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Congress leader and former union minister, Shashi Tharoor, in his new book points out how implementation of some of the plans announced by the Prime Minister could be Modi government’s Achilles’ heel. Insisting he was quoted out of context from his session with Mihir Sharma at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, he quoted from ‘India Shastra’, his latest collection of essays. “There is a paradox at the heart of Mr Modi’s ascent to the Prime Ministership. His speeches and rhetoric appear to recognize and harness a vital shift in our national politics from a politics of identity to a politics of performance. Yet he has ridden to power at the helm of a party, the BJP, which is ill-suited to the challenge of delinking India’s polity from the incendiary issue of religious identity that it had built its base on,” he quoted from his essay and added, “I don’t know why I have been quoted only as saying that Modi’s speeches are a shift in politics; from the politics of identity to politics of performance, by a section of the media.”

Congress leader and former union minister, Shashi Tharoor, in his new book points out how implementation of some of the plans announced by the Prime Minister could be Modi government’s Achilles’ heel. Insisting he was quoted out of context from his session with Mihir Sharma at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, he quoted from ‘India Shastra’, his latest collection of essays. “There is a paradox at the heart of Mr Modi’s ascent to the Prime Ministership. His speeches and rhetoric appear to recognize and harness a vital shift in our national politics from a politics of identity to a politics of performance. Yet he has ridden to power at the helm of a party, the BJP, which is ill-suited to the challenge of delinking India’s polity from the incendiary issue of religious identity that it had built its base on,” he quoted from his essay and added, “I don’t know why I have been quoted only as saying that Modi’s speeches are a shift in politics; from the politics of identity to politics of performance, by a section of the media.”

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