Ram Jethmalani: The Authorized Biography
Author: Nalini Gera
Brilliant, flamboyant and controversial lawyer politician Ram Jethmalani is all this and much more. His defence of the smuggler Haji Mastan first earned him the sobriquet smugglers lawyer ; his defence of Kehar Singh in the Indira Gandhi assassination case made front page news; his political choices, including his bid for the office of the President, earned him praise as well as derision; and the investigative zeal he exhibited in the Bofors case ensured that the issue stayed alive in public memory. In this authorized biography, Nalini Gera attempts to capture the essential Jethmalani the deeply private, philosophical and spiritual man behind the public persona. The book dwells on his idyllic childhood in Shikarpur in undivided Sind, the difficult post-Partition days, his enviable legal career, his relationship with the Gandhis and, yes, the women in his life. Gera s narrative is enriched by her personal acquaintance and interviews with Jethmalani, who opens up with a candour that is almost unknown among people in public life. Meticulously researched and illuminated by moments of rare insight, this is a book that explores the mind and career of India s most famous political maverick and, in the process, throws light on the major political and legal events that shaped post-Independence India.