"An engrossing, personal view of the public events that have shaped India's recent history"
Check out Som Nath Dhar's memoir of public events from 1946 to 1984, from the partition of the country until Indira Gandhi's assassination. Events he covered as a journalist or witnessed as Nehru's personal assistant. As a government servant, an intelligence officer, as head of All India Radio news.
Starting with first-hand accounts of the violence unleashed by partition on both sides of the divide, the book takes us through independence, the unfolding Kashmir conflict, early nation-building, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru's death, Indira Gandhi's rise to and consolidation of power.... And much more, ending with Operation Bluestar and Indira Gandhi's assassination.
"Dhar writes from the heart without abandoning the head: this fusion gives the book a readability many others in the genre lack."
-- Kirpal Singh, Director, Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University
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