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Diary of a Decade in Agony Avinash Dharmadhikari

Diary of a Decade in Agony

Avinash Dharmadhikari

Published October 29th 2014
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510 pages
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The author who is now a committed, concerned and honest civil servant chronicles his experiences in the 1980s - the violent decade - when as a student volunteer and later as a journalist, he travelled the length and breadth of India and encounteredMoreThe author who is now a committed, concerned and honest civil servant chronicles his experiences in the 1980s - the violent decade -  when as a student volunteer and later as a journalist, he travelled the length and breadth of India and encountered face to face the multiple political and social tragedies in the making. The book is an Indian panorama with the various people he encountered in his travels coming alive in the pages of the book - from peasants in cyclone hit Andhra Pradesh, to student leaders in Assam, to dissidents in Punjab and Kashmir, Anti-Reservation Movement in Gujarat and and Farmers Movement in Maharashtra and to fundamentalists in Aligarh and Ayodhya. His accounts of interviews with Bhindranwale, with Mohanta, with Farookh Abdullah and with both RSS and Muslims in Aligarh along with scores of other people find chilling echoes in events that have overtaken us since then.Particularly notable are the authors thoughts and comments and musings of every encounter he describes. This gives the reader a sense of being swept up and involved in the lives of Indias millions.Dairy of a Decade of Agony is a translation of the Marathi original Aswastha Dashakachi Diari which created a stir when it was first published. It won the Sarvotkrushta Vangmaya Puraskar -  given by the Maharashtra State Government in 1989. It has now gone into a third edition.This book is a must for who is keen on the contemporary Indian socio-political scene.