Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India, Hardeep Singh Puri has launched a book titled ‘The Reverse Swing: Colonialism to Cooperation’ authored by Ashok Tandon.
The essence of the book
The book showcases New India’s march to glory leaving behind the unfortunate and painful memories of foreign subjugation spanning several centuries. The author has penned down the historical events and the transformations in the Indo-UK relations since independence, not with a view to reopen the wounds of colonial rule but to enlighten the present generations, particularly the large Indian Diaspora, with what India had to undergo prior to independence in 1947 and how it has excelled in various sectors to become world’s fifth largest economy and earned a pride of place in the comity of nations.
About the Author
Ashok Tandon is a veteran Indian journalist, columnist, and political commentator with over 50 years of experience in print journalism, media relations, and media academics. A master’s in political science from Delhi University, Ashok Tandon worked in various positions including PTI Bureau Chief in London for more than seven years and later as Diplomatic Editor of the PTI in New Delhi. Tandon oversaw Media Relations in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s PMO (1998-2004) in the rank of Additional Secretary and later joined as Professor and Director, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication at its NOIDA Campus. In the UK, Tandon was twice President of the Indian Journalists’ Association, Europe (IJA). Ashok Tandon was conferred the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by the SGT University, Gurugram, India, in January 2023. At present, he is a Member of the Prasar Bharati Board (Broadcasting Corporation of India).