March 28, 2023


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Book Review: Portraits of Power- Half a Century of Being at Ringside by N.K.Singh

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Bhaskar Parichha reviews N.K.Singh’s autobiography – Portraits of Power – calling it an important landmark in a similar genre.

  • Published by Rupa Publications India
  • Published in 2020
  • Price: INR 595

Autobiographies by bureaucrats every so often raise curiosity for the reason that they hide more than they reveal, even as the sequestered information and behind the scene camaraderie in day-to-day governmental functioning is a lot sensational. In recent years, India’s top civil servants have been writing their memoirs. But they have only been penned only after being pensioned off.

“Portraits of Power – Half a Century of Being at Ringside” by NK Singh (Rupa, New Delhi) is a life-story that everyone was looking forward to. Singh was a formidable civil servant, a compassionate politician, a keen chronicler of India’s socio-economic history, and an archetypal academic that the academic world never picked up. Being a thoughtful work, Singh’s autobiography is an important landmark in a similar genre.

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