Former Union minister Arun Shourie launched a no-holds-barred attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, describing his government as “a one man government”.
Shourie, who was in the Cabinet in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government, said Modi had the qualities of the dark triad – a concept in psychology that focuses on three personality traits: narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy.
A friend-turned-critic of Modi, Shourie explained “narcissism” as both “self-love to an exaggerated extent and insecurity” and compared PM to “Casanova” who, he explained, “has to reassure himself every night he can still conquer”.
Shourie said Modi’s second quality was “Machiavellianism”, which means he “exploits events to his benefit”. Shourie told Karan Thapar on the India Today television channel: “His attitude to people is to use and throw them. He treats them like paper napkins”. The former minister said the third quality of the dark triad, as exhibited by Modi, is “remorselessness” which, he said, “means never saying sorry for what happens as a consequence of what you do”.
Comparing Modi’s two years as Prime Minister “as a boxing match with everybody”, Shourie said Modi “hasn’t had the focus “we expected of him” and this was “a great opportunity completely missed”.
Shourie complained that Modi “is getting input from very few people and they are, additionally, the people he’s chosen”.
Critical of Modi’s foreign policy, particularly with regard to China and Pakistan, and the way he had dealt with allegation of corruption in BJP-ruled states, Shourie said there was a clear line of logic or theme that linked love jihad, beef bans, the return of awards, the campaign against anti-nationalism, the focus on ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and student protests.
“This was deliberately orchestrated by the government,” he said, adding that the intention was to create “confrontation and polarisation”. He accused Modi of deliberately dividing India and called it a policy of “divide and rule”.
He criticised the Modi government for deliberately refusing to appeal against the acquittal by the trial court of AgustaWestland officials and said when the Italian appeals court judge accused the Indian government of unhelpfulness, he was specifically referring to the Modi government.