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President Pranab Mukherjee penned a book titled The Dramatic Decade on 1970s era

Nov 27, 2014 14:11 IST

Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years: Pranab Mukherjee

President of India Pranab Mukherjee penned a book titled The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years. The book has been published by Rupa and will be released on 11 December 2014.

The Dramatic Decade is the first of a three-part volume; the second one will be on the years from 1981–88 and the third volume will be from 1988 to 2012.

The book Dramatic Decade provides an insight into the era of 1970s, the era that largely belonged to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Years of 1970s are considered as a turning point in the political and economic evolution of India as this decade witnessed the India-Pakistan war, internal Emergency, economic reforms and the beginning of coalition politics in the country.

The book presents an exceptional portrait of a complex nation and draws from Pranab Mukherjee’s personal diary extracts, conversations with key players of the 1970s, and vital secondary literature.

Referring to the watershed moments in Ms. Gandhi’s political career, he makes a reference in the book to her mid-term resignation. He writes, Which democracy in the world would permit a change of a popularly and freely elected government through means other than a popular election? Can parties beaten at the hustings replace a popularly elected government by sheer agitation? Was it not prudent for those who were determined to change the government to wait till the elections which were but round the corner? Does the rule of law mean that the remedies available to the common man are to be denied to someone holding an elected office? How could anybody replace her when the overwhelming majority of Congress MPs—with a two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha—resolved that Indira Gandhi should continue as the party’s leader in Parliament and thereby as the Prime Minister of India?

Pranab Mukherjee earned the title of troubleshooter during his long years with the Congress. He began his role as a politician in 1969 as a Rajya Sabha member and earned himself the position of deputy minister in the Indira Gandhi government in 1973–74.

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