One more world leader has fallen prey to the assassin’s bullet. The amazing career of a world figure, a statesman of great promise, was cut short when Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India, was martyred on the fateful night of May 21, 1991 at a public meeting he was going to address in Sriperumbudur (Tamil Nadu). Who were the assassins of Rajiv? Time alone will tell? Or probably may not. The treacherous assassin, with bouquet in hand and with a deadly explosive device tied round her waste, snuffed the life out of him. The story of Rajiv’s martyrdom has been vividly described in this inimitable book with a high degree of sensitivity. The tearful account of the last journey of his mortal remains, so vividly captured in this book, makes it a moving story. The torrents of observations and comments, lauding the qualities of head and heart of the departed leader, add to the appeal of the book. To cap it all, the collection of tributes and eulogies offered by national and international leaders and the Press to this great son of India makes it a unique book worthy of acquisition.
Shashi Ahluwalia is a post-graduate in Political Science. From her youth she has been facinated by saints, savants,scholars and great sons of India, who have shaped the destiny of the nation. It is her devotion to these veterans which has prompted her to bring out these books as a humble tribute to them. She has authored over two dozen books. Her books include Rajiv Gandhi: Breaking New Grounds; Bharat-Ratnas: Netaji and Gandhi; Sardar Patel: Rebel and Ruler; Shivaji and Indian Nationalism; Founders of New India, Martyrdom of Indiara Gandhi and Raja Rammohun Roy and the Indian Renaissance (co-authored with Meenakshi Ahluwalia). Her books have been very well recieved both by the press and public alike. Currently she is working on the Buddha and Buddhism. Meenakshi Ahluwalia is a student of Sociology in Delhi University. Though young in years still she has displayed maturity far beyond her age. May be she has imbibed the literary skill from her parents B.K. and Shashi Ahluwalia - who have established themselves as leading commentators on the national struggle and bio-graphers of patriots.
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