Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has penned her autobiography, “Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life”. Bloomsbury India’s publishers made this announcement on Thursday (18th January).

The memoir will be unveiled on January 27 at the 11th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

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Contents of the book

The book will take readers through the “lifelong journey of the only female politician in India to be part of a select, overwhelmingly male, band”.

Dixit has written about how a young girl passionate about cycling along the tree-lined avenues of a brand new Lutyens’ Delhi went on to become the city’s Chief Minister five decades later.

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The book also highlights how Dikshit never wanted to be in politics. She, however, mentions that her liberal upbringing in a Punjabi household, marriage to an IAS officer and being the daughter-in-law of well-known freedom fighter and politician, Uma Shankar Dikshit, were factors that compelled her to join politics.

“When I look back, I see an Indian woman, with what many may call a modern attitude even today, choosing to take the important decisions of her life and be accountable for them,” Dikshit said.

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Know more about her 

The ace politician was born on March 31, 1938, in Kapurthala in Punjab into a Punjabi Khatri family. She attended Convent of Jesus and Mary school in Delhi. After that, she graduated with Masters of Arts degree from Miranda House of Delhi University.

Dikshit was the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi, serving for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013.

A member of the Indian National Congress, she led the Congress to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi.

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We are looking forward to many interesting tales in the autobiography.

Picture credits: Deccan Chronicle

 

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