22 January, 2021

Real Problem Begins When A Party Begins To Attack Idea Of India: Sam Pitroda

In an interview to Outlook, Sam Pitroda explains why he returned to India, what, in his opinion, led to the fall of the UPA in 2014 and why the BJP must be voted out.

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Real Problem Begins When A Party Begins To Attack Idea Of India: Sam Pitroda
outlookindia.com
2019-04-19T18:38:44+05:30

He worked closely with Rajiv Gandhi in the 1980s to usher in India’s telecom revolution and is now part of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s team of communication strategists for the polls. Lately though, 77-year-old Sam Pitroda’s comments on the Balakot air strikes have been lapped up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sway the poll rhetoric back to the BJP’s emotive election plank of nationalistic pride. In conversation with Puneet Nicholas Yadav, Pitroda, the US-based technology entrepreneur and Cong­ress’s transient political advisor, explains why he returned to India, what, in his opinion, led to the fall of the UPA in 2014 and why the BJP must be voted out. Excerpts:

You have been a frequent visitor in Indian politics. You were a key figure during the Rajiv Gandhi-era in the mid-1980s and then we rarely heard of you till the UPA came to power. Then again for a couple of...

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