Durbar

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  • Singh, Tavleen
  • English
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In the summer of 1975 Tavleen Singh, not yet twenty-five, started working as a junior reporter in the Statesman in New Delhi. Within five weeks, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared the Emergency, suspending fundamental rights and imposing press censorship, and soon reckless policies said to be authored by the prime minister’s younger son were unleashed on India’s citizens. As the country suffered under the iron fist of an elected icon and her chosen heir, Tavleen observed that a small, influential section of Delhi’s society – people she knew well – remained strangely unaffected by the perilous state of the nation. Before long, members of this circle were entrenched in key positions in the Indian government. In 1984, following Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Rajiv Gandhi became prime minister, fortified by a huge mandate from a nation desperate for change. But, belying its hopes, the young leader chose for himself a group of advisors, friends and acolytes from the drawing rooms of Delhi, as inexperienced as him and just as unaware of the ground realities of a complex nation. It was the beginning of a political culture of favouritism and ineptitude that would take hold at the highest levels of government, stunting India’s ambitions and frustrating its people well into the next century.Seasoned reporter and distinguished newspaper columnist Tavleen Singh’s Durbar is a sharp account of these turbulent years. Describing the Nehruvian era of her childhood, the Emergency of her youth and the political shifts that followed, Tavleen writes of the birth and evolution of insurgencies in Punjab and Kashmir, the blood spilt in assassinations and massacres, of crises internal and external and the clumsy attempts to set things right. A remarkable memoir, vivid with the colour of election campaigns and society dinners, low conspiracies and high corruption, Durbar rewards us with this truth: that if India is to achieve a better future the past can no longer be ignored or forgotten.' 'In the summer of 1975 Tavleen Singh, not yet twenty-five, started working as a junior reporter in the Statesman in New Delhi. Within five weeks, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared the Emergency, suspending fundamental rights and imposing press censorship, and soon reckless policies said to be authored by the prime minister’s younger son were unleashed on India’s citizens. As the country suffered under the iron fist of an elected icon and her chosen heir, Tavleen observed that a small, influential section of Delhi’s society – people she knew well – remained strangely unaffected by the perilous state of the nation. Before long, members of this circle were entrenched in key positions in the Indian government. In 1984, following Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Rajiv Gandhi became prime minister, fortified by a huge mandate from a nation desperate for change. But, belying its hopes, the young leader chose for himself a group of advisors, friends and acolytes from the drawing rooms of Delhi, as inexperienced as him and just as unaware of the ground realities of a complex nation. It was the beginning of a political culture of favouritism and ineptitude that would take hold at the highest levels of government, stunting India’s ambitions and frustrating its people well into the next century.Seasoned reporter and distinguished newspaper columnist Tavleen Singh’s Durbar is a sharp account of these turbulent years. Describing the Nehruvian era of her childhood, the Emergency of her youth and the political shifts that followed, Tavleen writes of the birth and evolution of insurgencies in Punjab and Kashmir, the blood spilt in assassinations and massacres, of crises internal and external and the clumsy attempts to set things right. A remarkable memoir, vivid with the colour of election campaigns and society dinners, low conspiracies and high corruption, Durbar rewards us with this truth: that if India is to achieve a better future the past can no longer be ignored or forgotten. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Tavleen Singh is the author of three books, Kashmir: A Tragedy of Errors, Lollipop Street: Why India Will Survive Her Politicians and Political and Incorrect. She spends her time between Delhi and Mumbai and writes four weekly political columns, in Hindi for Amar Ujala and Jansatta, and in English for syndication and an exclusive column for the Indian Express.
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Specifications
Language
  • English
Publisher
  • Hachette India
ISBN
  • 9789350094525
Publication Date
  • 2012-11-30
File Size
  • 0.73 MB
Ratings and Reviews
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Part gossip, part,history, part opinion piece. Simplistic at times, profound at others

A personal memoir more, less a serious historical account of Delhi politics and power-circle, this immensely readable, enjoyable book is not without its flaws. Some of the issues I had with the narrative was the author's own elitist nature, while detailing India's problems and blaming them on the unwashed masses and the elites of the country. Also, she is not immune to petty gossips and some generalizations. The almost non-existence of South India from this account and the singular focus on D...
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Mukesh Kumar

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You wont regret buying this book.

A must read book for someone interested in Indian politics. Tavleen singh being an insider and close (** was ) to people at the helm of affairs especially the gandhi family , gives us a honest first person account of how gandhi family ruled ( ** destroyed ) India through its populists policies and political naivety.
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Veeresh Rudrappa

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An eye opener

This book gives an accurate idea of the kind of people who ruled the country . Makes one wonder whether things could have been far worse than the present situation of the country. Were we lucky to have not ended up worse. A very objective account of the experiences of the author . Gives an in depth understanding of the countries politics.
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Dr Arijit Ganguly

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Brilliant!

Well written, a truly interesting account of the political dynasty history of India by an insider. A must, must read.
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Appropriate

Durbar is the history of India post independence (1975-2010)
Hats off to writer for giving very minute factual details specially of Gandhi dynasty. Her observations about the political situations are precise.A highly absorbing study narrated in very simple form.All those having interest in Indian politics must read.
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A must read about the way our country was run by the Gandhi valley

A wonderful book by Tavleen Singh and an eye opener on how the corrupt and clueless Gandhi family run the country. It talks about the bungling and negligence and utter cluelessness of Rajve and his circle of friends as well as Sonia.
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Prasanth Prabhu

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An excellent read about Indira and Rajiv Gandhi's rule

Tavleen knew Rajiv personally yet her analysis of the period starting emergency to his death is quite critical. I have read about the emergency, heard first hand account about Indira Gandhi's assassination, but reading about them again here and the operation bluestar sent a chill down my spine.

The flow of the events in the book is sequential, hence easy to read. the simple sentences and the story like writing make the book interesting. Highly recommended if you like modern political history.
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