Two years after his 'neech aadmi' remark about the Prime Minister saw him being politically sidelined, senior Congress leader, Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, may have got his own back.
In an ‘I-told-you-so’ opinion piece he recently wrote,Mr. Aiyar gleefully points out Mr. Narendra Modi’s recent claims in interviews and election speeches that, as it turns out, drew criticism, even ridicule, from several quarters—including former defence officers.
The first instance Aiyar speaks about is the recent 'radar in the clouds' statement that the Prime Minister made in a recent TV interview.
This, the article said, was an 'insult' to the armed forces, because radar wasn’t a 'telescope whose vision can be clouded over'.
'Did Modi take his senior-most Air Force officers for fools that he could trot out such ridiculous unscientific rubbish before them? And were they so pusillanimous that they dared not correct such a vacuous Prime Minister,' he writes.
The other instance of 'insult' he referred to was when Mr. Modi said at a public meeting in Delhi that Rajiv Gandhi, a former prime minister, used INS Viraat on a private holiday—a claim since debunked by former armed forces officers.
Toward the end, Mr. Aiyar writes: 'Modi needs to be warned that he is guilty of anti-national activity in trying to ride on the sacrifices of our army and CRPF martyrs in a dirty election campaign; of defaming the Indian Air Force by portraying them as complaisant idiots in his scientific illiteracy; and the Indian Navy as being packed at its highest echelons with traitors who would acquiesce in unauthorised foreigners being allowed to board.'