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DIRECTOR-AUTHOR VIVEK AGNIHOTRI’S NEXT BOOK WILL BE ‘WHO KILLED SHASTRI? THE TASHKENT FILES’

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Jyothi Venkatesh

After the massive success of his first book Urban Naxals: The Making of Buddha in a Traffic Jam, the acclaimed director and screenwriter Vivek Agnihotri is now coming up with his second non-fiction book ‘Who Killed Shastri?: The Tashkent Files’.Known for writing screenplays of films like ‘The Tashkent Files, ‘Buddha In A Traffic Jam’ and ‘Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal’, Agnihotri has bound together with the elements of death mystery around the legendary Lal Bahadur Shastri in his book. According to the author, is “The first-ever book to investigate the mysterious death of independent India’s second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, from all possible angles.”

Commenting on his book, Agnihotri said “Four years ago I figured out that the first fundamental right of a citizen in a democracy has to be right to the truth but how is it possible if we don’t know the truth of our second Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri mysterious death in Tashkent. That’s how this journey began after filling many RTIS and struggling with all the possible sources. We decided to chase the truth and discovered the truth behind Shastri Ji’s death and in this journey. I rediscovered the synergetic politics of India between the humiliating defeat by China in 1962 till the in a position of an emergency. How India was sold and I concluded that whoever killed Shastri are the same people who sold India. This book is my spiritual journey into politics and very strongly conveys that is because of the absence of spirituality and moral values in politics.

How India has suffered generations after generations. This book is also a warning to the new generation that they must fight in moral politics and always stand up and fight for their truth.”Vivek has always been interested in writing. He has written his directorial projects as well. The filmmaker has also made the book available online for pre-orders. He has released the cover of the book on social media, for pre-orders and to get feedback. The book will hit the stands on August 28.On the work front, Vivek Rajan Agnihotri will start working on his new project, which is titled ‘The Kashmir Files’.

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