As a young law graduate in Sialkot (now in Pakistan), Kudip Nayar witnessed at first hand the collapse of trust between Hindus and Muslims, and like multitude of population was forced to migrate to Delhi across the blood-stained plains of Punjab. From his perilous journey to a new country and to his first job as a young journalist in an Urdu daily, Nayar’s story is also the story of India. Widely respected for his columns, his autobiography opens on the day Pakistan resolution was passed in Lahore in 1940 and takes us on a journey through India’s story of a nation working on its foreign policy, economic reforms, relations with neighbouring countries, and dealing with coalition politics, among others. From events of historical and political relevance like the Tashkent Declaration and the 1971 war and liberation of Bangladesh, to interviewing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and from meeting Pakistan’s father of nuclear bomb, Dr A. Q. Khan, to his close association with Lal Bhahadur Shastri and Jayaprakash Narayan, Nayar’s narrative is a detailed inside view of India since 1947.
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