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Why I Supported The Emergency - Book By Khushwant Singh

Introduction To 'Why I Supported The Emergency' By Khushwant Singh

'The Emergency has become a synonym for obscenity . Even men and women who were pillars of Emergency rule and misused their positions to harass innocent people against whom they had personal grudges try to distance themselves from their past in the hope that it will fade out of public memory forever. We must not allow them to get away with it,' says Khushwant Singh, while fearlessly stating his own reasons for championing the Emergency. This bold and thought-provoking collection includes essays on Indira Gandhi's government, the Nanavati Commission's report on the 1984 riots and the riots themselves, as well as captivating pieces on the art kissing and the importance of bathing. Alongside these are the portraits of historical figures such as Bahadur Shah Zafar, General Dyer, Ghalib and Maharaja Ranjit Singh as well as candid profiles of the famous personalities of has known over the years, revealing intimate details about their lives and characters. From his reflections on Amrita Sher-Gil's alleged promiscuity to the experience of watching a pornographic film with a stoic  R. K. Narayan , this is Khushwant Singh at his controversial and iconoclastic best.

 

About The Author Of 'Why I Supported The Emergency' By Khushwant Singh

Khushwant Singh is India's best-known writer and columnist. He has been founder-editor of Yojana , and editor of the Ilustrated Weekly of India, the National Herald and the Hindustan Times. He is the author of the novels Train to Pakistan, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale, Delhi, The Company of Women and Burial at Sea. His non-fiction includes the classic two-volume A History of the Sikhs ; a number of translation and works on Sikh religion and culture, Delhi , nature , current affairs and Urdu poetry. His autobiography, Truth, Love and a Little Malice, was published by Penguin Books in 2002.

Khushwant Singh was a member of Parliament from 1980 to 1986. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1974,  but returned the decoration in 1984 in protest against the storming of the Golden Temple by the Indian army . In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.

Sheela Reddy  has been a journalist for over thirty years and has known Khushwant Singh for almost as long. For the last eight years she has been the books editor of the leading news magazine, Outlook, where she has written extensively on books, writers and the publishing business. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines and in several anthologies, including Penguin India's First Proof and Chasing the Good Life.

 

Table of Contents For 'Why I Supported The Emergency' By Khushwant Singh

CONTENTS

 
EDITOR'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS IX
INTRODUCTION XI
WHY I SUPPORTED THE EMERGENCY 1
ON IWE FICTION 7
ON BEING BUGGERED 9
ON THE LAST MOGUL 12
F*** ALL EDITORS 16
ON THE MAHARAJAS 19
UTTERLY BUTTERLY VERGHESE KURIEN 24
R.K. NARAYAN 27
MY LAST DAYS IN LAHORE 30
ON STING OPERATION 33
A HOSANNA TO THE MONSOONS 36
PHOOLAN DEVI: AN OBITUARY 50
A SARDARJI IN PHOREN 54
QURRATULAIN HYDER-AUNTY SUBJANTIWALLI 58
NEHRU THE MAN 61
SIR VIDIA 66
AMRITA SHER-GILL 72
ME AND MY FILTHY LUCRE 75
MRS G: THE WONDER THAT WAS INDIRA 77
J.R.D.TATA 82
ON OLD AGE 85
MULK RAJ ANAND 99
KAMLA PATEL 103
MOTHER TERESA: THE GREATEST INDIAN 106
NAZRUL ISLAM 114
ON KALAM ON THE EVE OF BECOMING PRESIDENT 117
THE SIKHS: POETS OF ENTERPRISE 120
MAHATMA GANDHI 131
ON THE '84RIOTS 136
AMRITA PRITAM: AN UNSTAMPED TICKET 142
KASAULI: MY MINI BAIKUNTH 146
NIRALA: POET, LOVER AND MADMAN 157
ON KISSING 160
ON THE NANAVATI REPORT 162
ON NAMES 168
GHALIB 171
BATHING IS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL 177
L.K.ADVANI 180
MRINALINI SARABHAI 185
RANJIT SINGH 188
SHEILA DHAR: LOVE FOOD, WILL SING 191
G.D. BIRLA 193
GENERAL DYER 196
FIRAQ GORAKHPURI 200
ON GREAT TALKERS 202
POETRY WITH DAHI BHALLAS 208
ON RELIGION 210
PROTIMA BEDI 242
M.A.JINNAH 245
A REQUIEM FOR DOMSKY 248
THE MASTER BUILDER 250
ALL SARDAR JAFRI 253
YE OL' LADY OF BORI BUNDER 256
OF GODMEN AND THEIR LEGACIES 259
KABIR 264
HIMACHAL'S WILLIAM TELL 267
JACK WILBERFORCE BURKE PEEL 269
MIR TAQI MIR 272
AVEEK SARKAR 275
ON DEATH AND DYING 279
A LOVE STORY: DHARMA KUMAR 287
ON THE EMERGENCY: THE DIARY OF A BUREAUCRAT 291

 

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