Dad faced a lot of resistance from within Congress: Manmohan Singh's daughter

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 05, 2014 13:15 hrs

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's daughter has defended her father in a new book and said he was not a misfit in politics but was not made for manipulative politics.

In an interview to The Times Of India, Daman Singh said, I don't think he is a misfit in politics but manipulative politics does not come to him easily. He is not a wheeler dealer.

She has said that Manmohan Singh faced a lot of resistance to reforms within the Congress.

"But he survived, didn't he? Against all odds, against all the doomsayers. He is not a reluctant politician. He enjoys a challenge, he takes risks and does not play safe."

"In fact, my father is a risk taker," she added.

While the former Prime Minister has been criticised in the books of Sanjaya Baru and Natawar Singh, Daman Singh has defended her father in her book, "Strictly Personal: Manmohan and Gursharan".

Speaking on those two books criticising her father, she said, I haven't read either of the two books. They're not the sort of books I normally read.

"As far as I can tell, former union minister Natwar Singh's book is about politics, which is not the kind of book am normally interested in reading. I am interested in politics as a process," she said.

"I wrote this book because I wanted to discover my parents as individuals. And I think they enjoyed talking to me about their life, and reflecting on different parts of their life."

She said without former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, Manmohan Singh could not have done anything in the 1991 budget and Rao backed his radical ideas and approach.

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