Submitted by WBRi on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 23:23.
By Nirendra Dev
Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an
acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The
Statesman, New Delhi and author of the books Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra
was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with
paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.
We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.Nirendra is also a fiction writer; his short stories published on Washington Bangla Radio Online Magazine include ‘The Pawns’, ‘Arms of Comfort’, ‘The Guiding Sun, Soothing Moon’ , ‘Patrons of a Letter Box’ and ‘An Anniversary Night’.
Out of many facets, this one aspect of the beleaguered Gujarat chief
minister Narendra Modi is also worth debating. One would fail in the
duty if this vital facet of Narendra Modi’s personal story is not
highlighted. It is his love for the razor-sharp new technology, the
Information Technologies. Years back when Modi was first sworn in as the
Gujarat chief minister on October 11, 2001 replacing an embattled party
old-war horse Keshubhai Patel, there was a small piece of story ran by
PTI wire service. It spoke about Modi’s swearing in being live covered
by his personal website. The IT knowledge of Indians was not yet to the
mark as it is now. I was temporarily stationed at PTI’s Chandigarh
office for a short while. In fact, the moment the news story about
website reached our desk at Chandigarh there was a modest debate on the
merits of such a news report. Little wonder, Modi had kept himself
low-profile but his incisive knowledge and more importantly the use of
IT revolution was perhaps second to none. In later years too, this
interest only sustained. It would not be out of place to mention that
the ‘computer-mediated communication’ or the internet has a profound
impact on his life and career and he too has tried to make use of it ---
both as a tool to promote one’s personal image and also as a key system
for governance. I often tell friends that had not the train inferno
taken place, the little known township of Godhra had the potential of
making news in IT revolution, a point I had highlighted rather
eloquently in my first book, ‘Godhra – A Journey to Mayhem’.