15 June, 2021

Margaret Alva

Margaret Alva, who worked under four PMs and was governor of four states, talks in her autobiography, Courage & Commitment, about her journey as a politician

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Margaret Alva

Why did you write this now?

I worked on it for five years. I was away from family and began to reflect on my life.

Do you agree with the high-command culture in the Congress?

Why the Congress? Every party has a central leadership which takes decisions.

How do you see Siddaramaiah’s performance in Karnataka?

As an astute politician, he is doing his best. There is need for mass contact programmes.

Isn’t that missing in the Congress?

We have lost that somewhere along the line. The Youth Congress used to be such a vibrant, aggressive organisation.

In the book, you mentioned about A.K. Antony taking revenge against you.

There must have been something that made him upset about me.

Do you think Rahul Gandhi can grow as a leader?

Rahul will grow in his own time and in his own way. It’s not for me to comment on.

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