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My Life and Years in Kashmir Politics

D.D. Thakur (Author)
Synopsis The book traces the vicissituades of an eventful life that started in the backwoods of what was a princely state in Northern India. It chronicles the events that culminated in the tribal aggression and Pak-occupation of a part of the State territory followed by accession to India and the emergence of popular rule in the State. It describes the stages through which democracy and democratic institutions in the state passed and finally languished. It gives a ringside view of the political developments in the State post-independence, especially the Kashmir Accord between Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mohd. Abdullah and its political fallout in the State. An autobiography by a man who played a constructive and pivotal role for a better understanding between the leadership in Kashmir and their counterparts in New Delhi – the book sheds considerable light on matters that have so far remained obscure. At the national level, the author’s interaction with the leaders of the post-independence era, events and anecdotes connected with them provides an insight into the contemporary political thought and compulsions. Farooq Abdullah’s rise and fall in Kashmir politics and the circumstances that led to his dismissal in 1984, have been described by an insider who played a major role in the events leading to the split of the National Conference and installation of G.M. Shah-led Ministry in the State. The focus briefly moves to the troubled State of Assam, and his understating of the nature and magnitude of the problem bring to public domain considerable information that was hitherto unknown.
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About the author

D.D. Thakur

D.D. Thakur, an eminent Supreme Court lawyer, former Judge of the High Court, former Minister in Sheikh Abdullah’s Cabinet, and former Deputy Chief Minister of the state was the Governor of Assam during the President’s Rule in that State. His memoirs, share with readers diverse facts not only about the author and his life abut about people he had occasion to meet and matters he had an opportunity to handle during his chequered career. As a Minister in Sheikh Abdullah’s cabinet, he was responsible for various progressive measures adopted to rid the system of corruption and arbitrariness. His role as a bridge between the Sheikh and the Congress Party which was then in a majority sustained the accord between Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Abdullah. His role as the architect of Dr. Abdullah’s dismissal and installation of a coalition government was both admired and criticized depending on who looked at the current political situation from what angle. His tenure as Governor of Assam and chairman of the North-East Council stemmed the secessionist movement in that State and is remembered for the all-round development of the Northeast region in general and Assam in particular.

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Bibliographic information

Title My Life and Years in Kashmir Politics
Author D.D. Thakur
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8122007015
length xii+529p., Plates; Index; 25cm.