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  1. says:

    Reminiscences of the Nehru Age is a book written by M.O Mathai about his experiences while working as the private secretary to India s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru There are 49 chapters, some on Nehru s work and personal life and some on the people that Mathai met while working with Nehru The chapter 29 named She has been later withdrawn from the book And obviously this book was banned by Congress government So naturally I was curious I found the book The book gives the reader some first hand information on several anecdotes, facts historical references It is an engaging read in which Mathai effortlessly takes the reader back in time and narrates his encounters experiences with different leaders in a very blunt unforgiving style Neatly divided into isolated chapters, he speaks out his mind about each leader per chapter This book gives a snapshot political Indian history from 1946 through 1959 There is an unverified text floating on the Internet, with credit to Maneka Gandhi, Mrs Gandhi s younger daughter in law You can She chapter online which is removed from the book Here is the link the book is banned in India.Here is the PDF download of the book.Part 1https archive.org download ReminiscPart 2https archive.org download ReminiscOr full version.https kupdf.com download reminiscen One will get to understand the dark side of the Indian politics roots and unmasks the culprits behind misleading the nation Appreciate Mr Mathai s courage.Read it to satisfy your curious mind Interesting book.


  2. says:

    A few years ago, an old friend of mine had suggested to read some books on Modern Indian Political history to get the shocking facts about the prominent leaders who played their great and unforgettable role in the freedom struggle and afterwards in shaping the modern India On pressurizing my memory I can remember two books now, the first, Reminiscences of the Nehru Age by M O Mathai and The Intellectuals in India by Nirad C Chaudhary was the second Fortunately, a few days ago, I got the link to download the PDF format of this book on Goodreads from an online friend, and I enjoyed this book thoroughly.The AuthorBefore taking you in the contents of the book, let me tell you briefly about the author Mathai was Nehru s Special Assistant from 1946 to 1959, erstwhile he had worked with US Army in the organization named American Red Cross in the Assam Burma border region till the end of 1945 After that he acted as the ad hoc Personal Secretary of Nehru for thirteen years Later, he was alleged by some communist leaders for the abuse of power, and so, he resigned in 1959 Though the allegations couldn t be proved due to lack of satisfactory evidences, but he didn t resume the office again He was in touch with Nehru till his death on 27 May, 1964 Mathai died in 1981 This book was also banned for its controversial contents.The BookThe book has 49 chapters and 5 appendixes in which the Chapter 29 titled as She is omitted As it is quoted in the book On an intensely personal experience of the author s, written without inhibition, in D H Lawrence s style has been withdrawn by the author at the last moment First I thought that it must be based on the psycho analytic treatment of sex or on Oedipus or Electra Complex, and then I read it on Internet, anyone can find the chapter on many blog sites and websites The chapter describes the love affair of Mathai and Indira Gandhi like a B grade Bollywood movie Sources on the Internet say that it was made available by Menaka Gandhi, how she got the access to make it public, from Mathai or the Publishers Well, the writing style perfectly matches with Mathai s, so it won t be easy for anyone to deny its credibility.Apart from this controversial chapter, all the other chapters are also written describing the personalities, merits and demerits of various prominent leaders in a blatant manner Mathai hasn t forgiven anyone for his her mistakes, malice and ill motives Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, Rafi Ahmad Kidwai, the Mounbattens, Sarojni Naidu and her daughters, Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, Firoz Gandhi, Vijay Laksmi Pandit, Govind Vallabh Panth, T T Krisnamachari, Kamraj, Lal Bahadur Shastri, MorarJi Desai and other leaders as well He has given five chapters to criticize V K Krishna Menon representing him almost the most pompous, schizophrenic, satyr and satanic person of the post independence era till 1962 Nehru had to be ashamed of his acts many times, but Menon was a baseless person.to read the full review, go to the link


  3. says:

