‘Modi after Sardar Patel’, Congress MP Tharoor said this in praise of PM

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has once again praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tharoor says Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s national appeal and being of Gujarati origin are in the interest of Narendra Modi and the message of ‘Modi after Patel’ is liked by many Gujaratis. Congress MP Tharoor believes Modi shrewdly made domestic political calculations that draping himself under the guise of iconic Gujaratis Mahatma Gandhi and Patel would add to his aura. Tharoor made these comments in his new book ‘Pride, Prejudice and Punditry: The Essential Shashi Tharoor’.

Tharoor made this claim

Shashi Tharoor has said, ‘The process had already started, lest we forget, when, before the 2014 elections, the then Chief Minister Modi tried to lay claim to the legacy of one of India’s most respected founders, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Tharoor has claimed, “In his quest to show himself in a lineage more specific than that of his party, Modi collected a huge, nearly 600-foot piece of iron from farmers across India in his state.” Called to donate iron for the construction of the statue, which will be the tallest statue in the world and will surpass the ‘Statue of Liberty’.

‘Sangha’s attempt to build character’

According to Tharoor, Modi intends to show himself as being equipped with excellent qualities. He wrote, “As his image was tarnished by the communal carnage in Gujarat in 2002 when he was chief minister, showing himself with Patel is an attempt by the Sangh to build character. It is to portray Modi as the embodiment of a tough, decisive action taker like Patel himself.” Tharoor says it helps the idea that Patel is widely recognized for his extraordinary role in building India. Received praise from him who recognized him as the Iron Man.”

‘Modi after Patel’

Tharoor wrote in his book, “Patel represents both a national appeal and a Gujarati origin, which is favourable to Modi. ‘Modi after Patel’ – this message has resonated well with many Gujaratis. There are also many of India’s urban middle classes, who see Modi as a strong leader to overcome indecision. In an essay on the legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru, Tharoor referred to the emotional and poetic tribute paid in Parliament by Atal Bihari Vajpayee to India’s first prime minister. In the book published by Aleph, Tharoor also mentions some of the most important figures in modern Indian history, international relations and diplomacy.


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