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Indira Gandhi: Courage Under Fire

Uma Vasudev (Author)
Synopsis She was born to turbulent times, when India was in the throes of its battle for freedom from British rule. Her childhood memories were dominated by the presence of her illustrious father Jawaharlal Nehru, and others like Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi. She grew up not only as a woman of contemporary times but led a life that legends are made of. However, for Indira Gandhi, her true identity was always as a proud Indian. Read in this book about the personal tragedies and political crises that stalked her throughout: How in spite of being a democrat she turned a despot for nineteen months, how she then shed the totalitarian mantle in a defiant reversal to democratic norm. How she lost her next elections, but rose from the ashes of defeat to tule again. Learn how this charismatic leader was always at home-be it with the international elite or with the masses - a ruler for all her faults, who sought to see India great.
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About the author

Uma Vasudev

Uma Vasudev is the biographer of Indira Gandhi, India's late Prime Minister.  Her two books, Indira Gandhi: Revolution in Restraint and Two Faces of Indira Gandhi cover the tumultuous years of Indira Gandhi's growth to power and the later controversial period of the nineteen seventies and the Emergency.  Her third book, Indira Gandhi; Courage Under Fire takes the late Prime Minister's life up to her assassination in 1984.  Uma Vasudev's first novel, Song of Anasuya came out in 1978 and set a trend in analytical structural form and its portrayal of Delhi's high society.  Her second novel, Shreya of Sonagarh ranges over the nuances of a crumbling feudal order and bureaucratic ascendance in India of the nineteen sixties.  It was based on her own observations over years in Madhya Pradesh as the wife of an IAS officer, the late L.K. Malhotra.  She also published and edited her own magazine, Surge.  She was editor of India Quarterly, the journal of the Indian Council of World Affairs.  Subsequently, briefly, editor, India Today.  As a free lance columnist Uma Vasudev has continued to cover topics ranging from politics to the arts, both in the literary field and for radio and television.  Her particular interest has been Indian classical music in which she herself took vocal training at Delhi's Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.  Her portraits of India's great ustads and gurus in classical music were the earliest to be published in The Illustrated Weekly of India in the late fifties in the form of personal interviews which are now of archival value.  She has coordinated a series on Indian classical musicians for the BBC entitled Eastern Sounds.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indira Gandhi: Courage Under Fire
Author Uma Vasudev
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129101971
length 96p., Plates; Bibliography; 19cm.