About The Book
In this tell-all account, P.V.Narasimha Rao-the leaderwho is even today blamed forinaction in 1992-reveals whatreally transpired at Ayodhya.Discussing Article 356 of theConstitution at length, Raoexplains why it was inadvisableto place UP under President srule. Drawing on the SupremeCourt order, parliamentaryproceedings, eyewitness reportsand his own insights, he presentsa comprehensive view of theNOW IN PAPERBACKmachinations that led to theattack on the Babri Masjid.Ayodhya: 6 December 1992was written in the mid-1990s,after Rao had stepped down asprime minister, and publishedposthumously according tohis wishes. Twenty-five yearsafter the event, this bookremains a valuable resourceto understanding the cynicalpolitical manoeuvres behindthe Ram Mandir issue and thedangers of exploiting religioussentiments for narrow electoralgain.A couple of years after his father sdeath, ten-year-old Ruskintravels to Dehradun to spend hisholidays with his new family. Ashe reacquaints himself with hismother, now remarried and witha busy social life, his stepfatherand new siblings, a pensiveRuskin longs for his father scompany, his stamp collectionand the old gramophone. Tryingto escape this unfamiliar place,he immerses himself in booksand explores the forest glades,canals and bazaars of the littletown, forming some unlikelyfriendships on the way. Afterthe much-loved Looking for theRainbow, the master storytellerlends another backward glanceat his boyhood years-a vacationthat took place over seventywinters ago-rememberinghis days with rare humour,remarkable charm and twingesof heartache.