‘The Telegraph’ shows that the time may have come to put Narendra Modi to a ‘truth-detector’ test

Fast running out of rhetoric, Narendra Modi has said “urban Maoists live in AC rooms in cities, look clean, build their stature by rubbing shoulders with sensible people; their children study abroad; they move around in good cars; but they sit there and through a remote system, they work to destroy the lives of tribal children”.

Phiroze L. Vincent of The Telegraph newspaper has done what any journalist of any newspaper or news TV channel should do: check out this pathetic claim which has a prime ministerial seal.

He takes up the latest “urban Maoists” to be picked up and reveals the wide chasm between the PM’s lip and the truth cup which is, well, wider than the Sardar Patel statue kept horizontally.

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Sudha Bharadwaj, 57, was born in the US. She renounced her American citizenship and attained Indian citizenship at 19. Her daughter Mayshaa, 21, grew up in a miners’ slum in Dalli Rajhara (in Chhattisgarh), and later at Durg’s Jamul labour camp in a mud hut. She studied in a government Hindi-medium school. She is now pursuing a degree through a correspondence course and lives in a flat in Faridabad, near Delhi. 

Shoma Sen, 60, a member of an affluent family in Mumbai’s Bandra, joined a far-Left student group, in the 1970s. She moved to Nagpur where she organised Dalit women against domestic violence. Her daughter Koel Sen, 31, is a filmmaker who studied at the Film and Television Institute of India. In 2016, she went to Paris on a scholarship to study documentary cinema.

Vara Vara Rao, 78, was a professor of Telugu at Warangal’s Chanda Kanthaiah Memorial Arts and Science College. His three daughters studied in the Telugu-medium section of Fatima Girls High School, run by a Christian charity, and later at Warangal’s Kakatiya University. One daughter dropped out of college at 19 as her father’s job was in jeopardy because of court cases. Another does not even have a passport.

Vernon Gonsalves, 61, quit Siemens to teach and work in slums and with trade unions. His son Sagar, 21, studied economics at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and now works with the Kaivalya Education Foundation, a Gandhian NGO working with primary schools in rural Rajasthan. The family’s assets are a single-bedroom flat in Mumbai and a two-wheeler.

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