his crisp, characteristic style, the author launches a broadside against
identity politics, which seek to erode the idea of Bharat and suppress the
voice of its majority. He also rips apart the facade of half-truths and
dissembling, legitimized as ‘political correctness,’ in staunch defence of the
Indian Army and national sentiments. At the same time, the book looks at what
India can accomplish, when left to its genius and cultural heritage, despite a
thousand daunting odds.
Portents should be of
great value to the professional security analyst and the lay public alike. It
represents the author’s years of fruitful work as a fearless journalist and
commentator, who highlights the bitter truth,” writes Maj Gen GD Bakshi.
author has written quite extensively on social issues as a mainstream
journalist, doing his bit for the underdog. His literary genes went into
overdrive when he first stepped into his teens. What began as self-inflicted
exercises were no more than fledgling attempts to crystallize ideas and
experiences into words, not very successfully though. He wrote and rewrote for
clarity and precision, until he could exercise some control over the elusive
medium, and this was a rather painstaking process.
life’s pressure became unbearable, and he wanted to quit, the unstinting love
and support of his beloved father, late Major Sukumar Talukdar, always kept him
afloat. The war veteran bore hardships cheerfully, occasioned by long absences
from home, serving in forward posts, to give the author the finest of
education. His wartime experiences as regimental medical officer, saving lives
and limbs on the battlefield, taught the author what fortitude is all about.
Major Talukdar’s experiences are recounted in “War Veteran recalls decisive
Battle of Charwa.”
author holds a Diploma in Social Journalism from the New Delhi based Times
Research Foundation’s School of Social Journalism. He has garnered a wealth of
experience over 27 years of being with the mainstream print media, including
21 spent with The Times of India, doing leader articles and Q&As for the Edit
Page and writing odd pieces for The
Illustrated Weekly. He also served the Indo-Asian News Service as a Senior