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From The Backcover Of The Book 'The Magnificent Maharaja' By K. Natwar Singh
PRAISE FOR THE MAGNIFICENT MAHARAJA
... (the work) is meticulously researched and full of unsparing biographical details. The book manages to bring out the multi-dimensional personality of the man in a style that is both lucid and engaging.
A magnificent book about a magnificent personality.
Indian Review of Books
(A) factual, thorough stylised biography of the man and the maharaja.
(A) largely impartial study (of Bhupindar Singh).
A glowing tribute to MBS. (Singh) has done exhaustive research on the topic.
The Indian Express
One of the most authentic, informative and objective biographies of our time.
About the Author Of ‘The Magnificent Maharaja’
K. Natwar Singh was born in 1931. He was educated at Mayo College, Ajmer, Scindia School, Gwalior, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1953, he joined the Indian Foreign Service. For the next thirty-one years he served in Peking, New York, Warsaw, London, Lusaka and Islamabad. He was Ambassador to Pakistan — 1980-1982, Secretary General of the Seventh NAM Summit — 1983. The same year he was Chief Coordinator for the Commonwealth Summit. In 1984 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. After resigning from the I.F.S., he joined the Congress party and was elected to the Lok Sabha in December 1984. He was the Union Minister for Steel, Fertilizers and External Affairs from 1984 to 1989. He was attached to Indira Gandhi's Secretariat from 1966 to 1971.
In 1987, he was elected President of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament and Development, and was leader of the Indian Delegation to the 42nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly.
In 1998 he was again elected to the Lok Sabha. In 2002 he became a member of the Rajya Sabha. Since May 2004 he is Minister of External Affairs.
Table Of Contents Of The Book 'The Magnificent Maharaja’ By K. Natwar Singh
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|Prologue: The Man and the Maharaja||1|
|The Founding Father||15|
|The Orphan Prince||43|
|The Maharaja, The Nehrus and|
|The Delhi Durbar — 1911||60|
|The Mahatma, The Maharaja and The Great War||77|
|Montagu and The Maharaja||95|
|At Home and Abroad 1919-1924||111|
|The Maharaja anu Sikh Politics||132|
|At the League of Nations 1925||146|
|The Chamber of Princes||158|
|Helping the Nizam||174|
|New Viceroy, New Chancellor: Irwin and MBS||186|
|The Indictment: A Close Shave||209|
|The Round Table Conference — 1930||236|
|Cricket, Ranji and Patiala||259|
|Alcohol and Protocol||271|
|Churchill and the Indian Princes||289|
|Bitter Quarrel with Lord Willingdon||310|
|The Silver Jubilee of King George V — 1935||322|
|Ebb Tide and Death||341|
|LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS|
|Page 2/3||-||With Lord Irwin at Patiala, 1927|
|-||In Rome, 1928|
|Page 4||-||With King George V at Buckingham Palace, 1920s|
|Page 5||-||With Chamber of Princes Standing Committee, 1930|
|-||In Hungary with Admiral Horthy|
|Page 6||-||With Lord and Lady Willingdon|
|-||With his staff before audience with Pope at the Vatican, 1935.|
|Page 7||-||In Rome 1935|
|Page 8||-||Maharaja saluting the Cenotaph in London|
|-||On the roof of the Savoy Hotel, London|
|Page 9||-||At 10 Downing Street with Lloyd George|
|Page 10||-||The 1st Indian Cricket team captained by Maharaja Bhupindar Singh|
|-||Jardine's team, 1934 with Lala Amarnath and Maharaja Bhupindar Singh|
|Author||K- Natwar Singh|