MY YEARS WITH RAJIV TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY

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Author :WAJAHAT HABIBULLAH

ISBN:9789389648492

Imprint: Westland

Language- English

Binding:Hardback

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‘Wise, witty and intensely moving, the book brings to vivid life not just the

personality of Rajiv Gandhi as a man and a leader but a whole phase of modern

India’s political history. The author narrates with total honesty and the most

becoming modesty the story of promise soaring into achievement only to be cut

down by destiny’s inscrutable hand. Habibullah is to Rajiv what Abul Fazl was to

Akbar.’ -Gopalkrishna Gandhi

If you want to know who Rajiv Gandhi was as a person, a friend and a leader, and

what his contributions as prime minister were, Wajahat Habibullah’s thoughtful

book, written with the sure hand of one who knew him from childhood and also

served him professionally, is an unputdownable must read.’ -Pavan K. Varma

On 21 May 1991, Wajahat Habibullah, then the commissioner of Kashmir

(constituting the valley and two districts of Ladakh), had returned home after

inspecting a mysterious fire at Dalgate, Srinagar. Much to his dismay, there had

been another fire, one that left him devastated: an RDX explosion in the south

Indian town of Sriperumbudur had taken the life of India’s sixth prime minister,

Rajiv Gandhi.

My Years with Rajiv is an endearing account of a friendship that turned into an

administrative partnership, one that gave Habibullah an acute insight into Rajiv

Gandhi’s political life. But equally, in this lucid memoir, recounting his years in

the Indian Administrative Services, particularly at the Prime Minister ’s Office, he

walks us through the last three decades of the twentieth century—in many ways,

the most formative years of Indian history.

Habibullah also seeks to demystify the workings of the Indian government and

bureaucracy: the modernisation of the Nehruvian nation, the turbulence of

the Khalistan years in Punjab, the introduction of grassroots policies aimed at

poverty alleviation in rural India, the beginning of telecommunications services,

the Shah Bano case, the opening of the locks at Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi,

Indian interventions in Sri Lanka, and much else. In this, the author, a natural

raconteur, is more than successful, telling the tale in his inimitably candid and

self-effacing manner.

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Weight2 kg
Dimensions20 × 5 × 14 cm

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