The role of DESAI is based on real life of Mr. Morarji Desai a notable Indian independence activist and the fifth Prime Minister of India from 1977 to 1979. He was also the first Prime Minister to head India’s first non-Congress Government. He held many important posts in the Government of India such as: Chief Minister of Bombay State, Home Minister, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India.
A newspaper editor,Godse has acquired redoubtable credit as a fiery orator and a fanatic Hindu. Godse’s extreme right philosophies are well known and the police and intelligence have been tracking his activities for a while. Frustrated by Gandhi’s fast to protest against non-payment of dues to Pakistan and violence against Muslims, Godse takes a pledge. A pledge that will take him from the bylanes of Poona to Birla House, where a recovering Gandhi conducts his daily prayers. Godse is obsessed. If Hindus have to survive, Gandhi must die. However, his name and details of the other conspirators is known to the Indian police and intelligence. Check post have been set up all across Delhi and a man known to be the ‘dog squad man’ is after him. But Godse has an ace up his sleeve. He will come again, and yet again, till he completes his mission. And he will do it, at any cost to himself as well as generations of ‘yet to be born’ family, knowing that the name Godse will sink after he carries out the deed. Come what may, Godse has upped the stakes. Nothing and no one can stop him now. He is like a hound that has smelled blood.
The Director General Of MI-5 during the time India attained it’s independence, is in a bind. Post world-war dynamics are changing rapidly, and China in in turmoil, with the civil war turning its tide in favor of The Communists. With Indian ‘Prime Minister in waiting’, Jawahar Lal Nehru pushing for a communist Krishna Menon for the position of The Ambassador to Great Britain, Percy suspects that India might turn communist before too long. Fast losing control of the fantastic web of intelligence set-up during the British Raj, Percy knows that time is of essence if something meaningful has to be done. His only hope: Sir Norman Smith, the last DIB of British India. But does Smith still exercise control? Can he trust his erstwhile lieutenants? In a political landscape where trust is an expensive commodity, Percy must take all steps necessary to ensure that India stabilizes as a secular democracy.
Vallabhbhai Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India. He was a social leader who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often addressed as Sardar, which means Chief in Hindi, Urdu and Persian.
Lord Mountbatten of Burma, the famous royal from the Great Britain has stayed back in India, as the first Governor General of independent India. With India going through an unprecedented wave of sectarian violence, and a border proxy war with Pakistan, Lord Mountbatten is in a tough situation. As part of the pre-partition agreement, India must pay Pakistan Five Hundred Fifty Million Rupees. Nehru and Sardar feel that such a payment will just sow the ‘Sinews of war’, and the Indian congress has rejected the payment till the Kashmir issue is sorted out. Pakistan is almost bankrupt, and Lord Mountbatten must do what is right. His only hope is a man who will stand tall and deliver on promises made is a man bigger than mankind, Mahatma Gandhi. But does an old man, weakened by his struggle for his countrymen, and retired from active politics, still wield power over Nehru and The Sardar? In an environment where old friends have turned foes, and hatred has replaced humanity, can Gandhi deliver, one more time?
The Mahatma spent the day of Indian independence praying and fasting. It did not take the great man too long to realize that while Indians had fought hard for freedom, they were not ready to handle the responsibility, when it was finally entrusted to them.
The aftermath of partition was followed by communal riots like never seen before. Gandhi went to Calcutta, and stayed at the house of H.S. Suhrawardy, the erstwhile governor of Bengal, and a Muslim. As the Indian politicians start celebrating, and the people start rioting, Gandhi stood alone, denouncing violence of all kinds. Mistrusted by the Muslims, hated by the refugees, Gandhi knows it is a losing battle. But he has been there before. Back in Delhi, Gandhi is disconcerted by a factionally divided populace and the fact that Muslims of India cannot walk on the streets of Delhi without fearing an act of violence or worse. The congress does not want to pay Pakistan the Rs. 550 Million, which was part of a pre-partition agreement. Gandhi announces an indefinite fast, as a penance for the sins of his fellow Indians. The politicians, who had discarded Gandhi as a spent force, are awestruck by the power the great man still holds over Indians.
For the moment, they must appease him. But somewhere a conspiracy is brewing… Many people in the opposition, as well as refugees hate Gandhi’s secular philosophy. Gandhi’s continued influence over the masses is disturbing to politicians who see Gandhi’s larger than life persona to be a challenge. The western powers find India’s new political elite to be openly socialist, and communist friendly. A master-mind is tasked to architect a conspiracy that is unheard of. Drawing a parallel between the assassination of Lincoln, the conspirator intends for a fanatic Hindu, who must belong to the opposition, to assassinate Gandhi. He knows his job is easy.
Unlike others in congress, Gandhi does not have personal bodyguards, and shies away from police protection. And many fanatics in the country will take up arms against him. But there are small problems he must deal with. He must operate from behind iron curtains. Further, the assassin must come from the masses, which means he will not be a professional killer. But an experienced operator knows which buttons to press, and when. Where others might fail, he will succeed. But who is he? Where is he from? In a burning India, lines drawn on caste, color, creed and ethnicity have become foggy, as western powers, politicians, neighbours and friends, any or all of them might find Gandhi’s assassination as a permanent solution to their plight. Amongst these men, somewhere, someone who can never compromise on power is at work.
John Wilkes Booth was an American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. Booth was a member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland and, by the 1860s, was a well-known actor. He was also a Confederate sympathizer, vehement in his denunciation of Lincoln, and was strongly opposed to the abolition of slavery in the United States.