Pranab Mukherjee’s son and daughter spat on his memoir

Provided by: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Updated: December 16, 2020 1:19:49

The former president and longtime leader of Congress died on August 31 at the age of 84, following complications from COVID-19 (photo expressed by Renuka Puri)

A controversy broke out on Tuesday over the memory of the late Pranab Mukherjee, soon to be released, with the son of former president and former Lok Sabha MP Abhijit Mukherjee asking publishers to ask for his permission before publishing the book and his sister and leader. of Congress Sharmistha Mukherjee telling him not to create “unnecessary obstacles” in the publication.

The editor of The Presidential Years published excerpts last week, according to which Mukherjee wrote that the Congressional leadership lost political focus after becoming president in 2012.

“I, the son of the author of the Memoir” The Presidential Memoirs “, kindly ask you to stop publishing the memoir and reasoned excerpts that already float on some media platforms without my written consent. Since my father he is gone, being his son I want to review the contents of the final copy of the book before its publication as I believe, if my father had been alive today, he too would have done the same, “tweeted Abhijit.

Sharmistha responded on Twitter. “I, the daughter of the author of the memoir ‘The Presidential Years’, ask my brother @ABHIJIT_LS not to create unnecessary obstacles in the publication of the latest book written by our father. He completed the manuscript before he fell ill. The final draft contains handwritten notes and comments from my father which have been strictly adhered to. The views expressed by him are his and no one should try to prevent them from being published for any cheap advertising. It would be the greatest disservice to our deceased father, “he said.

He also reminded his brother that the title of the book is The Presidential Years and not “The Presidential Memoirs”. Abhijit corrected the error soon.

The Presidential Years, the fourth volume of the former president’s memoirs, published by Rupa, will go on sale next month. Mukherjee died on August 31 at the age of 84.

Congress refused to get involved in the controversy. “We have no comment to offer,” said Congressional communications department chief Randeep Surjewala when asked for his reaction.

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