Reviews > The Accidental Prime Minister: Revelation or betrayal?
  • Shakti Sinha

    The reviewer protests too much. Memoirs are not supposed to be odes of loyalty. There would be little history without them. We would know nothing of Raziya Sultan but for Jowzjani, and little of Akbar and the rulers before him without Badauni’s critical Tarikh-I-Badauni. Globally people in high office, or close to those in high office, write memoirs. These would be necessarily subjective, and the reader must take a call. But to accuse Baru, or now Natwar Singh, of betraying trust is appalling logic. Those holding high office etc have tacitly agreed that they have no private life, and why should they? The public has a right to know (Sorry Arnab, not just the nation!). And if Sanjaya has betrayed Dr Singh, then it just reflects the latter’s lack of judgement. Either way, he is damned, and rightly so for devaluing not just his office but the entire edifice of democratic governance.


    Baru”s book has the ring of truth around it. And truth is the best defense. Naturally every book reflects the person”s perceptions. And it should be like that. A new theory is being put out out that all aides should be subservient to their masters. The review is in bad taste.

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