I Was Nehru'S Shadow.

P V Rajgopal



K.F. Rustamji, who was chief of the Madhya Pradesh police and later founder Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF), worked as the chief security officer of Prime Minister Nehru from 1952 to 1958. Rustamji maintained a diary right from the time he joined the service in 1938 and continued in it for more than three decades. He felt he was living in stirring times and the maintenance of a diary, wherein he recorded the news and his views in great detail, would help him to be more observant. P.V. Rajgopal has edited the material collected from 1,600 pages of Rustamji"s diaries pertaining to the period he was with Pandit Nehru and brought out a first-person narrative about one of India"s greatest sons of the last century. The day-to-day record, maintained by a man whose duty demanded he be close to Nehru, depicts the portrait of the subject captured though a close-up lens, as it were. Nehru himself said, in 1960, "I know Rustamji very well." And after a pause and an enigmatic smile added, "Rustamji also knows me very well." The book depicts, in a way, why Nehru paused and then smiled.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Personal Account: The book offers a firsthand account of P.V. Rajgopal's interactions and experiences with Jawaharlal Nehru, providing readers with a unique perspective on the life and personality of the Indian leader.

  2. Close Association: Rajgopal's close association with Nehru offers insights into the Prime Minister's personal and political life, shedding light on his leadership style, decision-making process, and relationships with colleagues and allies.

  3. Historical Context: Through Rajgopal's narrative, readers gain a deeper understanding of the historical context in which Nehru governed India, including the challenges of nation-building, post-independence reconstruction, and foreign policy.

  4. Vision for India: The book explores Nehru's vision for India's future, including his commitment to democracy, secularism, social justice, and economic development, as well as his efforts to promote scientific and technological advancement.

  5. International Relations: Rajgopal's account touches upon Nehru's role in shaping India's foreign policy and his interactions with other world leaders, highlighting his efforts to promote peace, non-alignment, and global cooperation.

  6. Challenges and Criticisms: The book does not shy away from discussing the challenges and criticisms faced by Nehru during his tenure as Prime Minister, including issues related to governance, economic policy, and national security.

  7. Legacy: Through Rajgopal's perspective, readers gain insight into Nehru's enduring legacy as a statesman, intellectual, and architect of modern India, as well as the impact of his policies and leadership on the country's trajectory.

  8. Personal Anecdotes: The book is enriched with personal anecdotes and observations, offering glimpses into Nehru's personality, habits, and interactions with family members, friends, and colleagues.

  9. Historical Documentation: Rajgopal's memoir serves as a valuable historical document, providing firsthand accounts and insights that contribute to the broader understanding of Nehru's life and legacy.

  10. Reflections on Leadership: "I Was Nehru's Shadow" prompts readers to reflect on the qualities of leadership, governance, and statesmanship exemplified by Jawaharlal Nehru, as well as the challenges and responsibilities inherent in public service.

Language English
ISBN-10 8183281834
ISBN-13 9788183281836
No of pages 237
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Wisdom Tree
Published Date 01 Jan 2006

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