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The Turbulent Years: 1980 - 1996

The Turbulent Years: 1980 - 1996

A sharp insider’s account of the many political and economic decisions that shaped the future of modern India.

The Turbulent Years opens in the 1980s. Sanjay Gandhi is dead under unexpected, tragic circumstances; not many years later, Indira Gandhi is assassinated; Rajiv Gandhi, ‘the reluctant politician’, abruptly becomes India’s Prime Minister. Pranab Mukherjee was witness to (and, sometimes, a participant in) the momentous events of the 1980s and the 1990s, a period that was indisputably the most turbulent in India’s post- Independence history. An insider, he sheds new light on every major political occurrence of the time from Rajiv Gandhi’s ascendance as India’s Prime Minister to the emergence of P.V. Narasimha Rao as a leader of the nation; from Operation Blue Star to the Babri Masjid fiasco. Equally, Mukherjee is candid about each of the professional crises that marked this period of his career the rumours that he wanted to elbow aside Rajiv Gandhi for the top post; the possible reasons for his ouster from Rajiv’s Cabinet and, later, the party; and the allegation that he aided and abetted the Left by not imposing President’s rule in West Bengal and Tripura in the late 1980s. The second volume of Mukherjee’s autobiography is not only an honest account of his years in power (and in the wilderness), but also a cogent analysis of the political and social turning points of a key period in the evolution of modern India.

• Candidly written, this book is an insightful peek into the political as well as personal lives of some of the most celebrated leaders of India, like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao • Presents a revealing picture of how a democracy functions, covering one of the most controversial periods between 1980 and 1996 • Gives a blow-by-blow account of Mukherjee’s return to Delhi from Contai alongside Rajiv Gandhi on 31 October 1984, the day Indira Gandhi was assassinated • Openly talks about the incidents leading to Mukherjee's expulsion from the Congress party, and the years of struggle that followed as well as his failed attempt at starting a political party • Narrates in great detail the infamous tussle between Swraj Paul and DCM/Escorts • Chronicles the shocking demolition of the Babri Masjid and presents Mukherjee's candid views on whether the Narasimha Rao government could have done anything differently to prevent it. • The most-awaited second volume of Pranab Mukherjee's memoirs, after the bestselling The Dramatic Decade

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