Mumbai: Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, on Monday, launched his book, Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India at the National Centre for Performing Arts, amongst prominent personalities.
History repeats; it also instructs. History familiarises; it also warns. These words find resonance in his book Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India, which helps readers understand what has happened to India in 2018, rather than what has happened in India. “Like every free citizen, thinker and liberal, I deeply and strongly feel about the developments of the Modi era. It has been the most challenging and adventurous as an Opposition politician,” Chidambaram pointed out.
Carrying on undaunted by the power of the State, he writes boldly on a plethora of subjects — the interference of the central government in institutions, the complete derailment of an economy that was previously cruising at a growth rate of 7.5 per cent and the polarisation of an ancient civilisation that threatens its very survival. He also casts a sharp eye on the sweeping changes in the political battleground and the significant setbacks suffered by the government in the foreign policy arena.
Undaunted serves as a contemporary record of the most important events that affected the country—for better or worse—in the year gone by. Speaking at the launch of his book Undaunted: Saving the Idea of India at Mumbai on Monday Chidambaram even pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to take political advantage of the ‘Pulwama’ terror attack and its consequences.
“When he says we are questioning Indian Army, who is questioning Army, Congress President was the first to tweet “I salute IAF”. We are not questioning Indian military forces. Prime Minister is politicising Pulwama and its consequences. He is trying to take political advantage,” Chidambaram said.