The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor

— Bharat S Tiwari 

How does he manages his time to write?”, a friend commented on my Facebook live of Dr Shashi Tharoor’s new book ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’. The question is valid. Even I have been wondering how Dr Shashi Tharoor has written; earlier this year in January I saw him at Jaipur Literature Festival, with his book ‘An Era of Darkness’; come February and I was reading ‘Why I am a Hindu’; and on 26th October at Nehru Memorial I was buying his latest book ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’; which was to be launched in a few minutes. Am not saying that Tharoor has written three books in a year but yes I do want to say: In a span of 11 months I have read, out of these three books, two and third I am starting. For most of us, three books in a year is the number of books read, while, for the author Shashi Tharoor it is the number of books he can easily write.

For most of us, three books in a year is the number of books read, while, for the author Shashi Tharoor it is the number of books he can easily write.
For most of us, three books in a year is the number of books read, while, for the author Shashi Tharoor it is the number of books he can easily write.

Shashi Tharoor would never fail his fans
Shashi Tharoor would never fail his fans

Dr Shashi Tharoor’s popularity among people, especially the youth, is amazing; I waited (though I got some lovely shots of him) for not less than an hour and a half to get my copy signed. I wanted to get it done when he was through with his fans, whom he’d never fail, accepting cloves that I’d give a sore-throated Tharoor.

There was a long but patient queue of his readers to get their copies signed
There was a long but patient queue of his readers to get their copies signed
Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Arun Shourie, Pavan K Varma, and Ashutosh
Inauguration of ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’ from left P Chidambaram, Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr Shashi Tharoor, Arun Shourie, Pavan K Varma, and Ashutosh
Former PM Manmohan Singh, confirming the launched book’s title, said, Modi is a paradoxical Prime Minister.
Former PM Manmohan Singh, confirming the launched book’s title, said, “Modi is a paradoxical Prime Minister.”


Modi had come to power on the back of many lofty promises, but failed the electorate and eroded the voters’ faith in his words and promises
Modi had come to power on the back of many “lofty promises”, but “failed the electorate and eroded the voters’ faith in his words and promises
Khair aaiye ab zara political ho jaayen because the evening of 26th October, at Nehru Memorial Museum & Library had for the inauguration of ‘The Paradoxical Prime Minister’ former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Arun Shourie, former bureaucrat Pavan K Varma, former AAP spokesman Ashutosh, and Congress party leader P Chidambaram and senior journalist Bhupendra Chaubey as the moderator.

A new government has to reinvent a Federal Bureau of Investigation or a Central Bureau of Investigation. This cannot be repaired. This cannot be put together again. —P. Chidambaram
A new government has to reinvent a Federal Bureau of Investigation or a Central Bureau of Investigation. This cannot be repaired. This cannot be put together again. — P. Chidambaram 
In the well-attended book launch, Shashi apologetically had to smile and tell the audience (standing, as the hall was full) that for his next book release he’ll go for a bigger auditorium. The evening started with the author’s words on why this book and the paradox that he sees in PM Modi’s promises and actions.  “Modi became Prime Minister on the back of a "full-fledged" marketing campaign but that he won't stay popular for long…You can be an outstanding salesperson, but people who are buying your package keep realising that the package is empty. How long will they keep buying the same package?” he asked.

the well-attended book launch
the well-attended book launch
Former PM Manmohan Singh, confirming the launched book’s title, said, “Modi is a paradoxical Prime Minister.” Mr Singh, who was looking most gracious was at his strongest with words, leaving me to wonder what is it that is making him so vocal today, not forgetting, the day’s event: the CBI drama, is there something that the Ex-PM cannot tell us but is very worried of? And his words... are they true, “Modi had come to power on the back of many “lofty promises”, but “failed the electorate and eroded the voters’ faith in his words and promises”.



The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram said institutions like the CBI were being destroyed to such an extent that these would have to be reinvented and rebuilt, as it would not be possible to put them together again. He said, “A new government has to reinvent a Federal Bureau of Investigation or a Central Bureau of Investigation. This cannot be repaired. This cannot be put together again. You can say the same thing about the Central Information Commission. You can say the same thing about the Central Election Commission.

Hindustan is not anyone’s hereditary property, blood of all sort of people is mixed in the soil of the land
Hindustan is not anyone’s hereditary property, blood of all sort of people is mixed in the soil of the land
Pavan Verma was not happy with the ways of opposition and said – in between quoting Ghalib – “Can we have an opposition which goes beyond photo ops,” and went on to question, “If everything about Modi is wrong, and we are six months away from an election. Why does he continue to enjoy personal popularity ratings which are so high? Why can’t they put up somebody who can look Modi in the eye?” But eventually towards the end quoting Rahat Indori, he said, “Sabhi ka khoon hai shaamil yahan ki mitti me / Kisi ke baap ka hindustan thodi hai (Hindustan is not anyone’s hereditary property, blood of all sort of people is mixed in the soil of the land)".

BJP ke zaroor bure din aa gaye hain
BJP ke zaroor bure din aa gaye hain
Arun Shourie, who was at his best, pulled Varma, asking him to give the list of all the work that he thinks are good and that are done by Modi. But his best came in Hindi when he said, “we may not have seen Arun Shourie “acche din” yet, but “BJP ke zaroor bure din aa gaye hain.

Bhupendra Chaubey let’s not be like a TV anchor
let’s not be like a TV anchor
Bhupendra Chaubey, the moderator of the panel discussion, a TV journalist, cracked a joke on his profession when at some point the discussion was going a bit haywire, without naming Arnab Goswami he said: “let’s not be like a TV anchor”.



Ex AAP leader Ashutosh highlighting RSS said, “It is not the man who is communal but the ideology which is communal. That ideology has been preparing to convert India into a Hindu nation for the last 90 years and that project is going on. Modi is the puppet of that ideology which has been thrust upon this country," Someone whispered to me, what’s wrong with Ashutosh, the Paradoxical PM is ‘Neem chadha Karela’?

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The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor


The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
The Paradoxical Prime Minister‬ — by an Always in Accord Author Shashi Tharoor
Bharat S Tiwari 
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