Aviation

Praful Patel, Descent of Air India and the killing of a critical book

MUMBAI
The descent of Air India is complete. Or so, it seems. Publishing giant Bloomsbury in a decision, unprecedented for its abject surrender, has withdrawn former AI top honcho Jitender Bhargava’s book The Descent of Air India, agreed to destroy copies of the book left in its stocks and tendered an apology to former civil aviation minister Praful Patel, who has been pilloried in the book as the man who caused the downfall of the airline.

Descent of Air India chronicles the decline of Air India and Praful Patel’s contribution to the descent. Satish Maneshinde, senior advocate for the minister, told dna on Wednesday that the withdrawal of Bhargava’s book by Bloomsbury was the outcome of an out-of-court settlement between Patel and the publishing firm.

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