Foremr Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of failing the electorate and eroding voters’ faith by maintaining silence on incidents of communal violence, lynching and cow vigilantism in the country. “He (Modi) has spoken of being a prime minister for all Indians but the government he presides over has mostly been silent in the face of widespread communal violence, mob lynching and cow vigilantism,” Singh maintained.
Speaking at the release of a book ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister: Narendra Modi and His India’ written by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, last evening in New Delhi, he strongly criticised his successor Narendra Modi for vitiating the environment in national institutions like the CBI and the country’s universities.
“At the same time, academic freedoms are being sought to be curbed. The environment in our universities and national institutions like the CBI is being vitiated and dissent stifled,” Singh added. He said Modi did not represent the secular, plural, free and equal society that India’s founding fathers had envisioned.
Singh said that Narendra Modi is a ‘paradoxical prime minister’ and Tharoor has demonstrated this through his superbly written and devastatingly accurate book. Coming to the economic issues, Singh asserted that nothing concrete has been done to bring back billions of dollars allegedly stashed abroad as black money.