Second volume of President Mukherjee’s autobiography unveiled

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New Delhi, Jan. 28 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Thursday unveiled the second volume of memoirs of President Pranab Mukherjee titled ‘The Turbulent Years 1980-1996’ at a function held in Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said the first volume ‘The Dramatic Decade-The Indira Gandhi Years’ was released on December 11, 2014, and he had committed to his readers that the second volume would come out in a year, but unfortunately he could not keep his commitment and the book is coming out only today.

The President said he has had good fortune to be a witness and, sometimes, a participant in many momentous events of the 1980s and 1990s.

This volume is an account of major events from his perspective. He has the habit of writing a page in his diary everyday. The basic materials in this book are from his diaries.

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He has, however, adopted a conservative approach. He has held many sensitive posts over his long career in public service and was bound by oath not to divulge any information he might have come to know as minister. It is his conviction that some facts are never to be revealed.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President said, “The book is a commentary on our times and the age in which we live. It has several pertinent observations on the nature of Indian polity and Indian federalism which needs to be read carefully.”

Commenting on the book, Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament, said, “The book is of great value because of the assessment of various personalities in it, description of major events of the period and the light it throws on important economic issues of that time.”

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“The most fascinating aspect of the book is the description of President’s political career with its remarkable ups and downs,” he said, while describing the President as a highly intelligent, seasoned and gifted politician, blessed with tremendous memory and great intellectual stature. (ANI)

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