Although both are children of famous fathers, they also have their own political identity. Congress leader and two-time MP from Jangipur Lok Sabha seat Abhijeet Mukherjee was abandoned by his father – though now an ex. The other is his younger sister Sharmishtha, a Congress spokesperson in Delhi and has also contested for the party from a seat in South Delhi.
But the way former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee had two children, a true friend of Bangladesh and ‘Narail’s son-in-law’, is now embroiled in a public feud over his father’s upcoming biography. According to the sister, her grandfather wants to get ‘cheap publicity’. On the other hand, Grandpa says, “You don’t need to listen to anyone!”
The controversy recently came to light after parts of the fourth episode of Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography My Presidential Years.
The book is scheduled to be published in January next year. Earlier, a brief excerpt was published in various media outlets. And it shows that Pranab Mukherjee indirectly blamed Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for the fall of the Congress in the 2014 Indian elections (in which Narendra Modi won and became the Prime Minister).
The summary, published on Pranab Mukherjee’s birthday on 11 December, shows that “some members of Congress thought that if I had been Prime Minister in 2004, the devastation of 2014 could have been avoided”. Although I do not believe it, I believe that after being promoted to the post of President, the focus of the party leadership should be. Sonia Gandhi could not handle the party’s work at that time, and her relations with other MPs were strained due to Manmohan Singh’s long absence in Parliament. ‘
The book is being published by Rupa Prakashan, a publishing house in India. He signed a contract with Pranab Mukherjee in 2013 to publish a four-volume autobiography. The first three episodes were released while Pranab Mukherjee was alive. However, the fourth and final episode will be released in September, four months after his death.
But now Pranab’s son and former Congress MP Abhijeet Mukherjee has strongly objected to the publication of the book. He claimed on Tuesday that he, as the son of Pranab Mukherjee, had demanded that the publication of the entire book be stopped until it was cleared. I believe that if my father were alive today, he would have done the same. He also tagged publishing house Roopa Publications in that tweet.
Sharmistha Mukherjee responded on Twitter in an hour or two. He wrote, as the daughter of Pranab Mukherjee, I would say that my brother Abhijeet Mukherjee should not create any unnecessary hindrance in the publication of the book. Remember, my father finished the manuscript of the book before he became ill. ‘
Twitter’s quarrel did not stop here. This morning (Wednesday), Abhijeet Mukherjee re-wrote without naming his sister, “Some people think I am trying to stop the publication of my father’s autobiography. Not at all. I can only read the entire book of publication I want to be allowed to read, which is my right as the author’s son! ‘
By calling his sister ‘Karo Karo’ it is clear that the disagreement between Pranab Mukherjee’s two children has reached a certain stage.
Intellectual property rights experts in India say that when there is an agreement between a publishing house and the author of a book – the author’s heirs cannot question the contents of the book after the author’s death.
But yes, if Abhijeet or Sharmistha have a statement on the question of royalty, they can file a complaint against the publishing house. But experts say that no one has the right to object to what is written in the book. But they do not have the right to quarrel on social media, and two siblings are doing so.