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Releasing Resurgent India

Releasing Resurgent India
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The book, launched in the presence of the Minister of Petroleum & Environment Veerappa Moily is an endeavour to discover the true significance of the contributions of Rajiv Gandhi in different areas of national life.

Talking about the prime subject of his book, PDT Achary said, ‘Rajiv Gandhi is perhaps one of the most misunderstood prime ministers in Indian history. It is important to first understand the heart and mind of one of the nation’s most influential leaders in order to be able to understand his ambitious policies in their entirety. Rajiv was clearly a man ahead of his time. While we are still living in a time period of five-year plans, his policies envisioned two decades. I hope I have been able to capture the essence of his futuristic vision and provide a balanced perspective of the media trial that he underwent during his tenure.’

This book objectively evaluates the contributions made by Rajiv Gandhi towards the nation. The prologue takes us through the major phases in Indian history and highlights the continuity of its cultural and political traditions, beginning from the Indus Valley Civilization to the later part of the 20th century. The epilogue narrates the post-1989 political developments characterized by instability caused by the coming and going of governments in quick succession and the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. It also provides a perspective on his personality and performance and also on the implications of his death for the political future of India.

Commenting on the book, Hamid Ansari said, ‘To write about Rajiv Gandhi, a modern Indian and his attempt to give a new thrust to a traditional India, would not have been easy. He had a vision of global peace and was one of the firsts to discuss about nuclear disarmament. I hope this book will be read by all those who are interested in contemporary Indian politics.’
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