    This book is than Nehru s private life It contains valuable references to and insights into the events folding just after India s independence.For a long time I searched for a hard copy of this book I learnt in the process that it had been banned by the Govt of India Naturally, I was curious My perseverance paid off and for a modest price I was able to download an electronic version of the book It is extremely informative and at the same time EXPLOSIVE to say the least The author, Mr M O Mathai, as Nehru s Special Assistant, was in an exceptional position to first hand see the goings on in the national and international arena He also admits to a 12 year long affairs with Nehru s daughter, Indira Gandhi, and the fact that Mr Nehru was aware of that liaison Although a kiss and tell chapter titled She in the book was dropped from publication at the last minute, there is an unverified text floating on the Internet, with credit to Maneka Gandhi, Mrs Gandhi s younger daughter in law However, there is little of no proof that Mr Mathai penned those words For the rest, the author had very little reason, if at all, to publish a scandalous book risking legal ramifications The book contains many interesting facts and historic anecdotes If the mind boggling information contained therein is true, it is unconscionable that the public has been denied access to the facts Suppression of information only makes the public even determined In this electronic age, it is much easier to obtain information and disseminate it to the masses with a simple click The action of Govt of India to take such extreme measures to prevent circulation of this book only supports the author s claims The reader sees how some able and competent ideologists did not survive the politics to claim their rightful place in running the country It is an equal shame that early in the emergence of the Republic of India, the corrupt and egotist politicians, who were ill prepared as administrators, took impulsive, self serving, near sighted and ill advised decisions or without proper counsel, which often were for vindictive reasons against their political rivals rather than for the good of the country that in the process they only caused irreparable damage to India s national security, as well as financial and political viability, not to mention tarnishing her international standing It took nearly six decades for India to do damage control and to claim her rightful place on the world stage Even though the book chronicles one man s views and recollections of events and individuals, which may be colored by his perception of the truth and or personal biases, it has to be in a great part factual In fact, growing up I recall hearing from my parents many incidents or liaisons, which supposedly were public knowledge Nonetheless the press remained kind to Nehru for the high esteem in which he was held by the public and the media A smart man like Mr Mathai would neither gamble with his reputation nor would he risk libel slander charges Most significantly, he was already a man of means when he joined Pt Nehru in 1946, and did not need regular income to support himself He served Mr Nehru during one of the most momentous periods in the Indian History, and long before Mr Nehru was part of the Government In fact, Mr Mathai joined his staff on Government payroll only reluctantly His resignation in 1959 was tendered in the aftermath of communist propaganda Mr Mathai did not want to make public any of his personal matters Mr Nehru knew him well, trusted him implicitly, and was aware of no wrongdoing on Mr Mathai s part He, however, did include them in his letter to Mr Nehru Appendix III of this book when requesting termination of his Govt employment Naturally, in his 13 year association with Mr Nehru, Mr Mathai had a unique opportunity to see many significant events unfold No one else knew Nehru as well or as closely as he did It is fair to say that Mr Mathai s reminiscences had to do little or nothing with grinding an axe against anyone One exception is the missing Chapter 29, titled She, allegedly dealing with his 12 year affair with Indira Gandhi Since the book was published soon after the Emergency imposed by Mrs Gandhi, it is likely, and understandably so, why this chapter which even though is included in the Table of Contents was withdrawn before the book went to the printing press A page with chapter title She is included, with the publisher s note that says This chapter on an intensely personal experience of the author s, written without inhibition in the D.H Lawrence style, has been withdrawn by the author at the last minute PUBLISHERS The date is November 1st, 1977 This book gives a snap shot of major happenings in the history of India from 1946 through 1959 Mr Mathai s account of major events is very informative His candid verbal sketches of a number of key players Lord Mountabtten, Sardar Patel, Govind Vallabh Pant, Maulana Azad, Sarojini Naidu, Rajendra Parsad, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and others are invaluable The reader is invaluably benefited by an understanding of the events and actors of a crucial time in Indian history and the country s emergence as a republic His insights, impressions and reminiscences of the noted key figures of the times are interesting for a generation like mine that grew only hearing those names Even when he jumps between various characters one does not lose the thread Whenever pertinent, he links an ongoing discussion with an earlier chapter to sort of jog the reader s memory Mr Mathai s writing is crisp His style of narration is a combination of being matter of factly and funny at the same time He minces no words In his recollections, he is both poignant and witty Mr Mathai s affection and admiration for Mr Nehru, and his loyalty comes through and through Mr Mathai comes across sincere and perhaps that is another factor by that lends credibility to his book It is a must read book for all inquiring minds After downloading, I printed a hard copy for the ease of reading, and just could not put it down Now begins my feverish search for the other banned Mathai book My Days with Nehru Reminiscences of the Nehru Age