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Flying in High Winds: A Memoir

Throughout his career, S.K. Misra has flown in high winds, sometimes with them and sometimes against. As principal secretary to three chief ministers of Haryana, including the formidable Bansi Lal and Chaudhary Devi Lal; principal secretary to Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar; and secretary in the Ministries of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Agriculture, he worked closely with strong political leaders. He also developed close friendships with some of the most iconic cultural figures of the time. Among many other achievements, he directed the Festivals of India, set up the National Institute of Fashion Technology, served as chairman of INTACH and played a crucial role in creating the International National Trusts Organization (INTO). He continues to innovate with ITRHD, a new trust for rural heritage and development. In all of this, he has always maintained one thing—his integrity.

Flying in High Winds chronicles a life well lived, revealing unknown facets of the prominent personalities with whom he interacted, such as Jawaharlal Nehru, M.F. Husain, Prince Charles, Sanjay Gandhi and Ebrahim Alkazi, and behind-the-scenes history of major events in which he played a key role. Candid, enlightening and with doses of tongue-in-cheek humour, this book showcases Indian bureaucracy in a new light.

S.K. Misra was born in 1932. He received his MA degree from Allahabad University and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1956. He served as principal secretary to three chief ministers in Haryana and later as director general of the Festivals of India, and secretary in the Ministries of Agriculture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. He retired from government as principal secretary to the prime minister, after which he served with the UPSC, and as chairman of INTACH. He has created and nurtured numerous institutions, including the Punjab Agricultural University, the Motilal Nehru School of Sports, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) and, currently, the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD). In 2009 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for Distinguished Civil Service.

  • Product Code : BK8694
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India
  • Edition : 17 May 2016
  • Pages : 288
  • Weight : 500 gm.
  • Size : 6 x 9 inches
  • Binding : Hardcover
  • Author : S.K. Misra
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 812913960X
    ISBN-13: 978-8129139603


Description Throughout his career, S.K. Misra has flown in high winds, sometimes with them and...
Durand’s Curse: A Line Across the Pathan Heart

Blood and fire have often blighted Afghanistan, the three Anglo-Afghan wars being among the bloodiest and the cruelest in its history. But Britain’s partitioning of Afghanistan will rank as the greatest crime of the nineteenth century. That arbitrary line which Mortimer Durand drew in 1893 on a small piece of paper continues to bleed Afghanistan and hound the world. Alas, this story remained untold until now.

Written in an inimitable style, Durand’s Curse is the result of deep research. Fascinating details from long-buried archives of history reveal for the first time a tale of intrigue and deceit against Afghanistan. First the British and then Pakistan had taken away territory that originally belonged to Afghanistan. But the divided Pathan families refuse to accept this division even now and for the last century and over, there has been a struggle to rub out the cursed line drawn across the sand.

Rajiv Dogra brings alive the wars, the tragedies and the Afghan anger against injustice in this heart-wrenching account of Afghanistan’s misfortunes. This is an absolutely riveting story of the Indian sub-continent’s history told by an important writer of our generation.

Rajiv Dogra is a writer, television commentator and artist. A career foreign service officer of the 1974 batch, he was India’s Ambassador to Italy and Romania, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome and the last Consul General in Karachi.

An active public speaker, Dogra is one of India’s foremost commentators on foreign policy and strategic affairs and is noted for his considered and assertive views. He is the bestselling author of Where Borders Bleed, regarded as one of the most authoritative books on India–Pakistan relations.

  • Product Code : BK8687
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India
  • Edition : August 21, 2017
  • Pages : 264
  • Weight : 380 gm.
  • Size : 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Rajiv Dogra
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8129148641
    ISBN-13: 978-8129148643
Description Blood and fire have often blighted Afghanistan, the three Anglo-Afghan wars being among the...
'Deendayal Upadhyaya: Life of an Ideologue Politician'

The ideals and values that Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya propagated and practised, which led to the growth of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, and later to the birth of the BJP, have been well-laid out in this book.

Being thoroughly in sync with the ways of the RSS, he dedicated his life to serve the nation through the Sangh. This book not only traces his journey as one of the primary leaders who instilled the sense of nationality in the country, but also as one who condemned exploitation by the State.

While much has been discussed and written on Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, it is not easily accessible to all. This book is an attempt to make his contributions accessible to the general readers for their understanding of his personality and principles.

Dr Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi has a PhD in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, is currently the National Convenor of BJP Journals and Publication Department, and is also Executive Editor of Kamal Sandesh. Mr Bakshi edits Party publications, presents papers in India and abroad, writes regularly in many national dailies and frequently appears as a panelist in discussions on various national TV news channels.
He lives in New Delhi, India.

  • Product Code : BK8684
  • Publisher : Rupa Publications India
  • Edition : January 1, 2018
  • Pages : 190
  • Weight : 200 gm.
  • Size : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Binding : Paperback
  • Author : Dr Shiv Shakti Nath Bakshi
  • Language : English
  • ISBN-10: 8129150484
    ISBN-13: 978-8129150486
Description The ideals and values that Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya propagated and practised, which led to...
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