New Delhi: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor is never one to shy from creating a furore with his use of rare words or analogies. Just when dust was settling down over the controversy caused by his comparing PM Modi with a scorpion, Tharoor has now said that it was only because of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru that a ‘chaiwala’ was the PM today. (Also read: Tharoor Sends Legal Notice to Ravi Shankar Prasad For Calling Him ‘Accused in Murder’)Also Read - Shashi Tharoor Runs For Congress President Election, 1st To Officially Enter Contest
At an event in the national capital, the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram was elaborating on the contribution of Nehru and how it couldn’t be undermined. He said that the former prime minister created such institutional structures which enabled any Indian to aspire to reach the highest office. Also Read - 'Jaage Ho, TV Dekh Rahe Ho?’ When PM Modi's Midnight Call Surprised Foreign Minister Jaishankar
“If today we have a ‘chaiwala’ as the Prime Minister, it’s because Nehru ji made it possible to create the institutional structures through which any Indian can aspire to rise to the highest office in the land,” he said at the relaunch of his book, Nehru: The Invention of India. Also Read - 'Matter Of Profound Concern': India at UNSC Strongly Calls For Immediate Cessation Of All Hostilities In Ukraine
Alluding to the alleged anti-Nehru campaigns on social media platforms, the Congress MP said that an “astonishing amount of lies” were there on the internet. “We’ve seen a consorted campaign of vilification, of calumny, an astonishing amount of lies that are out there on the internet…Why is there this desire to undermine such a great son of India (Jawaharlal Nehru), somebody who laid the foundations for what we have created?” he said.
“If today the government can boast about Mangalyaan, who created ISRO? Who decided that even poor India could dare to aim for the skies? Who created the IITs that sent so many bright young men to Silicon Valley where 40% of the start-ups are helmed by Indians?”
Speaking on the occasion, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi said that “precious legacy of Nehru is being undermined daily by those who rule us today”. She said, “They express disdain for Nehru for all that he did to build India that they are bent upon changing for worse.”