by M.O MathaiThis book is than Nehru s private life It contains valuable references to and insights into the events folding just after India s independence.For a long time I searched for a hard copy of this book I learnt in the process that it had been banned by the Govt of India Naturally, I was curious My perseverance paid off and for a modest price I was able to download an electronic version of the book It is extremely informative and at the same time EXPLOSIVE to say the least The author, Mr M O Mathai, as Nehru s Special Assistant, was in an exceptional position to first hand see the goings on in the national and international arena He also admits to a 12 year long affairs with Nehru s daughter, Indira Gandhi, and the fact that Mr Nehru was aware of that liaison Although a kiss and tell chapter titled She in the book was dropped from publication at the last minute, there is an unverified text floating on the Internet, with credit to Maneka Gandhi, Mrs Gandhi s younger daughter in law However, there is little of no proof that Mr Mathai penned those words For the rest, the author had very little reason, if at all, to publish a scandalous book risking legal ramifications The book contains many interesting facts and historic anecdotes If the mind boggling information contained therein is true, it is unconscionable that the public has been denied access to the facts Suppression of information only makes the public even determined In this electronic age, it is much easier to obtain information and disseminate it to the masses with a simple click The action of Govt of India to take such extreme measures to prevent circulation of this book only supports the author s claims The reader sees how some able and competent ideologists did not survive the politics to claim their rightful place in running the country It is an equal shame that early in the emergence of the Republic of India, the corrupt and egotist politicians, who were ill prepared as administrators, took impulsive, self serving, near sighted and ill advised decisions or without proper counsel, which often were for vindictive reasons against their political rivals rather than for the good of the country that in the process they only caused irreparable damage to India s national security, as well as financial and political viability, not to mention tarnishing her international standing It took nearly six decades for India to do damage control and to claim her rightful place on the world stage Even though the book chronicles one man s views and recollections of events and individuals, which may be colored by his perception of the truth and or personal biases, it has to be in a great part factual In fact, growing up I recall hearing from my parents many incidents or liaisons, which supposedly were public knowledge Nonetheless the press remained kind to Nehru for the high esteem in which he was held by the public and the media A smart man like Mr Mathai would neither gamble with his reputation nor would he risk libel slander charges Most significantly, he was already a man of means when he joined Pt Nehru in 1946, and did not need regular income to support himself He served Mr Nehru during one of the most momentous periods in the Indian History, and long before Mr Nehru was part of the Government In fact, Mr Mathai joined his staff on Government payroll only reluctantly His resignation in 1959 was tendered in the aftermath of communist propaganda Mr Mathai did not want to make public any of his personal matters Mr Nehru knew him well, trusted him implicitly, and was aware of no wrongdoing on Mr Mathai s part He, however, did include them in his letter to Mr Nehru Appendix III of this book when requesting termination of his Govt employment Naturally, in his 13 year association with Mr Nehru, Mr Mathai had a unique opportunity to see many significant events unfold No one else knew Nehru as well or as closely as he did It is fair to say that Mr Mathai s reminiscences had to do little or nothing with grinding an axe against anyone One exception is the missing Chapter 29, titled She, allegedly dealing with his 12 year affair with Indira Gandhi Since the book was published soon after the Emergency imposed by Mrs Gandhi, it is likely, and understandably so, why this chapter which even though is included in the Table of Contents was withdrawn before the book went to the printing press A page with chapter title She is included, with the publisher s note that says This chapter on an intensely personal experience of the author s, written without inhibition in the D.H Lawrence style, has been withdrawn by the author at the last minute PUBLISHERS The date is November 1st, 1977 This book gives a snap shot of major happenings in the history of India from 1946 through 1959 Mr Mathai s account of major events is very informative His candid verbal sketches of a number of key players Lord Mountabtten, Sardar Patel, Govind Vallabh Pant, Maulana Azad, Sarojini Naidu, Rajendra Parsad, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and others are invaluable The reader is invaluably benefited by an understanding of the events and actors of a crucial time in Indian history and the country s emergence as a republic His insights, impressions and reminiscences of the noted key figures of the times are interesting for a generation like mine that grew only hearing those names Even when he jumps between various characters one does not lose the thread Whenever pertinent, he links an ongoing discussion with an earlier chapter to sort of jog the reader s memory Mr Mathai s writing is crisp His style of narration is a combination of being matter of factly and funny at the same time He minces no words In his recollections, he is both poignant and witty Mr Mathai s affection and admiration for Mr Nehru, and his loyalty comes through and through Mr Mathai comes across sincere and perhaps that is another factor by that lends credibility to his book It is a must read book for all inquiring minds After downloading, I printed a hard copy for the ease of reading, and just could not put it down Now begins my feverish search for the other banned Mathai book My Days with Nehru View all my reviews


