With the contents of the book—Turning Points—written by former President APJ Abdul Kalam, which is yet to be published though, landing public domain, there are fair chances that the ripple effect may give a big jolt to the power gallery which is already undergoing soaring political temperature owing to the race for Raisina Hill. Stamping the high stature and projecting unassuming image of Kalam in new colour, the facts of the book have tumbled down many skeletons from cupboard that could be thorn in the flesh of power-that-be. His revelation of resigning from the post of President after the Supreme Court struck down the Centre’s decision to dissolve the Bihar Assembly, would definitely embarrass the ruling government. It would surely ratchet up his dimension that he had decided to withdraw his resignation, which had been already prepared, for the cause of the country. It is startling, as Kalam mentioned in his book, that he was urged to rethink his decision by the Prime Minister who pleaded with him that his resignation might lead to the fall of the UPA government. Had Kalam put in papers after the SC’s decision, the ruling establishment at the Centre would have landed in the soup with the eruption of political turmoil. Needless to say that the Bihar Assembly was dissolved only to steamroller the chance of forming the government by Nitish Kumar.

Undoubtedly, the Central government was arm twisted by Lalu Prasad, who was then minister at the Centre, to dissolve the Bihar Assembly. However, the perception percolated that the decision was unjust which was taken under coalition compulsion. In a measure to offset its sagging credential, the Central government ousted Buta Singh from the Raj Bhavan. It is quite obvious that the decision of dissolving Bihar Bhavan had wide ramification, sending ripples across the political spectrum, but it seems that no lesson has been learnt from the coalition bungling as regional satrap is still mounting pressure to bend the Centre to its whims and fancies. It is pertinent that the leading party of the coalition should be able to stave off unwanted pressure from its constituent partners, otherwise the country would have to face serious political upshot. Albeit the contents of Kalam’s yet-to-be-published book have hit the hornet’s nest, it has proved that why was he reckoned as one of the most popular Presidents of the country?