Ram Jethmalani, by Nalini Gera, is the authorized biography of the controversial, flamboyant and brilliant lawyer – politician, a man who has been playing a vital role in Indian politics.
Ram Jethmalani was labelled ‘smugglers’ lawyer’ when he chose to defend the smuggler Haji Mastan. His defence of Kehar Singh in the Indira Gandhi assassination case was front page news then. And he has also been in news for political reasons, including the bid for the office of the President, his investigative zeal in the Bofors case that kept the issue alive in the public memory, among other things. Nalini Gera tries to bring out the deeply private, spiritual and philosophical man behind the lawyer and the politician, in this authorized biography. It talks about his childhood days in Shikarpur in undivided Sind, his trying times during and post-Partition, his brilliant legal career, the women in his life and also his relationship with the Gandhis. The book is more enriched because of the personal acquaintance of the author with Jethmalani.
Many might have known him or heard about him but did you know that he is the most pro-Israel politician in Asia; one of the founders of the prestigious National School of Law, Bangalore; one of the first to raise the issue of corruption in India; founder of the Sunday Guardian in the late eighties, one of the longest-serving parliamentarians; and that he is married to two wives at the same time? It sheds more light on the mind and public life of one India’s veteran politicians, and his role in the country’s major legal and political events post-independence
Nalini Gera is an Indian author and biographer. She is associated with Penguin India.