Dear Dr. Arun Shourie:
Namaste. A few days back you came down hard on Modi government. You made an uncharitable remark that “The Modi government believes that managing economy means “managing the headlines” and that people have started recalling the days of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.” I didn’t like it but you are an expert on the subject and I am not, so I swallowed it. You further said, “The way to characterize policies of the government is – Congress plus a cow. Policies are the same.” http://m.timesofindia.com/india/This-government-is-Congress-plus-a-cow-Arun-Shourie-says/articleshow/49544316.cms?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=TOI
That was a cheap pot shot and insulting to Hindu sensitivities. Yet, I let it ride thinking that even the best of the people lose balance sometimes in anger and say things that they later regret.
People have surmised that you are frustrated because you were not given a ministerial position in the new government, not even a place in the Niti Ayog. I didn’t agree with that assessment. I didn’t think you were that petty and hunkering after name and fame.
Having known your contribution to BJP and your scholarly and philosophical mind, having read your books, I have held you in high regards for decades, so I did not want to label you as another Modi hater just because of that one interview.
Then came another of your interviews with NDTV. It opened my eyes and changed my perception. I want to pick only a few points from that interview and tell you that Mr. Shourie, you are wrong.
(1) “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deliberately maintaining silence on incidents like Dadri lynching while his ministerial and party colleagues kept the issue alive merely to win Bihar elections.”. Maybe he is and that is a prudent way; if you had the good of the country at the heart and didn’t want Congress or its proxy to rear its head again, you would have kept quiet too. And why should he comment? Just because it was a Muslim death? Why did you not mention that he should make a statement also on the murder of Prashant Poojary, a Hindu by Muslims? So you are also falling in media trap of labeling Modiji as a PM of Hindus only.
(2) You cited a Pakistani analyst to say that “while the neighboring country was trying to get out of the pit, India was slowly going down its way.” So now, to you suddenly an analyst from Pakistan carries more weight? And is Pakistan really trying to come out of the pit? It doesn’t look like looking at what they are doing in Kashmir.
(3) You have said “the writers, authors and artists were conscience-keepers of the country and their motives cannot be questioned.” Ha, ha, ha! So where was their conscience in 1984 Sikh genocide, in 1989 when Pundits in Kashmir were massacred, in 2002 when 58 Hindus were burnt alive at Godhra in a railway coach when Professor Joseph’s hands were cut by the Jehadis in Kerala? So these guys’ motives cannot be questioned but Modi’s can be?
(4) ” Praising scientists like P M Bhargava and Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy, who have expressed concern over these incidents, you questioned how these people can be called rabid, a term used by Arun Jaitley.” One only needs to do a Google search on Bhargava to see where his ideological loyalties lie. Bhargava has been supporting AAP from the very beginning and has leftist, pro-Naxal leanings. He is not a neutral, ‘oh, so ever gentle soul.’ Mr. Murthy is a Ford Foundation Trustee. Do we need to know more?
(5) ” These people have contributed immensely to the country and those who attacked them have not read a book in the last 20 years. Those who cannot write two paragraphs are sitting in judgement over writers.” This is so absurd an argument that it takes the cake. If we were sitting in judgement of their literary work, the argument would make sense; here we are judging their action of Award Vapasi and political motive behind it, which doesn’t require literary skills but common sense.
Your strident support of politically motivated writers and artists’ return of awards makes it crystal clear that in the last innings of your life, you have thrown away your wicket. You are so enamored with your righteousness that you have lost all sense of proportion. Up until now, I thought that Advaniji was the only icon whom I had held in high esteem and who had failed BJP and the nation at the crucial juncture. Now I know that he is in good (!) company.
