Book Review: Amritsar – Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle


I have recently gotten hooked to Indian history again, after a few years. To be honest, except Guha’s “India after Gandhi”, I wasn’t aware of any good book on India’s history post Independence. And I have recently come across around five…

I read Amritsar right after Kuldip Nayar’s fantastic ‘Emergency Retold‘ and loved it. Mark Tully and Satish Jacob take the reader behind the facade of the players and play-makers in the great Punjab game of the 80’s. Tully/ Jacob lay bare the machinations behind the Bhindrawale movement – making crucial revelations such as the Congress and Akali hand in creating the monster. ‘Amritsar‘ is a thriller from start to finish; Tully/ Jacob keep the narrative taut from the start – discord in Punjab to finish – Indira Gandhi’s death.

Delectable read.

On my reading list next, Manoj Mitta’s ‘When a tree shook Delhi’.

Title: Amritsar: Mrs. Gandhi’s Last Battle
Authors: Mark Tully, Satish Jacob
Publisher/ Imprint: South Asia Books
Pages: 237
Genre: Non-Fiction/History
Rating: 5.00 of 5
Reviewed for: Personal Copy

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