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My Life - Years at the Bar, Bench and in Kashmir Politics

My Life - Years at the Bar, Bench and in Kashmir Politics

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The book traces the eventful life of D.D. Thakur that began in the backwoods of what was a princely state of Jammu & Kashmir in northern India. It chronicles the events that culminated in Pak-occupation of a partof the state territory followed by accession to India and the emergence of popular rule in the state. It describes the stages through which democracy and democratic institutions in the state passed. It gives aringside view of the political developments in the state post-Independence, especially the Kashmir Accord between Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Abdullah and its political fallout. At the national level, the author's interaction with theleaders of the post-Independence era, events and anecdotes connected with them provides an insight into the contemporary political thought and compulsions.
He describes the events that led to Farooq Abdullah's rise and fall in Kashmir politics and the circumstances that resulted in his dismissal in 1984, leading to the split of the National  Conference and installation of the GM Shah-led ministry. The latter part of the book focuses on the author's tenure as Governor of the troubled state of Assam and the secessionist activities in that region. His understanding of the nature and magnitude of the problem brings to public domain considerable information that was hitherto unknown. In this book, he shares diverse facts not only about his life but also about the people he met and matters he had an opportunity to handle during his chequered career.
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Contents
1. Childhood In The Valley
2. Beyond The Village
3. Growing Up In Srinagar
4. Rise Of National Conference
5. Becoming A Lawyer
6. Yet another Beginning
7. Detour To The Judiciary
8. The Chosen One - Representing Jammu
9. Assuming A Ministerial Role
10. Amending The Constitution
11. Successor To The NC Throne
12. The Fall Of The Sheikh-Indira Accord Of 1975
13. A New Alliance
14. Farooq abdullah - The Chief Minister
15. At The Supreme Court Bar
16. The Beginning Of The End
17. With No Party To Work For
18. Exercising My Right To Freedom Of Expression
19. De Jure Head Of Assam
20. The Litigator Within
21. My Life and Experiences
Report on the Examination and the Review of the Central Laws and the Provisions
of the Constitution of India Extended/Applied to the Stste of Jammu & Kashmir after 1953
Tributes
Index
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Author Details
D.D. THAKUR was an eminent Supreme Court lawyer, former Judge of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court, former Minister in Sheikh Abdullah's Cabinet, former Deputy Chief Minister of the state and also the Governor of Assam. As a Minister in Sheikh Abdullah's cabinet, he was responsible for various progressive measures adopted to rid the system of corruption and arbitrariness. His role as a bridge between the Sheikh and the Congress Party which was then in majority sustained the accord between Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Abdullah. He played a crucial role in Dr Abdullah's dismissal and installation of a coalition government, which was both admired and criticised.
His tenure as Governor of Assam and chairman of the Northeast Council stemmed the secessionist movement in that state and is remembered for the all-round development of the Northeast region in general and Assam in particular.
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