Syama Prasad Mookerjee : His Death In Detention
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When it appeared in 1953, Uma Prasad’s book on Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s detention and death in Kashmir created a wave of indignation. It reproduced documents connected to Dr. Mookerjee’s arrest and death and gave a gripping account of the manner in which he was arrested, detained and allowed to die. Dr. Mookerjee’s mother Jogmaya Debi’s letter to Nehru, pleading for an enquiry, Nehru’s refusal to order it, Sheikh Abdullah’s obfuscations, all of these find place in this book. Why was Dr. Mookerjee allowed to enter Jammu and Kashmir and then arrested? Why were high doses of a particular injection, to which he was allergic, administered to him? How did his diary disappear—are among the many questions that this book raises and attempts to answer. Above all it gives the readers an idea of how obstinate, self-obsessed, arrogant and scheming a man was Jawaharlal Nehru, who, as it comes across in this book, was not only economical with the truth but had literally pushed Dr. Mookerjee to his end. A must read for all those who wish to understand the truth behind the sudden end of a momentous and promising life.