Former BJP minister and a veteran journalist, Arun Shourie, on Saturday slammed Narendra Modi for calling him psychologically insecure leader, who promoted sycophancy and loved to work with weak people around him.
Speaking at an event organised by Rajasthan Patrika in Jaipur, Shourie said that while it had become fashionable to denounce Nehru, he was a ‘psychologically secure’ leader who worked with strong personalities in the cabinet.
Without mentioning Modi, he said, “A leader must be a psychologically secure man. If he feels threatened by excellence or expertise, then he will never be able to get a good team.”
Shourie also criticised the just-retired Delhi police commissioner for allegedly compromising the dignity of the post by working as a government representative.
He asked, “”Students were arrested on the basis of a doctored video. Is he a police commissioner or a government representative?”
He also expressed his fears on civil rights being threatened by the current Modi government adding that he feared ‘in few years government will try and withdraw all instruments of citizens’ rights including the RTI.’
Shourie said that the elections in future may be fought by polarising the communities along the religious lines.
He asked people to make note of Modi government’s key policy announcements.
“Warna Amit Shah (BJP President) keh denge won to jumla tha,” he said.
He also took a dig at Modi government by asking how many of his cabinet colleagues had read a book in the last 10 years.
He asked, “How many in the government, and am not just talking about the Narendra Modi government, have read a book in the past 10 years?”
He also warned media about its duty saying that its role was not to entertain adding that the constant shouting in the studio was now prompting viewers to switch off their TV sets.
He said that not criticising the government when it did wrong was tantamount to letting down the country.