One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography written by Kunwar Natwar Singh
One Life is Not Enough: An Autobiography written by Kunwar Natwar Singh was published on 1 August 2014. The book is an autobiography of the former External Affairs Minister and senior Congress Party leader Natwar Singh.
This autobiography has been in news and debate since past few days because it reveals much information about Sonia Gandhi, the President of the Congress Party. The book has been published by Rupa.
In the autobiography, Natwar Singh has shared his experiences on several events in the political corridors of Delhi. He has also described his early years as a diplomat, his proximity to former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, but more pertinently, say sources, to events post-Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991.
Some major facts revealed in the book includes
The truth behind the fact that forced Sonia Gandhi to not opt for the post of Prime Minister in 2004 General Elections: The book says that it was not the inner soul of Sonia Gandhi that forced her to pull back her name from the position of Prime Minister, but he was her son Rahul Gandhi, who feared that his mother’s fate would end up like his grandmother and father
In 1991, Shankar Dayal Sharma was Sonia’s first choice for the position of Prime Minister: The autobiography claims that in 1991, PV Narshimha Rao was second choice of Sonia Gandhi for the post of Prime Minister. Her first choice was the then Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma, who declined the offer due to poor health condition.
He had accused Sonia Gandhi for the debacle of Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha election: He had accused and criticized that the oldest political party of the country has been decimated to 44 seats in the Parliament in her leadership
He, in the book, also accused that 10 Janpath Sonia Gandhi’s residence has been a real seat of power for all these years: he had accused that Sonia Gandhi closely monitored all functioning of the government ministries. She also controlled the political actions of the UPA government.
Earlier two books also revealed the same thing. These two books are
• The Accidental Prime Minister written by former Media Adviser to PM Sanjaya Baru
• Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths, a memoir authored by former Coal Secretary PC Parakh
Kunwar Natwar Singh
Natwar Singh (83) is the same person, who stood beside the UPA government through its thick and thin times. He has been an UPA Former External Affairs Minister 2004-2005. Volcker report on the oil-for-food scam forced him to quit from the government in 2005 and later from Congress in 2008.
• Natwar Singh, as an External Affairs Minister in 2004-05 was also one of the early negotiators on the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal
• In Rajiv Gandhi’s government council he was a Minister of state with the portfolios of steel, agriculture, and coal and mines in 1985
• He joined Congress Party in 1984, after serving in Indian Foreign Service as a bureaucrat for 31 years
• He was born on 16 May 1931 in Jaghina, Bharatpur, British India (present-day Rajasthan, India)
Other books of Natwar Singh are
• The Legacy of Nehru
• Tales from Modern India
• Stories from India
• Maharaja Suraj Mal (1707–63)
• Curtain Raisers
• Profiles & Letters,
• The Magnificent Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1891–1938)
• Heart to Heart
• Walking with Lions: Tales from a Diplomatic Past
When: on 1 August 2014
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