  4. says:

    I can finish this review only in few sentences Everyone except the author and his boss i.e Jawaharlal Nehru are corrupt, arrogant, lost, power hungry, naive, stupid, anti India, anti social and what not Only Jawaharlal Nehru was and is the true son of India Damn, after interesting initial say 10 chapters I started getting irritated.I could sense the course of the chapters.appreciate the PM and say bad things about others One of the many things I want to say is about Sardar Patel, the author had painted a very bad picture of his.but the truth is had it not been for Patel, India would have not have been there if Nehru s idea of exchanging letters would have continued Nehru became PM because Gandhi requested Patel to step down.Damn.it makes me furious reading Nehru being made the God and efforts of all others being put in a gutter And am sure had he written the truth he would have been killed then and there and we would never have come to know about the book Overall, good to read to know at least few facts


  5. says:

    Every Indian that grew up learning about the greatness of Nehru, MK Gandhi, Indira etc must read this book No wonder Indian govt banned this book Now I must find the other out of print, banned book written by Mr Mathai This book is available as a free download here should you read him Before I started writing this book, I suspended from my mind all personal loyalties of a conventional nature Only my obligation to history remained I have made no full scale assessments of the historic persons with whom I came into close contact It is for distinguished historians of the future to undertake that task That s why.


  6. says:

