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Citing ‘inaccuracies’ in book, Manmohan skips its launch

February 09, 2019 04:53 AM


Citing ‘inaccuracies’ in book, Manmohan skips its launch

New Delhi:

Veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar’s latest book release turned into another battleground for Congress and BJP with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipping the launch citing inaccuracies in Nayar’s reportage of his tenure in office as PM, and Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri claiming Congress was defining “democracy in narrowly local and parochial terms as emanating only from one family”.

Singh referred to a chapter in Nayar’s book, ‘On Leaders and Icons from Jinnah to Modi’, dealing with his tenure as PM, in which Nayar claimed government files were sent to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s house.

“This statement is not true and Kuldeep did not check with me about its truth. In this background I would find it embarrassing to attend the book release function on February 8, 2019. I hope you will be kind enough to forgive me for this lapse,” Singh said in his letter, read out on Friday by Nayar’s son and Supreme Court advocate, Rajeev Nayar.

Defending Singh’s decision to skip the launch, Congress MP Kapil Sibal asserted that while Nayar belonged to an era of journalism that did not exist anymore, it was not necessary to be taken in by everything that journalists said

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