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'Critics missed out on best part of Jaswant's book'

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 18:54 IST
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The best part of the book penned by Former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh has been lost in the controversy surrounding the reference he has made to the mole in the Prime Minister's Office, panelists at an interative session opined.

Participating in the session held in Bangalore on Saturday as part of the launch of the book, A Call to Honour—In service of Emergent India, they said the media and critics had missed out on the best part of the book which brought out the personality of the author.

Stating that the book did not really come in the category of an autobiography, they said the first half was engrossing, but the second, which dealt mainly with politics, took the sheen out of an otherwise well written book.

Singh, who enthralled a select audience by reading a few passages from the book, described the six years he had spent as minister under the NDA rule as a 'time of transition'.

"I share the experience of only a part of my journey. I am satisfied that India's image was transformed, both externally and economically during the regime of AB Vajpayee."

He said "We believed that we demonstrated animal spirit in what ever we did. Fire in the belly is what it takes for a nation to get strong. Our foreign policy was not just a crisis management technique. To overcome the nuclear apartheid, the country went ahead with the Pokhran-II and this was to expose those who had the weapon. This was a conceptual and profound challenge and we achieved it," he added.

Former Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra Governor PC Alexander said the first chapter, which talked about Singh's childhood, was the most fascinating portrayal of his home and early life. Unfortunately the so called autobiography abruptly ended in the first chapter itself.

"I felt let down when I found that Singh had not written more on himself, on what happened to Jaswant after his ten years in the army and his life as a boy in the desert village of the Rajasthan. But still we can savour the native wisdom of the son of the desert," he added.

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