    GANDHI S FAMILY TREE WORTH SPENDING 15 MINUTES TO READ At the very beginning of his book, The Nehru Dynasty , astrologer K N Rao mentions the names of Jawahar Lal s father and grandfather Jawahar Lal s father was believed to be Moti Lal and Moti Lal s father was one Gangadhar Nehru And we all know that Jawahar Lal s only daughter was Indira Priyadarshini Nehru, Kamala Nehru was her mother, who died in Switzerland of tuberculosis She was totally against Indira s proposed marriage with Feroze Why No one tells us that Now, who is this Feroze We are told by many he was the son of the family grocer The grocer supplied wines etc to Anand Bhavan, preciously known as Ishrat Manzil, which once belonged to a Muslim lawyer named Mobarak Ali Moti Lal was earlier an employee of Mobarak Ali What was the family grocer s name One frequently hears that Rajiv Gandhi s grandfather was Pandit Nehru But then we all know that everyone has two grandfathers, the paternal and the material grandfather In fact, the paternal grandfather is deemed to be the important grandfather in most societies Why is it then nowhere we find Rajiv Gandhi s paternal grandfather s name It appears that the reason is simply this Rajiv Gandhi s paternal grandfather was a Muslim gentleman from the Junagadh area of Gujrat This Muslim grocer by the name of Nawab Khan, had married a Parsi woman after converting her to Islam This is the source where from the myth of Rajiv being a Parsi was derived Rajiv s father Feroze was Feroze Khan before he married Indira, against Kamala Nehru s wishes Feroze mother s family name was Ghandy, often associated with Parsis and this was changed to Gandhi, sometime before his wedding with Indira by an affidavit The fact of the matter is that and this fact can be found in many writings Indira was very lonely Chased out of the Shantiniketan University by Guru Dev Rabindranath himself for misdemeanor, the lonely girl was an by herself while father Jawahar was busy with polities pretty women and illicit sex the mother was in hospital Feroze Khan, the grocer s son was then in England and he was quite sympathetic to Indira and soon enough she changed her religion, became a Muslim women and married Feroze Khan in a London mosque Nehru was not happy Kamala was dead already or dying The news of this married eventually reached Mohandas Karan Chand Gandhi Gandhi urgently called Nehru and practically ordered him to ask the young man to change his name from Khan to Gandhi It had nothing to do with change of religion, from Islam to Hindustan for instance It was just a case of a change of name by an affidavit And so Feroze Khan became Feroze Gandhi The surprising thing is that the apostle of truth, the old man soon to be declared India s Mahatma and the Father of the Nation didn t mention this game of his in the famous book My Experiments with Truth Why When they returned to India, a mock Vedic marriage was instituted for public consumption On the subject, writes M O Mathai a longtime private secretary of Nehru in his renowned but now suppressed by the GOI Reminiscences of the Nehru Age on page no 94, second paragraph For some inexplicable reason, Nehru allowed the marriage to be performed according to Vedic rited in 1942 An inter religious and inter caste marriage Vedic rites at that time was not valid in law To be legal, it had to be a civil marriage It s a known fact that after Rajiv s birth Indira and Feroze lived separately, but they were not divorced Feroze used to harass Nehru frequently for money and also interfere in Nehru s political activities Nehru got fed up and left instructions not to allow him into the Prime Minister s residence Trimurthi Bhavan Mathai writes that the death of Feroze came as a relief to Nehru and Indira The death of Feroze in 1960 before he could consolidate his own political force, is itself a mystery Feroze had even planned to remarry Those who try to keep tabs on our lenders in spite of all the suppressions and deliberate misinformation are aware of the fact that the second son Indira or Mrs Feroze Khan known as Sanjay Gandhi was not the son of Feroze He was the son of another Moslem gentleman, Mohammad Yunus Here in passing, we might that the second son was originally named Sanjeev It rhymed with Rajiv, the elder brother s name It was claimed to Sanjeev when he was arrested by the British police in England and his passport impounded, for having stolen a car Krishna Menon was then India s High Commissioner in London He offered to issue another passport to the felon who changed his name to Sanjay Incidentally, Sanjay s marriage with the Sikh girl Menaka now they call her Maneka for Indira Gandhi found the name of Lord Indra s court dancer rather offensivet took place quite surprisingly in Mohammad Yunus house in New Delhi And the marriage with Manaka who was a model She had modeled for Bombay Dyeing wearing just a towel was not so ordinary either Sanjay was notorious in getting unwed young women pregnant Menaka too was rendered pregnant by Sanjay It was then that her father Colonel Anand threatened Sanjay with dire consequences if he did not marry her daughter And