To Indira...with love

Published: May 5, 2010
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Azra Gorakhpuri at the Karachi Press Club.

Azra Gorakhpuri at the Karachi Press Club.

KARACHI: From Allahabad to London and all the way to the Prime Minister’s office.

Azra Gorakhpuri reveals the softer side of India’s ‘iron lady’, Indira Gandhi, in her new biography of the former prime minister. At the launch of the book “Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi – A Token of Love from Pakistan” at the press club on Tuesday, Gorakhpuri said that Jaswant Sindh’s book on the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah inspired her to write about Indira Gandhi, who she had the privilege of meeting three times in India. She is proud to be the first Pakistani to write a book in Hindi, India’s national language.

“It would have been much better if Jaswant Singh had written the book on Jinnah in Urdu,” she added. Gorakhpuri believes that the biography will play a role in improving the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan. “Civil society members of both the countries have been trying to maintain cordial relations between the two countries. My book is also a part of this process,” she explained. From the former prime minister’s childhood to her falling in love with Feroz Gandhi, the biography has it all.

“The dispute between Indira and her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru about her marriage with Feroze Gandhi is one of the most interesting and important chapters,” she said. The biography also describes her education in London, cites the history of negotiations at the Simla agreement with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and more importantly, her relationship with her sons Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi. Azra Gorakhpuri said she was in awe of Indira Gandhi’s charismatic personality ever since she met her in 1979.

“I met her through my grandfather who was one of her cabinet members. After our meeting, I started adopting her style in school, especially in debates,” she said with a smile. The author, who is an educationist and moved to Pakistan from India after her marriage in 1981, said she wants to present the book to Sonia Gandhi, Indira Gandhi’s daughter-inlaw. “I will go to India with a Pakistani delegation to hand over the book to her,” she added. English and Urdu versions of the book will be published soon.

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  • May 5, 2010 - 9:19PM

    Ms Azra Gorakhpuri merit acclaim, for being exponent of the ‘instinctive urge’ we know as ‘PEACE’ – the very cynosure theme of Islam. The rationale of her work seems to be genuinely guided by the conviction that ‘conciliation and understanding’ are the ultimate tools to win peace which both India and Pakistan have wrongly been pursuing through war hysteria. It is an honor for a Pakistani Muslim to be generously bold enough to offer an olive branch to neighbor India by tendering open-heart esteem to an Indian/ Hindu celebrity. I would urge the Government of Pakistan to consider organizing a delegation consisting ‘ambassadors of peace’ like her to remodel peace initiatives with India. Recommend

  • Junaid Uddin Ahmed
    May 8, 2010 - 12:24AM

    Azra Gorakhpuri has done a wonderful job you should conduct her interview in your newspaper as well as your express channel, this is a good step in improving Pak India relations.

    I have also seen her clips going on indian channels. Our country news channels should also elaborate her.

    I am a regular reader of Tribune it is excellent news paper.Recommend

  • Mohammad Arsalan Khan
    May 8, 2010 - 12:31AM

    Dear Sir,
    It Is Wonderful To Watch Your News On web. As Far As The News It IS Really A Thing on Which Pakistan Should Be Proud Of . Your News Paper Should Personally Pass All Details To Foreign Minister Mr.S.M Qureshi To Proceed Further to India .It Is our Duty To Provide Every Help To Azra Gorakhpuri . Recommend

  • hina khan
    May 8, 2010 - 12:43AM

    tribune is no doubt a leading newspaper these days it will definitely grow faster .
    azra gorakhpuri has done an excellent job.I have seen her program on dhoom T.v and a few other T.v channel.your T.v channel should also give her ful coverage to show India that we take care of such rare type of writers.India is projecting her news positively but sorry to say that our country spends lots of money on shoaib sania marriage but do not take care of such wonderful writers as your news indicates that she has written the book in hindhi being the first pakistani lady to write on indira gandhi a very concrete answer to jaswant singh Recommend

  • Danish Hussain Siddiqui
    May 8, 2010 - 1:12AM

    dear viewiers kindly watch azra gorakhpuri on facebook and see every news detail.Thanks for the tribune to writewonderful column on my great mother azra gorakhpuri whom i feel proud of.I am lucky enough to be son of such qualified,talented and hard working mother.
    I request media all journalists, and government of pakistan to provide every possible support.
    President of Pakistan Mr.Zardari, Prime Minister Mr.Gilani,Foreign Minister Mr.Shah Qureshi,Governor Sindh and Chef Minister should arrange party to pay honour to her as she is only working to improve indo pak relations.Also thankful to tribune an extraordinary news paper and other newspapers, T.v channels of pakistan and india both who have projected her press conference. Recommend

  • anwaarahmad
    May 20, 2010 - 6:35AM

    We are true and sincere muslims,believing on GHAIB even.I also appreciate this effort of Azra Gorakhpuri without going through the contents of this book.I only know one good thing about her that she once belonged to that land which has been given some meaning for me by great FIRAQ.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ismail Khan
    Sep 28, 2010 - 12:04PM

    This is no doubt a marvelous job and a good effort to provide a link between Indo-Pak individuals who knows each other since long, Its a link of sweet memories,good feelings, love, peace and respect of each others. This could definitely contribute in bringing the people of the both countries further closer If, such efforts are considered and given due importance and support to encourage not only this writer even other writers and individuals who are willing to work and participate in this process of peace.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ismail Khan
    Sep 28, 2010 - 5:12PM

    This is no doubt a marvelous job and a good effort to provide a link between Indo-Pak individuals who knows each other since past, Its a link of sweet memories,good feeling, love, peace and respect of each other. This could definitely contribute in bringing the people of the both countries further closer If, such efforts are considered and given due importance and support to encourage not only this writer even other writers and individuals who are willing to work and participate in this
    process of peace.Recommend

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