My Years With Indira Gandhi

Publisher : Vision Books
Publisher Address : 24, Feroze Gandhi Road, Lajpat Nagar III,New Delhi-110024.India
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P.C. Alexander’s was a vantage view of Indira Gandhi’s prime ministership from 1981 till her assassination and Rajiv Gandhi’s taking over as Prime Minister in October 1984. During this period he served as Mrs Gandhi’s Principal Secretary, involved by her own wishes, not only in government affairs but also in her party, political, and sometimes, personal matters. It is thus an important and honest insider’s account of much of what happened during that period, including:The rocky shoals through which her relations had to pass with two successive PresidentsNew insights into Mrs Gandhi’s role in the dismissals of the first communist government in Kerala in 1957, and N.T.Rama Rao’s government in Andhra Pradesh in 1984The background on various cabinet reshufflesHer assessment of key party and government colleaguesHer attitude towards those who had deserted her in her years out of power (1977-1980)How Mrs Gandhi seriously considered the possibility of contesting the Presidential election of 1982 and how she struck up an enduring political alliance with the hugely popular Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MG RamachandranThe major thrust Mrs Gandhi made in improving India’s international relationsIndira Gandhi’s death and the drama behind Rajiv’s succession as Prime Minister.Here, then, is a book which gives an insider’s account of Indira Gandhi’s second innings as India’s Prime Minister.