Current Affairs – April, 2014

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“Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths” – Book by former coal secretary P C Parakh released

Crusader or Conspirator Coalgate and other Truths“Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths” authored by former coal secretary P C Parakh released.

Controversy surrounding the book:

Parekh in his controversial book has alleged that the PM Manmohan Singh incapable to avert his own junior ministers from blocking a move towards a more transparent system of bidding for coal blocks. Parekh has also claimed that the coal scam could have been averted had PM Singh hard-pressed for reforms, including e-marketing and open auction of coal blocks, as recommended by Parekh to PM. The book details the corrupt practices under the UPA and NDA regime.

Excerpts from the book:

“After the Prime Minister approved open bidding in 2004, letters poured in opposing the move. A few Ministers of States tried to scuttle the proposal, but the Prime Minister remained silent on their repeated attempts to stall open bidding.”

“The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh” – Book by Sanjaya Baru, former Media Advisor to PM

The Accidental Prime Minister - Manmohan Singh“The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh” – a memoir by Indian policy analyst Sanjaya Baru released. Mr. Baru was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Media Advisor from May 2004 until August 2008.

Controversy surrounding the book:

The book proclaims that PM Singh had neither complete control over his cabinet nor the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The book instead alleges that a considerable power was possessed by the Congress Party’s President Sonia Gandhi, to whom PM Singh was entirely “subservient“. Thus, the book paints a incriminating portrait of a PM who was in office but “not in power”, while Congress President Sonia Gandhi called the shots.

Excerpts from the book:

There cannot be two centres of power, that creates confusion. I have to accept that the party president is the centre of power. The government is answerable to the party” – PM Singh to Sanjaya Baru.

Response from PMO on the book:

The PMO released a statement: “It is an attempt to misuse a privileged position and access to high office to gain credibility and to apparently exploit it for commercial gain. The commentary smacks of fiction and coloured views of a former adviser.

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