Author: P C Alexander
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170940877
This is a book which gives an insider’s account of Indira Gandhi’s second innings as India’s prime minister.
This is a book which gives an insider’s account of Indira Gandhi’s second innings as India’s prime minister. 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 maters.
It is rare for Indian civil servants to write about the events they have observed during their career. To quote Dr. Alexander, he has chosen to depart from this tradition because “ I have been greatly impelled by sense of history and of duty to record the events relating to the most critical years of Indira Gandhi’s life. I happened to have been the only witness to some of them..”
EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS:
P.C. Alexander’s account … is extremely fascinating … studded with revelations.
-M J Akbar in TELEGRAPH
A serious book dealing with momentous and sensitive matters at the highest political levels.
-Natwar Singh in SUNDAY
… like the man himself – dignified, decent and diplomatic … an insider’s account about sensitive matters in the corridors of power.
-Subashree Krishnaswamy in INDIAN REVIEW OF BOOKS
2.Indira Gandhi’s Personality and Style of working
3.Travels abroad with Indira Gandhi
4.Indira Gandhi and M.G.R.
5.The Prime Minister and the President
6.The Last Days