Pranab Mukherjee Son Abhijit Mukherjee Says Want to Review Presidential Memoirs Before Issue

Former President Pranab Mukherjee died in August.

New Delhi:

Pranab Mukherjee’s last book, teased as a simple memoir by its publisher, caused a public feud between his son Abhijit Mukherjee and daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee, both congressmen. First, Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted that he wanted to check the memoirs and asked the publishers to stop the book before his written consent. Then Sharmistha Mukherjee told his brother that he was looking for “cheap advertising” and forbade him to create “unnecessary obstacles” in the publication of their father’s book.

Abhijit Mukherjee’s surprise request came days after the publication of excerpts in which the former president blamed Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for the exit from the power of the Congress.

In tweets today, Abhijit Mukherjee, a former congressman, said “motivated excerpts” were circulating on “some media platforms” without his consent.

“I, the son of the author of the Memorial“ The Presidential Memoirs ”kindly ask you to stop the publication of the memorandum as well as motivated excerpts that are already floating on some media platforms without my written consent,” Mr Mukherjee posted.

“Since my father no longer exists, I, being his son, want to look through the contents of the final copy of the book before it appears as I believe, if my father were alive today, he would do the same,” he wrote.

“Therefore, I, being his son, ask You to immediately cease its publication without my written consent until I have reviewed its contents! I have already sent you a detailed letter in this respect, which will soon reach You!”

Two hours later, his sister Sharmistha hung him up to dry, even calling him out for the title mistake, which he himself modified in a tweet.

“I, daughter of the author of the memoir ‘The Presidential Years’, ask my brother @ABHIJIT_LS not to create unnecessary obstacles in publishing the last book written by our father. He completed the manuscript before he fell ill,” wrote Sharmistha Mukherjee.

“The final draft contains my dad’s handwritten notes and comments strictly complied with. The opinions expressed by him are his and no one should try to prevent it from being published for any cheap advertising. That would be the biggest detriment to our late father,” she said.

Her parting shot: “Btw brother, the title of the book is” The Presidential Years, “not” The Presidential Memoirs. “

In the final volume of “The Presidential Years,” Pranab Mukherjee, who died in August, writes that “some members of Congress” believed that if he became prime minister in 2004 instead of Manmohan Singh, the party would not lose power. The memoir falls when the leadership of the Congress, especially the Gandhis, faces open criticism from some leaders about the party’s apparent appeal.

“Some members of Congress theorized that if I became prime minister in 2004, the party could have avoided the removal of Lok Sabha in 2014. Although I do not subscribe to this view, I still believe the party leadership has lost political focus after while Sonia Gandhi has been unable to deal with the party’s affairs, the continued absence of Dr. (Manmohan) Singh from the House has put an end to all personal contact with other MPs, “Dr. Mukherjee writes, according to excerpts published by publishers. Rupa.

Mr Mukherjee also compares the two prime ministers he has worked with – Manmohan Singh and his successor Narendra Modi.

“I believe the moral authority to govern is in charge with the prime minister. The general state of the nation reflects the functioning of the prime minister and his administration. While Dr Singh was concerned with rescuing the coalition that had influenced rule, Modi appeared to be used a somewhat autocratic way of governing during his first period, as seen by the bitter relationship between the government, the legislature and the judiciary. Only time will tell if there is a better understanding of such matters in the second period of this period. government, ” he writes, according to the excerpts.

Publishing a previous part of the book at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan, Mr Mukherjee explained that his diaries and notes will be in safe custody of his daughter after his death and also noted that “some parts should never be published” ”.