24 September, 2020

Politically Correct Alexander? Not Always

Brimming with detail, the ex-bureaucrat settles a few scores and clears the air on others

Politically Correct Alexander? Not Always
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Dr Alexander says he was guided by "a sense of history" in writing this memoir. Blessed with both "eloquence and substance", the elusive combination he had looked for as a boy of nine, it’s his personal experience that comes first. But history needs distance between the narrator and the event if it’s to be different from yesterday’s newspaper.

His very first chapter deals with events as recent as the election of the President of India in 2002. Alexander recounts with bitter irony how an eminent and dedicated public servant like himself, who had been closely associated with three Congress prime ministers (Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao), was tricked out of the highest office through low and base intrigue. In this riveting political drama, scripted as a high-paced thriller, Alexander assigns to Natwar Singh the role of the chief of the ‘dirty tricks’ department and the main hatchet man. It was Natwar who’s said to have informed the Congress president that Alexander had ‘wangled’ a second term as governor of Maharashtra. In other words, he had...

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