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BookMARK A book on the President is an eye-opener on Pratibha Patil's life

T his work is an attempt to understand the life and works of the first President of India. Pratibha Patil's life has been eventful and surely inspirational.

Breaking the chains that shackled women to homes, Tai, as Pratibha is fondly called, went on to excel in academics, plunged into social work and propelled into politics. Starting her political career as an MLA at the age of 27 Pratibha Patil went on serve in various positions in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and then later as member of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. After a short sabbatical she came back as Governor of Rajasthan and then finally elected as President of India.

In simple language the authors trace Pratibha Patil's political career and her personal life. The first part of the book is about her rise as political leader and also as a person. It is replete with interesting anecdotes, lesser known snippets like her passion for playing the harmonium and becoming a table tennis champion. Her personal life is also brought out vividly with some heart-warming observations about her husband Dr. Devisingh and her children.

The second part of the book provides a glimpse into her political career covering the debates, arguments, reasoning advocated by her during her stint in the Vidhan Sabha; her decisions and rulings as Rajya Sabha member, questions she raised at the Lok Sabha and the proposals she initiated as Governor.

The foreword by Dr. Manmohan Singh, messages by N. K. P. Salve and Vasant Sathe make interesting reading.

The book is easy to read and has a lavish spread of photographs both from her personal collection and some from her political album. However, a little more attention and imagination should have gone into writing the captions. Some of them like ‘site-seeing in London' are a let down, while the others are simply boring.

K. P.

An Inspirational Journey:

Pratibha Devisingh Patil –

The First Woman President

of India

Rasika Chaube &

Chhaya Mahajan

S. Chand & Co. Rs. 640.00

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