BENGALURU: A book about the life and times of former Karnataka chief minister is expected to reveal interesting details about the kidnap of late Kannada thespian Rajkumar by forest brigand and the backroom negotiations which led to his safe release.
The book, likely to be released next month, will focus on Krishna’s spanning over five decades and the stressful period during the abduction of Rajkumar. Krishna is a rare politician — he’s been in both houses of the Karnataka legislature, in Parliament as a member, speaker, minister, deputy chief minister, chief minister and a Union minister and governor of Maharashtra.
Under pressure to ensure Rajkumar’s safe release and also maintain law and order, Krishna reportedly spoke several times to many Tamil Nadu politicians, including then chief minister M Karunanidhi and mediators like Nakkeeran Gopal and Nedumaran, among others.
Did SMK request Veerappan to free Rajkumar?
The buzz around the book indicates SM Krishna also personally spoke to Veerappan and requested him to release the thespian. Another issue of interest is Krishna’s decision to join BJP at the end of his political career, leaving his admirers and Congress leaders surprised.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s biography is also likely to hit the stands soon. According to sources close to him, the book is ready and awaiting his nod.
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