Pranab Mukherjee

A statesman’s life

The author’s inclusion of her father’s own assess- ments, notably his observation that Sonia Gandhi was “only trying to protect her own and her family’s interests,” adds a layer of candid introspection to the narrative.

Confirmation bias

In characterising Dr Manmohan Singh’s stewardship of UPA-II as being “preoccupied with saving his coalition” and describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s manner of functioning as “autocratic” in his first term, Mukherjee, critics would say, has only confirmed what many have long suspected.

The nation’s loss

As a senior member of the Congress party, he was trusted by his colleagues to present cogent analyses of political issues and chart a course that others could follow, including the drafting of party manifestos