Pranab's 'Presidential Years' to hit stands in December

Pranab's 'Presidential Years' to hit stands in December

Come December, political watchers and readers will get a new insight into what happened in Rashtrapati Bhavan during the five years Pranab Mukherjee occupied the top post of President.

Mukherjee, whose tenure ended in July 2017, is now penning his memories of 'The Presidential Years', the fourth in his autobiography series and is expected to have "inside stories" that defined his Presidency that spanned over UPA and NDA governments.

The book will chronicle the journey of India's head of the state in "exhaustive detail", a statement Rupa Publications, which acquired the publishing rights, said.

Mukherjee, whose recent visit to RSS headquarters created a flutter, is likely to give a bird's eye view of the functioning of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the major events that made into the headlines. 

The book will have a first-hand account of the imposition of President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, which was nullified by the Supreme Court, demonetisation and surgical strikes in Pakistan and his relations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government. He also explains his vision of the relationship between the legislature, executive and the judiciary.

Mukherjee had in 26 January, 2016 given his assent to impose President's Rule in Arunachal Pradesh on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet but a Supreme Court decision quashing the then Arunachal Governor J P Rajkhowa's decision to advance the Assembly session from 14 January, 2016 to 16 December, 2015, had in effect nullified his assent to invoke Article 356.

With this book, Mukherjee will be covering his political life from Indira Gandhi years till the end of his Presidency. Though devoid of 'masala', his autobiographies were eagerly waited for his version of the happenings in the tumultuous political history of the country.

In the first volume 'The Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years', which was out in December 2014, Mukherjee had said that the Emergency could have been an "avoidable event" and Congress and Indira Gandhi paid a "heavy price for this "misadventure".

'The Turbulent Years: 1980-1996', the second volume that was published in December 2015, spoke about his relationship with Rajiv Gandhi and he tries to set the record straight that he did not aspire to become interim Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi's assassination. Such "false and spiteful" stories created misgivings in Rajiv Gandhi's mind that soured their relationship, he has said.

The third volume, 'The Coalition Years: 1996-2012' that hit the stands last October, spoke about his "vague" feeling that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi wanted to nominate Manmohan Singh as UPA presidential candidate in 2012 and make him the Prime Minister.