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‘Unseen Indira’ by former PM’s physician released

nation Updated: May 24, 2016 07:39 IST

NEW DELHI: A biography of former PM Indira Gandhi, penned by her personal physician for 16 years Dr KP Mathur, was released on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, senior Congress leaders Sheila Dikshit and Karan Singh praised the late PM, describing her as a “firm but gracious and kind-hearted person with a great sense of humour”.

Releasing the book – ‘The Unseen Indira Gandhi’ Dikshit said nobody equaled the former PM’s personality in the 20th century. “She always kept India’s head high,” she said.

Karan Singh said the late PM was firm on the outside but contrary to public perception not dictatorial in cabinet meetings. “She was a cultured, cultivated and meticulous person and extremely political,” he said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi was also present at the function that took place days after her party’s disappointing performance in the assembly elections in four states. Rajya Sabha MP Narendra Jadhav congratulated Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for writing a “brief but beautiful” foreword to the book.

The Congress is also planning to revive and digitalise photographs and other audio and video collections of the late PM, including interviews given a month before her assassination.