Archive for October, 2013

PRADHAN MANTRI: AN EXCELLENT TV SERIAL

October 20, 2013
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M.J. Akbar wrote the Foreword to my compilation of blogposts published two years back under the title “As I See it”.   Summing up his comments on the compilation, Akbar writes:   “As a politician who reads more often than he speaks, and someone who spent long years in ideological journalism, Lal Krishna Advani’s mind remains steeped in politics but his heart belongs to the written word…..Advani-on-the-net was less of a blog and more of a column on the variety of life, in which politics played less of a role than you might expect from a politician. It was part reminiscence, part travelogue, part book review, with a frequent dip into his hobby, cinema.”   In one of my blogs written in January 2011, I wrote about a Hindi film produced by the famous film maker Ashutosh Gowariker, dealing with the Chittagong uprising against British rule. The film was named … Continue reading PRADHAN MANTRI: AN EXCELLENT TV SERIAL

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प्रधानमंत्री : एक शानदार टीवी धारावाहिक

October 20, 2013
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दो वर्ष प्रकाशित हुई मेरे ब्लॉग के संग्रहों वाली पुस्तक ”एज़ आई सी इट” (As I see it) की प्रस्तावना एम.जे. अकबर ने लिखी थी।   इस संग्रह पर अपने अभिमत को निष्कर्ष रुप में रखते हुए अकबर ने लिखा:   ”एक राजनीतिज्ञ के रुप में वह बोलने से ज्यादा अक्सर पढ़ते हैं, और एक ऐसा व्यक्ति जिसने काफी ज्यादा वर्ष वैचारिक पत्रकारिता में बिताए हैं, ऐसे लालकृष्ण आडवाणी का मस्तिष्क राजनीति में ओत-प्रोत है लेकिन उनका दिल लिखे शब्दों से जुड़ा है। ….. नेट पर आडवाणी ब्लॉग से कुछ कम और जीवन की विविधता में एक स्तम्भ से ज्यादा हैं, जिसमें एक राजनीतिज्ञ से अपेक्षा से ज्यादा राजनीति की कम भूमिका है। यह कुछ संस्मरण, कुछ यात्रा वृतांत, कुछ पुस्तक समीक्षा हैं जो उनके शौक सिनेमा में लगातार डूबी रहती हैं।”   जनवरी, 2011 के अपने एक ब्लॉग में, मैंने ब्रिटिश शासन के विरुध्द चटगांव विद्रोह से जुड़ी प्रसिध्द … Continue reading प्रधानमंत्री : एक शानदार टीवी धारावाहिक

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DR. MUNSHI’S HISTORIC LETTER TO PANDIT NEHRU: V.P. MENON CALLS IT ‘A MASTERPIECE’

October 11, 2013
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In one of my earlier blogs I had dealt at length with how Sardar Patel, his close colleague V.P. Menon and Lord Mountbatten had acted in perfect concert to integrate India after the Britishers left. In that I had relied not only on the two remarkable books written by V.P. Menon, whom Sardar Patel had named Secretary of the States Department, but yet another more recent book authored by a lady named Alex Von Tunzelmann titled Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire. This lady is primarily a researcher educated in Oxford who now lives in London. Menon’s two books which I have been recommending to all book lovers are Integration of the Indian States and The Transfer of Power.   But the Tailpiece in that blog was taken from a news report in the Pioneer of 30th October, 2012, that is, on the eve of … Continue reading DR. MUNSHI’S HISTORIC LETTER TO PANDIT NEHRU: V.P. MENON CALLS IT ‘A MASTERPIECE’

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