Congress and Communist parties instigated some apex court judges to openly criticise the then Chief Justice of India, claims a new book about Prime Minister Narendra Modi as it seeks to knock down the so-called "ruckus" about intolerance, stating that a majority of those in the forefront of the intolerance protest were "Congress retainers and Left-oriented darbaris (courtiers)".
Clearly a hagiography about the Prime Minister, the book, 'Narendra Modi: Creative Disruptor - the Maker of New India' by political analyst R. Balashankar, says that Modi as Chief Minister of Gujarat was convinced that only he could bring about a "tectonic shift in the polity" and a great opportunity would be lost if he was not chosen as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate.
As expected from a former national convenor of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a self-confessed follower of safron politics, Balashankar says that Modi has chance of creating history and establishing India as an economic superpower of the 21st century if he wins the 2019 Lok Sabha election and his policy initiatives deliver the projected benefits.
"Non-NDA parties, particularly the Congress and Communists, have been creating such a ruckus about intolerance under the Narendra Modi government. They even targeted the Supreme Court and wanted to move an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India, which was unprecedented. They could not succeed because they did not have the numbers in Parliament," he says.
The author, without any evidence, says the Congress and the Communists "instigated some apex court judges to openly criticise the Chief Justice of India and these four judges held a press conference to make their differences public, which again was a first in the apex court's history", says the book.
Four Supreme Court judges - Justice Jasti Chelameswar (since retired), Justice Rajan Gogoi (now Chief Justice of India), Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph (since retired) - had held a press conference on January 12 this year in which they aired their grievances over the roster system and allocation of cases in the apex court.
The book says that if one were to recollect the incidents over which the intolerance debate occurred, it would be "laughable" because none of these were happening in India for the first time, nor the last.
"Murders of writers, the so-called progressive thinkers, robberies in churches, killing of a man from the minority community and burning of the hut of a Dalit-these and much worse have happened during six decades of Congress rule.
"With regular frequency Hindu-Muslim riots have happened all over the country, with the majority community taking the brunt of the attack. People have been butchered worse than cattle and yet none had spoken up. If one were to go into the details of each of these incidents, it would be clear that stray, concocted events were joined together to create a mirage, whose only purpose was to tarnish the image of the Modi government," says the book.
No criticism of Modi can be found in the book, which seeks to imbue the Prime Minister with abilities and powers that are extraordinary. There is no word on how over one thousand Muslims could have died in communal attacks in 2002 -- while Modi was the Chief Minister.
"He (Modi) was convinced that he only can bring about the tectonic shift. He was fully aware of his immense popularity and he knew India was waiting for him. Had the Sangh Parivar not decided, he expressed the fear that a great opportunity may be lost," he said.
Balashankar says Modi was neither a dodger nor prevaricator. "I once asked him as to what is the secret of his success. His reply was eloquent: Mein swayam ko mitane ki kshamta rakhta hun. (I possess the capacity to even destroy myself in pursuit of my aim)," says Balashankar.
The book has been published by Konark Publishers.
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