Doctor Raj Kumar is a person who evokes curiosity about the depth of human emotions. Emerson once said, "Man is a piece of the Universe made alive."
Persons like Dr. Raj Kumar undoubtedly make the Universe more lively than others. One rarely comes across a person who has such an encompassing personality. Though a Psychiatrist by profession, Dr. Raj Kumar’s own psychiatric spectrum has amazing dimensions and shades. A passionate writer, a keen observer and a vibrant thinker, Dr. Raj Kumar is endowed with tremendous power of expressing human emotions and in and intricate nuances of life. He exudes the flavour of versatility and sparks of a sensitive visionary.
In this book, "The Unknown Indira", Dr. Raj Kumar has depicted a hitherto undiscovered facet of the life and personality of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. To delve into as enigmatic character as that of Indira Gandhi is an arduous task, but Dr. Raj Kumar has surely presented a new insight in the being of Mrs Indira Gandhi who has not only shaped the destiny of this country but has also greatly influenced the international events of her times. The palpable mind of Dr. Raj Kumar has gone far beyond the normal vision in dismantling the shell of this colossal character. Dr. Raj Kumar has emphasized that it is not a work of history but historiography does not only include chronology, it also deals with the study of characters that have influenced the course of history. Leaders like Mrs. Indira Gandhi have shaped the images of history of their times. A study of the mind and character of such leaders I surely a peep into the core of history.
The Preface and the five chapters on
Indira Gandhi by Dr. Rajkumar are out
standing in their insights, historical
reliability, and reasonable judgements. I am
sure that every future essay on her life, work
and politics, every full-scale study or even a
passing reference, will have to deal with its
I consider this an extraordinary book,
and hope it will be widely read in India and in
most other countries. I now believe that even
negative responses to Indira’s personality and
her contribution to Indian politics will not deny
that she belongs among "the patriotic martyrs"
of our motherland, and was "a brave daughter
That Indira was an extraordinary
character is the essential conviction of the
author. When he reminds us that she "chose
to live alone, to fight her battles alone, to savour
her triumphs alone", we will never be able to
criticize her without allowing for it, and a host
of her highly individualistic qualities. That she
"insisted on doing things her way—in toto,"
the author rightly points out that it "sometimes
resulted in wrong decisions, which she was
very reluctant to rescind, even after she had
realised her mistake".
Throughout this book, the author never
avoids facing Indira’s negative qualities. In
the second chapter, on "Indira, the leader,"
the author reminds himself and his readers,
that "she had the benefit of total master of all
her strategies, plans and schemes". He also
adds: "her kind of politics consisted of sudden
developments and snap decisions," which one
can admire only in business, not in politics.
Before the end of the second chapter,
we are also reminded that in March’77 she
"cancelled the Emergency as abruptly as she
had imposed it." The author ends the second
chapter on a delightfully enigmatic note: "If
ever the need arose for a single ruler or
statesman for the entire world, Indira would
undoubtedly have filled it, master leader that
The fifth and last chapter of this book
ends with the author’s persistent belief in
Indira’s positive qualities. "Our pain can not
be washed away. Her loss is an undeniable
My admiration for this book is based
on the conviction that every one interested in
Indira’s personal and public life is likely to be
influenced by its research and arguments.
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