Smriti Irani becomes author with ‘Lal Salaam’, a novel pays tribute to the 76 CRPF members martyred in the Dantewada attack in 2010

Bollywood actress turned politician, Smriti Zubin Irani became an author with her first novel “Lal Salaam”. The first novel by the Minister of the Union is based on the lives of agents of the Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) serving the country in areas affected by violence. The plot of the novel revolves around the massacre that took place in April 2010 in Dantewada in which 76 members of the CRPF were martyred.

Westland Publishing House, in its statement, described “Lal Salaam” as the compelling story of “a struggle against overwhelming obstacles, and of men and women who battle those obstacles with courage, resourcefulness and resilience” .

Irani’s debut novel promises all the makings of a fast-paced thriller, the editors added.

“A novel that combines all the makings of a fast-paced thriller – pace, action, suspense, memorable characters and situations – ‘Lal Salaam’ is a page turner sure to hook the reader from start to finish. “,
PTI quoted Karthika VK, editor, Westland as saying.

The book, which tells the story of a young officer, Vikram Pratap Singh, and the challenges he faces against a system steeped in politics and corruption behind the scenes, is released today in the stands. For the MP for Amethi, history has been running through her head for some time now.

“The story has been going through my head for a few years now, until there came a point when I just couldn’t ignore the urge to put it on paper,” Irani said, quoted by

Irani hopes the book, which is set in a lesser-known part of India, will succeed in satisfying readers.

“I hope readers enjoy the pace and insight I have tried to bring to the story, which takes place in a lesser-reported part of India,” said the BJP chief executive and former actress in her next book, “she added.

Before the book hit newsstands, the former TV actress sent a few copies to her close friends. Anupam Kher was one of them. The actor was delighted to receive the copy and wished his dearest friend Irani every success on the new journey in his life.

The attack that took place on April 6, 2010 near the village of Chintalnar in Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh, was one of the deadliest attacks against Indian security forces.

The attack took place as more than 85 CRPF officers from the central paramilitary force and a local police group were conducting an area domination exercise in the Bastar tribal region of Chhattisgarh. The incident killed 76 CRPF police officers and 8 assailants.

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