Image and Substance: Modi’s First Year in Office

It is indeed paradoxical that political strategy exercised by the same man, which led to BJP’s defeat in the 2004 Lok Sabha polls, played a key role in helping the same party return to power in 2014 with a massive mandate. The man was the same, Narendra Modi. But the strategy exercised by him and his team during their campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was totally different. With a focus on this, the author, a veteran journalist and commentator, probes into what can be viewed as a communication strategy during Modi’s first year in office as Prime Minister. The alacrity with which Modi has, throughout his political career, displayed his tendency to dominate media headlines stands out too markedly to be ignored. This has been an important tool of his communication strategy. This book elaborates on the degree to which Modi’s communication strategy can be viewed as a success in promoting his credentials as India’s premier.

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پسِ‌‌ پردہ گجرات Pasey pardah Gujarat (Urdu)

گودھرا ریلوے اسٹیشن کے حادثے کے بعد گجرات کے متعدد علاقوں میں بھڑکنے والے بھیانک فسادات گجرات اور ہندوستان کے چہرے پر بد نما داغ ہیں- ان بھیانک فسادات کا سبب پولیس کا ضوابط و قانون کے مطابق عمل نہ‌کرنا تھا- اس کتاب میں مصنف نے موقعے پر موجود ایک اعلی پولیس افسر کی حیثیت سے فسادات اور بعدمیں انھیں چھپانے اور مجرموں کو بچانے کی منظم سرکاری کوششوں کو طشت ازبام کیا ہے- فسادات کے دوران ان کی رپورٹیں اوربعد میں فسادات کی تحقیق کرنے والے کمیشن کے سامنے ان کےبیانات سیاست دانوں، پولیس اور بیوروکریسی کے گھناؤنےرول کا پردہ فاش کرتے ہیں- سپریم کورٹ کی تشکیل کردہ اسپیشل انوسٹی گیشن ٹیم ‌(ایس۔آئی۔ ٹی)کے کام کو انہوں نے قریب‌سے دیکھا اور اس رائے تک پہونچے کہ ایس۔آئی۔ ٹی نے مجرموں کو کیفر کردار تک پہونچانے کے بجائےان کےدفاعی وکیل کے طور پرکام کیا- گجرات کے فسادات اور بعد کے حالات کےعینی مشاہد مصنف نے یہ کتاب اپنے ضمیر کے بوجھ کو ہلکا کرنے کے لئے لکھی ہے ۔

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गुजरात — पर्दे के पीछे Gujarat – Pardey Ke Peechhey (Hindi)

गोधरा रेलवे स्टेशन की दुर्घटना के बाद गुजरात के अनेक इलाक़ों में भड़कने वाले भीषण दंगे गुजरात तथा भारत के चेहरे पर कलंक हैं । इन भीषण दंगों का कारण पुलिस द्वारा क़ानून-व्यवस्था का पालन न करना था । इस पुस्तक में लेखक ने घटनास्थल पर उपस्थित एक उच्च पुलिस अधिकारी की हैसियत से दंगों और बाद में उन्हें छिपाने तथा अपराधियों को बचाने की सुसंगठित सरकारी कोशिशों का पर्दाफ़ाश किया है । दंगों के दौरान उनकी रिपोर्टें और बाद में दंगों की जाँच करने वाले जाँच आयोग के सामने उनके बयान राजनेताओं, पुलिस तथा नौकरशाहों की घिनौनी भूमिका का पर्दाफ़ाश करते हैं । उच्चतम न्यायालय द्वारा गठित विशेष जाँच दल (एस.आई.टी.) के कार्य को उन्होंने निकट से देखा और इस निष्कर्ष तक पहुँचे कि एस.आई.टी. ने अपराधियों को उनके कुकृत्यों का दण्ड दिलाने के बजाय उनको बचाने वाले वकील के तौर पर काम किया । गुजरात के दंगे और बाद की परिस्थितियों के चश्मदीद गवाह ने यह पुस्तक अपनी अन्तरात्मा के बोझ को हल्का करने के लिए लिखी है । The anti-Sikh riots in 1984 and violence in Gujarat, after killing of 59 Ram Bhaktas in Godhra Railway Station, in 2002, and subsequent subversion of Criminal Justice System in Gujarat State, had inflicted infamy on the image of Indian State and its commitment to the Rule of Law. Unlike terrorist attacks and explosions, no communal riots can prolong unless the authorities avoid implementation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), to control and contain mass violence and normalize public order. High Voltage mass violence was reported from 11 of 30 police administrative units of Gujarat. Significantly, volume of crime was directly proportionate to the commitment of law enforcers in police and Executive Magistracy, to implement SOP, ignoring extra-legal pressures from unauthorized quarters. The book uncovers the author s experience as a senior police officer and citizen about background, course and aftermath of 2002 communal holocaust. The author provides substantial sound evidence on planners and perpetrators of violence. Basing on his situation assessment reports, the Central Election Commission, in August 2002, had refused to accept the State Assembly Election Schedule proposed by the State Government, after premature dissolution of the Assembly. Instances of complacency of the Judicial Commission by not probing deeply into inputs on the omissions and commissions of government officials and political bureaucracy are delineated. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the Supreme Court, had practically transformed into a team of defence lawyers of the planners, organizers and enablers of violence, by booking only foot soldiers of communal crimes, the author lamented. He throws light on the soul-less secularism of the Indian National Congress, betraying opportunistic communalism, by appeasement of minority and majority communalism simultaneously. How the government failed to practice Raj Dharma , both as per the ideals of Indian heritage and provisions of the Constitution of India is explained. The imperativeness of providing statutory frame-work to the concepts of command responsibility and accountability of supervisory cadre in the government, is projected as the vital lesson to be learnt for forestalling repetition of mass crimes in future.

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