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Book Review – SCOOP by Kuldip Nayar

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Lekha Ishwar

Book: Scoop!

Author: Kuldip Nayar

Publishers: Harper Collins & India Today group

Cost: 250 Rs

Kuldip Nayar is one of the most prominent journalists that India has had. He is author several books, most of which are drawn from his experiences as journalist. This is the first and only book that I have read of his and it gives you an impression of someone who has lead an interesting life, having lived through the partition and doing stories around the people who more or less shaped the post independence India and sub-continent.

There is a curious angle to this book. Nayar is in the process of finishing his autobiography which, presumably, will cover the same ground, albeit in greater detail. As one of India’s best known journalists, Nayar has earned an enviable reputation.

We know that China war happened. We know that Bangladesh was formed.We know the facts of partition The less known inside  stories are mentioned in the book  Scoop! It is a collection of several inside stories about the events that happened in India in particular and the subcontinent in general – from the times of partition.

It tells us untold stories from Indian politics  A series of interesting stories (“scoops”) uncovered by Kuldip Nayar during his long journalistic career.. scoop! Is a book  that unearths the history of Indian partition to the  Formation of Bangladesh & the China War.. A true treat  for  History  Lovers

There is a story of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death in Tashkent with all last minute graphic details, there is a story of how he found out about Bhutto’s hanging when no one including Bhutto wanted to believe it. There is story about him finding out the presence of nuclear bomb in Pakistan from its top scientist when no one knew about it. There is a story about his one article which shifted the scales in favor of Shastri instead of Morarji Desai after Nehru’s death. There is a story about Vajpayee’s bus journey to Lahore, where again he was a part of the troupe.

Each story gives you is an insight into the situation, the people involved and Kuldip’s  strategic ways to extract information from various people and then weave it into the story.

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