01 November, 2020

'They Killed Him...'

Close friends say an ugly tug-of-war within the PMO put a huge strain on the late J.N. Dixit that he couldn't withstand

Jitender Gupta
'They Killed Him...'
At 11.30 pm, January 3, then national security advisor (NSA) J.N. Dixit returned from a dinner to his home in Safdarjung Lane and poured himself a drink. He was glum, and palpably perturbed. As Dixit began to sip his drink, sources extremely close to the family say, he mulled aloud whether or not it was better for him to resign from the coveted post he had bagged just seven months back.

This was the third occasion Dixit had contemplated resigning from his post. He had been under tremendous pressure largely because of the raging turf battle in the Prime Minister's Office. Pugnacious and feisty, what had tipped the scale against Dixit was that he, unlike his rivals in the PMO, didn't enjoy access to Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi. Thrice, his attempts to meet her had proved unsuccessful. At a suggestion that he should try to meet her again, Dixit, never the one to ingratiate, promptly dismissed the idea.

But Dixit, sources say, was aware of the damage his resignation could cause to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had reposed complete faith in him. His gratitude to...


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