Watch the full video (above) of the book discussion on ‘A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of V.K. Krishna Menon' by Jairam Ramesh (Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha); featuring the author and Chandrashekhar Dasgupta (former Indian Ambassador to the EU, China, and Belgium).
About the Book
This is a compelling biography of one of India's most controversial and consequential public figures. V K Krishna Menon continues to command our attention not just because he was Jawaharlal Nehru's confidant and soulmate but also for many of his own political and literary accomplishments. A relentless crusader for Indian independence in the UK in the 1930s and 1940s, he was a global star at the United Nations in the 1950s before he was forced to resign as defence minister in the wake of the India-China war of 1962.
Meticulously researched and based entirely on new archival material, this book reveals Krishna Menon in all his capabilities and contradictions. It is also a rich history of the tumultuous times in which he lived and which he did so much to shape.
The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.