Coming as it does in the wake of the charged up assembly elections, Arun Shourie’s arrival in the city to deliver a talk on governance today is generating interest not just among the intellectual elite but also those ranged on either side of the political divide. The former Telecom Minister has emerged as one of the most vocal supporters of BJP’s man of the moment, and the message is largely expected to be a NaMo flavoured antidote to the fiscal migraine Shourie attributes directly to Manmohan Singh’s ineffectiveness in lifting the gloom.
“In a word, we need Modi,” has become his battle cry. What’s interesting though is that the function is being held under the aegis of the Observer Research Foundation, a Reliance-sponsored public policy think tank. While the former Indian Express Editor has had more downs than ups in his relationship with the Ambanis, he’d caused a stir when he alleged foul play when he was replaced as BJP’s lead speaker during a Budget debate in 2009 - he had claimed the reason could his opposition to a proposal that “may have benefited” Mukesh Ambani. Whether or not interpretations of a pragmatic realignment are valid, clearly much water has flowed since then.