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Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar who was also present in the book release function formally handed over the first copy to the President.  The book is all about developmental issues with an open and creative mind. The role of management, creativity, leadership, challenges and the precept of doing what one enjoys was also referred in his book.

While addressing the delegates, Mukherjee claimed that civil servants have made important contributions in taking the nation forward towards prosperity. Referring to Dutt’s book, he said, recalling the past through words is necessary because it highlights many issues that society has to struggle from time to time.‘I would like to convey my regards and best wishes to Dutt for putting pen to paper to record the past and his thoughts on important issues. The book would make interesting reading and would be useful in formulating policies and help in decision making, especially for the young bureaucrats,’ he said.

The President praised Dutt for his hard work and said, ‘When I was the defence minister, I had an opportunity to work with him. I was surprised with his knowledge over security issues. We can see many of his ideas are reflected in Chhattisgarh.’

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar also congratulated him for his book and told the audience that few people know that he played an important role in the 1971 war. ‘I would like to request him to share his experience and the rare photographs of the war he is having with us through the Parliament library.’

On January 23, 2010, Dutt became the Governor of Chhattisgarh. Earlier, on August 1, 2007, he became the Deputy National Security Adviser after relinquishing the charge of the defence secretary.

An IAS officer of the 1969 batch Madhya Pradesh cadre, Dutt is a recipient of Sena Medal for gallantry in 1971 Indo-Pak war. During his tenure as Defence Secretary, a number of
initiatives were taken towards increasing the pace of modernization as well as bringing about greater probity.
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