Jammu, Jan. 24 -- Pranabda hasn't given us any indication of the tough period when he realised Sonia

Gandhi had decided to give the presidency not to him, but to then vice-president Hamid


He wrested the presidency from her, and handed her the biggest defeat of her UPA

years, observes Shekhar Gupta.

Reading the fourth volume of the late Pranab Mukherjee's memoir The Presidential Years

(2012-2017), particularly if you've read the first three, the striking thing is his changing

mood, tenor and reserve with truth-telling.

Remember, I didn't say lying. Only hesitation with truth-telling.

It could be that this latest, posthumously published volume was too close to the years he's

talking about.

Or, that he took, as was charact...