Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani has turned author with her debut novel 'Lal Salaam'. The novel is based on the tragic killings of 76 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel at Dantewada in Chhattisgarh in April 2010.
The novel pays tribute to the extraordinary people who have served the country for decades – especially those who have borne the brunt of the red corridor conflict. The book will be released on November 29.
"The story has been brewing at the back of my mind for a few years now, until there came a time when I simply couldn't ignore the urge to put it down on paper. I am hoping readers will enjoy the pace and the insights I have tried to bring to the narrative, which is set in a less-reported part of India," said Smriti Irani while talking about her upcoming book.
'Lal Salaam' tells the story of a young officer, Vikram Pratap Singh, and of the challenges he faces against a system that is rife with backroom manoeuvrings and corruption.