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A ROAD WELL TRAVELLED
Author :R.K. RAGHAVAN
Former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation and now diplomat,
R.K. Raghavan has had a tumultuous career—full of successes, yes, but also
one where he stood at the edge of some of India’s biggest fault lines.
On 21 May 1991, in Sriperumbudur, he was in charge of Congress leader
Rajiv Gandhi’s protection detail. Raghavan was only a few yards from
Gandhi when the former prime minister was assassinated by the Sri Lankan
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It was a crushing blow to the nation, and
one that left the top cop shaken to his core.
Years later, Raghavan handled investigations into the Bofors scam, the
cricket match-fixing scandal and the horrific Gujarat riots of 2002—key
events that came to define India’s national character. R.K. Raghavan has
been not only witnessed the country’s turbulent journey, but has been right
at the centre as pivotal events unfolded. In some instances, he determined
An Indian Police Service officer, Raghavan went on to become directorgeneral
of Tamil Nadu’s State Vigilance Directorate and then to head the
Interpol and the CBI. A Road Well Travelled chronicles his rise through the
ranks of the nation’s protectors and gatekeepers—from his first posting in
a small town in southern India to his sojourn at the sequestered worlds of
the Intelligence Bureau and the CBI, as well as his investigations abroad.
His recollections and personal insights are juxtaposed with fascinating
vignettes of life in the rank and file of the Indian police and machinations
in the corridors of power to reveal a nation on the move, simmering with
activity at levels not always visible to other citizens.
|Dimensions||20 × 4 × 15 cm|