The son and daughter of the late Pranab Mukherjee are at odds with each other over his memoir “The Presidential Years”. One says they should not be published without his consent, and the other “tells” her brother not to create “unnecessary hurdles” in the publication of his last book.
The book, which recently appeared on the news on Pranab Mukherjee’s critical comments on Congress, including his observation that the party lost political focus after his appointment as president, is slated to be released in January 2021 by Rupa, who published the two earlier volumes of his memoirs.
The late president’s son, Abhijit Mukherjee, a former congressman, said on Twitter that he wrote to publishers asking them not to publish the book until he nods. His sister Sharmistha Mukherjee, the party’s national spokeswoman, returned, saying no one should try to stop her for “cheap advertising” and that would be a great disadvantage for the late leader.
@kapish_mehra @ Rupa_Books
I, the son of the author of the memoir “The Presidential Memoirs”, ask you to stop the publication of the memoirs as well as motivated excerpts that have already been published on certain media platforms without my written consent .1 / 3
– Abhijit Mukherjee (@ABHIJIT_LS) December 15, 2020
“I, the son of the author of the memoir ‘The Presidential Memoirs’, ask you to stop the publication of the memoirs as well as motivational excerpts that have already been published on certain media platforms without my written consent,” Abhijit Mukherjee said on Twitter. “Since my father is no more, I, as his son, would like to go through the contents of the final copy of the book before it is published, as I believe if my father had been alive today he would have done the same too.”
As a son, he asked the publishers to stop publishing immediately. “I have already sent you a detailed letter regarding this, which will reach you soon. Regards – Abhijit Mukherjee,” read the tweet.
His sister also replied on Twitter. “I, the daughter of the author of the memoir ‘The Presidential Years’, urge my brother Abhijit Mukherjee not to take unnecessary hurdles in publishing the last book our father wrote. He finished the manuscript before he fell ill.”
I, the daughter of the author of the memoir The Presidential Years, please my brother @ABHIJIT_LS not to create unnecessary hurdles in the publication of our father’s last book. He completed the manuscript before he became 1/3 ill
– Sharmistha Mukherjee (@Sharmistha_GK) December 15, 2020
The final draft, she said, includes her father’s handwritten notes and comments, which were strictly followed. She stated that the views he expressed were his own and no one should try to prevent publication for cheap advertising. “That would be the biggest disadvantage for our late father.”
“By the way, the title of the book is The Presidential Years, not The Presidential Memoirs,” “she said. Abhijit Mukherjee corrected the book’s title in another tweet after his sister pointed out the mistake.
The former president and longtime congress leader died on August 31 at the age of 84 from complications from COVID-19. His comments on the Congress come at a time of intense internal turmoil in the party. The chief problem solver of Congress wrote over the decades that the party lost political focus after his appointment as president, and some party members believed that the debacle of the 2014 Lok Sabha poll could have been averted if he had become prime minister in 2004.
“While I disagree with this view, I believe that after my appointment as president, the party’s leadership lost its political focus. While Sonia Gandhi was unable to manage the party’s affairs, Dr. (Manmohan) Singh was Longer no longer in the house end any personal contact with other MPs “, Pranab Mukherjee is quoted in his book, reported PTI.
According to excerpts published by Rupa, the late leader also believes that the moral authority to rule the West with the Prime Minister and the overall state of the nation reflects the functioning of the Prime Minister and his administration.
“While Dr. Singh was busy bailing out the coalition, which was taking a toll on governance, (Narendra) Modi appeared to have adopted a more autocratic style of governance during his first term, as evidenced by the bitter relationship between government, lawmakers and lawmakers Justice, “he said.
“Only time will tell if there is a better understanding of such matters in the second term of this government,” Mukherjee said in the extracts.
Mukherjee was the 13th President of India after spending five decades in politics. “The Presidential Years”, which follows “The Turbulent Years” and “The Coalition Years”, gives a rare glimpse into Pranab Mukherjee’s fascinating journey from a remote village in Bengal to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
with additional input from the PTI news agency