A bureaucrat for over three decades—and then a vital player in Indian politics for over twenty years—K. Natwar Singh’s glittering career has been punctuated by the some of the most epochal events of independent India.
Initially attached to the Ministry of External Affairs as a diplomat, K. Natwar Singh resigned from the bureaucracy to join politics in 1984. He served in various ministries in Rajiv Gandhi’s Cabinet. Closely linked with the ebbs and flows in the fortunes of the Congress, he served as External Affairs Minister in the UPA government from 2004 to 2005. His eventful career came to a controversial end when his name appeared in the Volcker Report in 2005, forcing him to resign from his Cabinet post and, eventually, from the Congress party as well.
In this explosive memoir, Natwar Singh talks about his stint in the MEA when he witnessed the Indo-China talks that culminated in the war of 1962 first-hand and of how in 1971, Singh played no mean part in the creation of Bangladesh by transferring documents of great strategic importance to the security establishments of New Delhi. He also gives previously unknown details of the Volcker controversy as well as inside information on major occurrences during the UPA regime