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Dr. Kalam’s Welcome Candour!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
One may regret Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s political naiveté. One must applaud his intellectual honesty. In his new book about his years in Rashtrapati Bhawan, Turning Points: A Journey through Challenges, he has vindicated the solitary opinion expressed by this scribe in relation to two contentious events that occurred during his tenure.
Dr. Kalam has written that he did not refuse to make Mrs. Sonia Gandhi Prime Minister. She herself did not stake her claim. The Congress party is putting its own spin on Dr. Kalam’s version to reiterate the view that Mrs. Gandhi made a supreme sacrifice. But a careful reading Mr. Kalam’s writing suggests otherwise.
Dr. Kalam has not indicated what letters from which sources he had received and to which government agencies had he forwarded them.
Now read the above in conjunction with what I wrote on June 7, 2004:
On May 16, 1999, The Statesman carried a report by B. Raman, a retired high-ranking intelligence official attached to the cabinet secretariat. Raman recounted that when then PM Rajiv Gandhi tried to foist a training project by Italian intelligence for RAW officers, the idea had to be shelved. The Italian agent for the project was Walter Vinci, Sonia's brother-in-law, who was connected with Italian intelligence. RAW officers pointed out that Italy was a conduit for nuclear technology to Pakistan. The report was never contradicted. But the day after the Statesman report appeared, Sonia resigned as Congress president… Rashtrapati Bhawan denied that the President discussed Sonia's citizenship issue. But can one not be a security risk regardless of citizenship… Will Rashtrapati Bhawan tell us?”
Then again on June 13, 2005 I wrote:
So much for Mrs. Gandhi’s much touted sacrifice after heeding her inner voice. Unless we know what precise communications the President received urging him to debar Mrs. Gandhi from becoming Prime Minister and to which agencies he forwarded these letters, the reason of her being a security risk cannot be discounted.
The other event related to the Office of Profit Bill is an open and shut case. When the incident occurred I had pointed out that the President had violated his oath of office to preserve and protect the Constitution and law by signing a Bill which Parliament itself had acknowledged was defective. This is what Dr. Kalam has written related to that Bill:
There! Dr. Kalam admits he was deceived by the PM’s assurance and signed a Bill which both he and Parliament considered defective to make it a law. What he has omitted to mention is that the original existing Office of Profit Law would have unseated Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and around fifty MPs to remove the UPA government from office.
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