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Why have books become a mode to reveal sensational secrets?
Books are in news these days. Books written by a former President, a politician, an eminent journalist and an international sports person having India connection have hit the breaking news tag because of the various secrets they have exposed in public. No doubt the books have given due publicity to their authors and the lead characters.

FIRST IT was the latest book of former President APJ Abdul Kalam which made headlines. In his book 'Turning Points, A Journey Through Challenges', Kalam revealed a secret that at no point he was apposing Sonia Gandhi from becoming Prime Minister after the general elections in 2004.

Notably, until the disclosure of this secret, it was a widespread theory in political circles that Kalam was not in favor of making Sonia Gandhi as the Prime Minister because of her foreign origin.

Though the book Turning Points has now put a full stop to all such speculations, but the big question is why Kalam took so long to reveal this fact and why he chose a book only to pen down this secret rather than exposing it through some other means?

Congress Party leader late Arjun Singh's soon-to-be-released posthumous autobiography 'A Grain of Sand in the Hourglass of Time' has caught everyone's attention as the veteran leader uncovered some secrets related to the former Prime Minister late PV Narsimha Rao.

In his autobiography Singh said that PV Narsimha Rao had blasted the idea of appointing Sonia Gandhi as the party president after the demise of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

The book also says that after the infamous demolition of Babri Masjid, Rao had locked himself in his room and the scene resembled the infamous spectacle of Nero fiddling while Rome burnt.

Eminent Journalist Kuldip Nayar is also coming up with his autobiography Benyond the Lines. The soon to be released book is already in the picture for its chapters on PV Narsimha Rao. Nayar in his book has blamed the former Prime Minister for the Babri Masjid's demolition at Ayodhya.

The veteran journalist claimed that Rao had sat down for a puja when kar sevaks began demolishing the Babri Masjid and ended his puja only after getting the news that demolition is over.

The big question, which arises here is, why public figures are using books as a mode to reveal their well kept secrets for years rather than disclosing them on public platforms such as seminars, conferences, public rallies or in interviews to newspapers or TV channels. What is the reason that autobiographies are being made sensational by penning down life's most sensational secrets?

Dr. Prem Singh, National General Secretary of Socialist Party (India) terms the tendency of disclosing secrets through books as unfortunate. He said that public figures who are using books as a mode to reveal their life's secrets are actually running behind name, fame and money.

“It is an unfortunate tendency and against the Gandhian ethics. It is in compatibility of the corporate capitalism that thrives on the sole motive of profit and greed. Those who make revelations of secrets through books are in fact running behind name, fame and money. They serve self interest at the cost of public interest. Their desires never die even their role is over. If such people are really committed to truth they should have come out then and there only. At least a former president should not be indulged in such trivial practices,” Dr. Prem Singh said to this Citizen Journalist .

South Asia based senior war journalist Dr. Waiel Awwad said that pubic figures are opting for books to reveal their secrets as they feel that by this way their revelations can reach larger viewers to justify their acts and morals in a self-reflected manner.

“We are living in an era of gossip, social networking, curious and intrusive society. So public figures feel it can reach larger viewers to justify their acts and morals in a self reflected manner. However, it has an adverse effect on human dignity and privacy and it may Bloomberg on those individuals. The ethic of such revelation is of own decision which will narrow what is considered privacy and public domain. It gives them more room to talk and expose others," said Dr. Awwad.

Sachin Garg, an author and Co-founder of Grapevine India Publishers thinks that controversies have become a new form of advertisement and thus tendency of revealing secrets through books is increasing.

“A book is a much more elaborate medium where a person gets to set context and tell what they want to. And also, in some cases, it's also about their intangible desire to sell their books and make their story to reach out to more people. Definitely, controversy is the new advertisement,” said Sachin Garg.

It is not only politics and public figures from India who are using books to expose secrets hidden in deep of their hearts. Former captain of Australian cricket team and ex- coach of Indian team Greg Chappell has also come up with a book on legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid to reveal some secrets he has been keeping under the wrap.

In his book 'Rahul Dravid - Timeless Steel', Chappell has written that despite Dravid guiding the Indian team to a number of victories, his success was not enjoyed by some of the team members. No doubt Chappell's secret has created some fresh controversies to be debated by veterans of Indian cricket.

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