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Between the Lines

Kuldip Nayar (Author)

Between the Lines is a classic among books on politics. It set a new trend in reporting which uncovered the dark, vicious conspiracies behind the events. Never before had reporting been so candid and so revealing. The author had benefited from a ringside view which he had in the sixties and the seventies as Press Officer to Home Minister, Govind Ballabh Pant and his successor, Lal Bhadur Shastri.

For the first time, you can read the full story about why the switch over to Hindi did not take place and why English and Hindi were both declared as link languages. The book also has a diary of the author on day-to-day developments of China’s war against India in 1962, the debacle of our armed forces and helplessness of government at New Delhi.

Written in readable, easy style, the book also describes the pulls and pressures for rupee’s devaluation which turned out to be a disaster for the nation. The author, privy to the wrangles within the Congress on the succession to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, tells why Shastri was chosen in preference to Mrs Indira Gandhi and then why she got the position and not Morarji Desai. Many other things come to light—such things which will add to your knowledge of Indian politics. The passage of time has only made mysteries more mysterious, simple issues more tangled and political plots more intriguing.

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About the author

Kuldip Nayar

Kuldip Nayar, born in Sialkot (Pakistan), was educated in Punjab University (Lahore), here he earned the degrees of BA (Hons), LLB. He did M.Sc. in journalism at the North-Western University in the US. The Gurunanak Dev University, Amritsar, also conferred on him a doctorate on philosophy. Kuldip Nayar is a renowned journalist, who has held several prestigious positions in newspapers like The Statesman, The Indian Express besides heading the United News of India (UNI), a premier news agency. Mr. Nayar was India’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He was the correspondent of The Times, London, for 25 years. He retired from the Rajya Sabha in August 2003. HE has been chairperson of Citizens of Democracy (CFD), a human rights organization. Mr. Nayar is the recipient of several academic awards, including Lord Astor Award for Press Freedom, Haldi Ghati Award, Bhai Vir Singh, Munshi Prem Chand, Sarojini Naidu Harmony, Pride of India (America) and Shiromani Gurudwara, Freedom of Information. He is a member of the Hall of Fame on the North-Western University. He is a prolific writer and has numerous works on his credit, including Between the Lines, India: The Critical Years, India after Nehru, In Jail, Report on Afghanistan, Tragedy of Punjab, India House, The Martyr: Bhagat Singh’s Experiments in Revolution.

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Title Between the Lines
Author Kuldip Nayar
Format Softcover
Date published: 11.01.2014
Edition Reprint.
Language: English
isbn 9789322008284
length xiii+321p., 20cm.
Subjects History