Too much centralisation of power in PMO due to insecurity of 'top boss': Arun Shourie

'I fear this will get worse because Modi realises he has not been able to, and won't be able to, deliver on his promise of development. So they will only work harder to do what they do best: divide people and then conquer,' Shourie said. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 27, 2017, 07.50 AM (IST)

Former union minister and journalist Arun Shourie has said there is "too much centralisation of power in the Prime Minister’s Office due to the insecurity of the “top boss'," news reports said.

Shourie added that in his 40 years of viewing politics in Inda, he had never come across an "exaggeration of falsehoods" of the kind happening at present, stating that Modi is a very "astute politician".

Shourie was speaking on Sunday at the Times Lit Fest in Delhi, where he said: "A person who is psychologically secure, he will not be nervous of any situation. And a person who is psychologically insecure will never allow others who have a base of expertise to come near (him).' 

"I fear this will get worse because Modi realises he has not been able to, and won't be able to, deliver on his promise of development. So they will only work harder to do what they do best: divide people and then conquer," Shourie added.

Shourie further urged the people to not only look at what a person or leader has been doing in the past but to examine their work “minutely”.

He also expressed his concern over the rise of communal incidents in India, saying that it was dangerous when groups indulging in violence "marry the state".