Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee and daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee have a debate about her memoir, that too on Twitter. On Tuesday, there was a public debate between the two leaders regarding the publication of the book. In fact, Abhijeet Mukherjee had demanded a ban on the publication of ‘The Presidential Years’, which is coming in January 2021, the last episode of his father’s and former President’s autobiography, and first read the book. He had said that if his father had been, he would have demanded to read it first.
Abhijeet Mukherjee had written to the publication house of the book on Twitter, writing that ‘I, the son of the author of’ The Presidential Memoirs’, urge you to stop publication of the memoir, and also the parts that were chosen first. Running on media platforms without my written permission. Since my father is no longer there, I want to read the contents of his final copy before publishing the book as his son, because I believe that if my father were alive, he would have done the same. ‘
He wrote in his tweet that ‘contrary to the views of some people, I am not against the publication of the book. I just want to read it before it is printed and I believe that I have this right as his son and my request is right. He said that ‘if my father were alive, he would have done it as he had done with the rest of the autobiography. Till then and I am repeating that till then there is a request from the publisher not to publish excerpts of the book for cheap popularity.
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Sharmishtha Mukherjee on Tuesday accused her brother of gaining ‘cheap popularity’ and said that he should not put ‘unnecessary hurdles’ in publishing the book. He also said that it would be contrary to his principles to cut his father’s book.
The final draft contains my dads’ hand written notes & comments that have been strictly adhered to. The views expressed by him are his own & no one should try to stop it from being published for any cheap publicity. That would be the greatest disservice to our departed father 2/2
– Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) December 15, 2020
In fact, Rupa Prakashan had published excerpts from this book last week, in which the former president had commented on the potential of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh and held them responsible for the Congress defeat in 2014. At the same time, it was also written that some people in the Congress believed that if he were the Prime Minister in place of Manmohan Singh, the Congress would be in a much better position today.