I am one of 1.25 billion Bharatiyas. Though I happen to reside away from Bharat, my heart beats for Bharat. I blog, twit and use Facebook. I am not a scholar; I have not written incisive books; I have not been a minister; I have not been a darling of think tanks and conclaves; I am not a speaker; hey, I am not even a member of BJP. Yet, I dare say that Shourie Ji you have lost it. All your lifelong contributions have come to a naught because you have decided to become a tool in the hands of Adharma, i.e., in the hands of anti-Modi, anti-Hindu, and to an extent, anti-Bharat media. It is no different than Bhishma or Dronacharya deciding to side with the Kauravas.
Finally, I can write “more than two paragraphs” and I have read 50 or so book in last twenty years.
May you find peace within.
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
Edison, New Jersey, USA
(facebook: <vicharak1>, twitter: @vicharak1)
Please publish the following in your esteemed daily:
JASWANT FIT FOR NIMHANS
A pick-pocket if he is caught, is thrashed in such a way that sometimes, he dies of injuries.And he is hand-cuffed and jailed. The amount involved may be small. But still crime is a crime.
Raja and Kanimozhi and co. had looted India – depriving the poor and the downtrodden of many essential things in life. Instead of coming down heavily on corruption and corrupt practices, Jaswant wants the judiciary to be soft on Kanimozhi and Raja. I think, there is some quid pro quo. In fact, neither Jaswant nor the BJP is taking anything seriously.
They, along with cogress buried the Bofors. They along with congress ignored the massacre and ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir. In fact,Subramanian Swamy and a couple of newspapers – like TNIE, Pioneer,Deccan chronicle. etc, keep the issue alive for logical conclusion.
Advani,Sushma,Gadkari and the supreme court Lawyer, Jaitley – all are behaving like clowns. They have never fought a single issue to the logical end.
Inspite of huge scams, congress is running the government as if nothing has happened.
Why? Because, the BJP as opposition is useless. Now people begin to wonder whether BJP may be having skeletons in their cupboards – hence, the quid pro quo. If this situation continues, BJP may be decimated in the next elections.
Jaswant is a shame on BJP and BJP is a shame on India.
42-4 canal road
New Delhi/Lucknow, June 5 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday launched a scathing attack on the government for cracking down on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike, blaming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for the violence and injuries to people.
From Nitin Gadkari to L.K. Advani to Narendra Modi, party leaders across the country condemned the action against Ramdev in Delhi – he was evicted from Ramlila ground early Sunday and forcibly sent to Hardwar – and said the BJP would go on a nationwide ‘satyagraha’.
‘The crackdown came on the orders of the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi. We strongly condemn it… The prime minister (Manmohan Singh) and Sonia Gandhi must apologise to the people,’ the BJP president told reporters in Lucknow.
Ramdev’s hunger strike against corruption and black money stashed abroad ended abruptly just after Saturday midnight as hundreds of policemen swooped down on the Ramlila ground, removing him and dispersing thousands of his restive supporters with tear gas and batons.
As police asked the protesters to clear the area, some of Ramdev supporters armed themselves with iron rods and fire extinguishers while some threw stones at police.
The BJP called the government offensive a shameful chapter in Indian democracy.
The party plans to stage a 24-hour satyagraha from 7 p.m. Sunday at Rajghat with top leaders like Advani, Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and others staging a protest, he said.
Opposition leader in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj also held Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi responsible for the police action.
‘The decision was taken by them at the behest of (Home Minister P.) Chidambaram and (Telecom Minister Kapil) Sibal,’ she said.
Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitely said it was a ‘shameful chapter in Indian democracy. Everyone has the right to protest peacefully.’
Advani went farther.
The former deputy prime minister comapred the event to the Emergency rule of Indira Gandhi in 1975-77 when democratic rights were stifled.
‘They owe an apology not only to Baba Ramdev but to the whole country for having allowed their police behave as they did last evening.’
In Ahmedabad, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the ‘nation will not forgive this’ and called it a ‘black day’.
‘Prime Minister Manmohansinghji, the nation is not ready to believe now that you are not involved in this. These atrocities are going on under your rule. Police is under Manmohan Singh government in Delhi, not under Sheila Dikshit. This atrocity has been done by Delhi Sultanate,’ he said.