The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996

By Pranab Mukherjee

The Turbulent Years opens within the Nineteen Eighties. Sanjay Gandhi is lifeless below unforeseen, tragic conditions; now not decades later, Indira Gandhi is assassinated; Rajiv Gandhi, ‘the reluctant politician’, all of sudden turns into India’s best Minister.

Pranab Mukherjee used to be witness to (and, occasionally, a player in) the momentous occasions of the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineties, a interval that was once indubitably the main turbulent in India’s post-Independence heritage. An insider, he sheds new mild on each significant political incidence of the time—from Rajiv Gandhi’s ascendance as India’s leading Minister to the emergence of P.V. Narasimha Rao because the chief of a state; from Operation Blue megastar to the Babri Masjid fiasco.
Equally, Mukherjee is candid approximately all the expert crises that marked this era of his career—the rumours that he desired to elbow apart Rajiv Gandhi for the pinnacle submit; the potential purposes for his ouster from Rajiv’s cupboard and, later, the celebration; and the allegation that he aided and abetted the Left via no longer enforcing President’s rule in West Bengal and Tripura within the overdue 1980s.
The moment quantity of Mukherjee’s autobiography is not just a good account of his years in strength (and within the wilderness), but in addition a cogent research of the political and social turning issues of a key interval within the evolution of contemporary India.

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