Headline: Pranab Mukherjee’s Posthumous Insights Unveiled by Daughter: Political Dynamics and Regrets
Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of the late Pranab Mukherjee, has compiled her father’s perspectives in the book ‘Pranab, My Father: A Daughter Remembers.’ The book delves into Pranab Mukherjee’s vast political experience, and relationships with key figures, and reveals certain regretful episodes.
Pranab Mukherjee, known for his discreet nature, served alongside multiple prime ministers and generations of the Gandhi family. The book carefully omits contentious details as per his wishes but provides insights into his uneasy relationship with Rajiv Gandhi and reservations about Rahul Gandhi’s political maturity.
Describing Rahul Gandhi as “courteous and full of questions but not yet politically mature,” Pranab Mukherjee criticized Rahul’s public tearing of an ordinance in 2013, terming it the “final nail in the coffin of the UPA.” The incident, where Rahul Gandhi publicly opposed a proposed ordinance on convicted politicians, drew Mukherjee’s ire, questioning Rahul’s understanding of political implications.
The book reveals Mukherjee’s frustration with Rahul’s actions, expressing concerns about the UPA’s defeat in 2014. According to Mukherjee, disrespect towards the prime minister, coupled with Rahul’s lack of political acumen, contributed to the electoral loss.
Furthermore, the book touches upon Mukherjee’s positive relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their frequent interactions. Despite these dynamics, Mukherjee carried the remorse of never attaining the position of prime minister until his passing.
The posthumous revelations offer a nuanced perspective on Pranab Mukherjee’s thoughts, providing readers with a glimpse into the intricate political landscape he navigated during his illustrious career.