that did the trick Sanjay married Menaka It was widely reported in Delhi at the time that Mohammad Yunus was unhappy at the marriage of Sanjay with Menaka apparently he had wanted to get him married with a Muslim girl of his choice It was Mohammad Yunus who carried the most when Sanjay died in the plane accident In Yunus book, Persons, Passions Polities one discovers that baby Sanjay had been circumcised following Islamic custom, although the reason stated was phimosis It was always believed that Sanjay used to blackmail Indira Gandhi and due to this she used to turn a blind eye when Sanjay Gandhi started to run the country as though if were his personal fiefdom Was he black mailing her with the secret of who his real father was When the news of Sanjay s death reaches Indira Gandhi, the first thing she wanted to know was about the bunch of keys which Sanjay had with him Nehru was no less a player in producing bastards At least one case is very graphically described by M O Mathai in his Reminiscences of the Nehru Age page 206 Muthai writes In the antumn of 1948 India became free in 1947 and a great deal of work needed to be done a young woman from Benares arrived in New Delhi as a sanyasin named Shraddha Mata an assumed and not a real name She was a Sanskrit Scholar well versed in the ancient Indian scriptures and mythology.People including MPs, thronged to her to hear her discourses Suddenly Shraddha Mata disappeared In November 1949 a convent in Bangalore sent a decent looking person to Delhi with a bundle of letters He said One day S D Upadhyaya, Nehru s old employee, brought a letter in Hindi from Shraddha Mata Nehru gave her an interview in the PM s House As her departed, I noticed Mathai is speaking here that she was young, shapely and beautiful Meetings with her became rather frequent , mostly after Nehru finished his work at night During one of Nehru s visits to Lucknow, Shraddha Mata turned up there, and Upadhyaya brought a letter from her as usual Nehru sent her the reply, and she visited Nehru at midnight that a young woman from northern India arrived at the convent a few months ago and gave birth to a baby boy She refused to divulge her name or give any particulars about herself She left the convent as soon as she was well enough to move out but left the child behind She however forgot to take with her a small cloth bundle in which, among other things, several letters in Hindi were found The Mother superior, who was a foreigner , had the letters examined and was told they were from the Prime Minister The person, who brought the letters surrendered them, I Mathai made discreet inquiries repeatedly about the boy but failed to get a clue about his whereabouts Convents in such matters are extremely tightlipped and secretive Had I succeeded in locating the boy I would have adopted him He must have grown up as a Catholic Christian blissfully ignorant of who his father was Coming back to Rajiv Gandhi, we all know now that he changed his so called Paris religion to become a Catholic to marry Sania Maino of Turin, Italy Rajiv become Roberto His daughter s name is Bianca and son s name is Raul Quite cleverly the same names are presented to the people of India as Priyanka and Rahul What is amazing is the extent of our people s ignorance in such matters The press conference that Rajiv Gandhi gave in London after taking over as prime minister of India was very informative In this press conference , Rajiv boasted that he was NOT a Hindu but a Paris Mind you, speaking of the Paris religion, he had no Paris ancestor at all His grandmother father s mother has turned Muslim after having abandoned the Paris religion to marry Nawab Khan It is the western press that waged a blitz of misinformation on behalf of Rajiv From the New York Times to the Los Angles Times and the Washington Post the big guns raised Rajiv to heaven The children s encyclopedias recorded that Rajiv was a qualified Mechanical Engineer from the revered University of Cambridge No doubt US kids are among the most misinformed in the world today The reality is that in all three years of his tenure at that University Rajiv had not passed a single examination He had therefore to leave Cambridge without a certificate Sonia too had the same benevolent treatment She was stated to be student in Cambridge Such a description is calculated to mis lead Indian She was a student in Cambridge all right but not of the University of Cambridge but of one of those fly by night language schools where foreign student come to leave English Sonia was working as an an pair girl in Cambridge and trying to learn English at the same time And surprise of surprises, Rajiv was even cremated as per vedic rites in full view of India s public This is the Nehru dynasty that India worships and now an Italian leads a prestigious national party because of just one qualification being married into the Nehru family Maneka Gandhi itself is being accepted by the non Congress parties not because she was a former model or an animal lover, but for her links to the Nehru family Saying that an Italian should not lead India will amount to narrow mindedness.


