A Book On Time
Many books have been written on Narendra Modi, the man of the moment to reckon with in Indian politics today, but Manippady’s book with 206 pages spread over 17 chapters stands out in character, content and form from others simply because the author, in a painstaking effort, has narrated every minute aspects of the origin of allegations against Modi, motive behind it, excruciating phase of investigations, lies and half-truths indulged in by so-called human right activists and last but not least the campaign of slander unleashed by the political forces inimical to BJP in general and Modi in particular.
The book is not only interesting but also gripping, given the fact that there is a logical flow of thoughts from one detail to another, without cacophony or a discordant note anywhere throughout the book. It is a matter of pleasant surprise as to how Manippady, a full-time politician, has managed to master the writing in so tight a manner and yet maintain the flow so as to make it enlightening.
It has been a meticulous exercise on the part of Manippady. Take for instance chapter 2 titled “The Diary—Facts Before You”. He has obtained information from the Chief Minister’s movement register from the VVIP wing of the Gujarat police in order to buttress the argument that Modi, indeed, was moving from one place of riot to another to quell it. A cursory look at the names of each of the 17 chapters indicates that the book is comprehensive in its reach and meticulous in its content. Some of the chapters that make the book a must-read include chapter 3 titled “Supreme Court appointed and Monitored Special Investigation Team report”, Justice Tewatia Commission report, Article by Nicole Elfi titled “Godhra, the True Story”, report of the commissions headed by Justice Nanavati and Justice Mehra, the untold story of the people saved during the riots and legal facts.
But what acts as a crowning glory to the entire book is the exposure of human right activist Teesta Setalvad’s hypocricy and double-standard, half-truths and white lies, changing stance as per convenience and not being consistent, undertaking the campaign of calumny and disinformation, which became a fodder for the cannon of the international forces inimical to India.
If exposing Teesta Setalvad was an important angle in the entire book, what has acted as the cutting edge to make Modi stand out as a tall leader with credibility and reputation for being a no-nonsense leader, is the effort to bring out the history of communal riots in India (chapter 8, pages 183 to 191). It is a keen acumen on the part of Manippady who has suffixed the title of the chapter (“Communal Riots in India”) with ignored facts. It is a slap on the face of all those who keep on complaining that it was only Gujarat under Modi which has seen the worst communal riots, thus ignoring the other riots, under Congress rule, even before Modi came on the political horizon of Gujarat.
Senior RSS pracharak N.Krishnappa has written about Manippady, which goes on to prove the importance sangh pariwar attaches to the author. That the foreword is written by Justice (Retd) M Rama Jois, a constitutional luminary and former Governor of Bihar and Jharkhand, is also a point to be noted about Manippady’s clout with eminent personalities. On a comprehensive overview, Manippady’s effort to put Narendra Modi in particular and BJP government in Gujarat in correct perspective has been largely successful. Every text needs a context for greater clarity. Manippady has brought in context in every step and phase, which brings in clarity in every text of the book.
By S A Hemantha Kumar