  7. says:

    I got attracted to this book only because I learned it was banned in India.After reading this book now I have different opinion on Political leaders of India Mathai explains his views on Nehru and the other political leaders of that time in this book It is interesting to know the personal life of leaders whom we learn in books in schools.


  8. says:

    When it comes to Nehru Gandhi age, there had always been than two sides to the same story with no living proof to vouch for anything, making it difficult to assess opinions as biased or unbiased, true or false The mere fact that this book is still banned in India kind of is my only conviction that the book does contain facts that otherwise are not supposed to be known to public.Having said this, the main reason for which I wanted to read this book was to get to know the dirts of that age especially on Nehru But if anything the book does is to highlight everything good that were in Nehru Even while criticizing Nehru s stand on Kashmir, Pakistan China, Mathai did it very mildly so as to not tarnish Nehru in anyway.Elsewhere in his entire book, Mathai had been very critical of everyone in general and to anyone who was openly anti Nehru or had different opinion that Nehru Almost everyone in that category had or less been depicted like a fool To some extent understandable, because Mathai of course might have liked or agreed to Nehru on outlook as he had himself approached Nehru to serve him as his assistant that too without payment.There is almost no criticism to Nehru in this book Any and all short comings to him had been given through the eyes and quotes of foreign dignitaries, philosophers and authors never by Mathai himself though I believe he would have got plenty of instances for such Mathai had attributed many things to many people but it is quite strange that he doesn t utter a single word to the credibility of Sardar Patel to uniting India during independence.Mathai s claim to Nehru s being non communal had been repeatedly on the same fact that Nehru, on than one occasion, had helped people stranded and victims during the post partition riots Marvelously all of them of a single community Every mention of communal riots in India post partition had been highlighted as if only one community was the victim completely ignoring actual reasons.Many times, Mathai had ridiculed Hindu traditions of monkey and cow worshipping He had ridiculed many astounding figures except Nehru One of the reasons could be because he was not directly involved in Government but none the less was powerful than anybody else in the country Both Mathai as well as Nehru seemed very inclined to European culture and traditions but Mathai seemed to have known of India than Nehru Mathai had been against RSS and Jansangh and about their inclusion to government But never had he criticized communal politics which had been introduced unopposed, largely, by Nehru Gandhi.Coming to Indira, this could have been the only reason for which this book is still banned in India Unlike other words of his on other characters, we have now first hand experience to say that all his predictions of India under Indira came to be finally true But about her, the topics and details are very shattering Mathai s prediction about Congress also has come true finally Of course, he had not lived to see the terrible days Congress faces now and the new leader he talked about, India needs Overall, this book also is not completely unbiased But this is also one of the many sides to the events unfolding and following India.s independence Plus a few deep dark facts on Nehru Gandhi family s which only Mathai could have known.


  9. says:

    One will get to understand the dark side of the Indian politics roots and unmasks the culprits behind misleading the nation Appreciate Mr Mathai s courage.


  10. says:

    So I read this book out of curiosity I am not sure if I am to believe it completely However, there might be some truths in it, which are possibly buried in the exaggerations No human being of power is without flaws In retrospect, Indians vilify Gandhi and Nehru as much as they beatified them during their times Claims such as Nehru fathering a child with a sanyasin have to be taken with a pinch of salt Despite his obvious flaws, the author does have interesting insights about other freedom fighters, especially Rajaji and Patel I definitely agree with him about Rajaji Rajaji was a man of dry wit and a wily old fox If you plan on looking at all viewpoints about Nehru and not just Ramachandra Guha s romanticized versions this book would give an insight into everything that s wrong with the Gandhi family Nehru family rather But yes take it with a pinch of salt Written by a man who fell out of favour with his masters.


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