Two decades ago, a prediction was made about Narendra Modi and Rahul in secret US documents. Did it turn out to be true?

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks website, who hacked and leaked confidential documents of governments around the world, was released from a British prison a few days ago. He had leaked many confidential documents of the world's most powerful country, America. This also includes confidential diplomatic documents sent to the US government in 2006 and 2007 regarding Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Let us know what America thought about Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi at that time? The confidential diplomatic documents sent to the US government in 2006 and 2007 contained predictions about the political future of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. First of all, on November 2, 2006, the US Consulate in Mumbai sent a confidential document to the US government. This cable discussed the rise of Narendra Modi and his possible role in national politics. This confidential document revealed how Gandhi had made controversial statements about Pakistan, the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the politics of Uttar Pradesh in Congress rallies during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. These confidential documents give early indications about the political life of Modi and Rahul Gandhi. This incident gives us an idea of ​​how Indian politics was closely monitored at the international level even in those times.

These secret diplomatic documents were leaked by WikiLeaks in the year 2010. Which revealed what the diplomats thought about the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Julian Assange created WikiLeaks to leak secret documents. In which he leaked many secret information. Let us tell you that Julian Assange revealed the spying programs and secret deals by the US government. Those revelations made by Julian Assange also included secret documents sent to America on Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi.

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What was written for Narendra Modi in that secret document?

The confidential diplomatic cable about Modi, then Gujarat Chief Minister, was sent on November 2, 2006 by Consul General Michael S Owen, head of the US Consulate in Mumbai. The secret document said Modi has successfully branded himself as a non-corrupt, effective administrator, an honest, law-and-order politician who looks after the interests of the Hindu majority. Modi was being discussed as a leader who can handle the difficult tasks of administration but there were some concerns. The secret document said some BJP leaders believe or hope that by the time voters learn to appreciate Modi's other strengths, they will forget or forgive his role. There are varying opinions in Gujarat on whether Modi can overcome his negative baggage to play a national role. The cable was optimistic about Modi. Though opinions about him were polarised due to the 2002 Godhra riots, he was being praised for his economic reforms but there were some concerns. Another document leaked by WikiLeaks discusses the US Consul General's first meeting with Modi, which took place after his US visa was cancelled in 2005.

Narendra Modi praised in secret documents

Modi spoke about his meeting with the US Consul General in 2010 after the cables were made public by WikiLeaks. He told reporters how he looked the US diplomat in the eye and answered all his questions. He also said that he showed the mirror to the US about its human rights violations. Modi also appreciated that the confidential cable described him as corruption-free. Congress leaders also praised Modi after the secret documents were made public. A Gujarat Congress leader said that it is unlikely that their party will make any breakthrough in the state. “Rajkot Congress party leader Manohar Singh Jadeja said that Modi's achievements are undeniable and admitted that the Congress will not be able to make any significant headway against the BJP in Gujarat in the near future. Jadeja said that Modi is extremely popular and even Muslims are now supporting him to some extent because he is seen as a person who is completely honest and who can do good work.

Information about Rahul Gandhi was also sent to America

The documents leaked by Julian Assange also contained information about Rahul Gandhi. In fact, in a secret document sent on April 23, 2007, American political consultant Ted Osius had given information about the controversial statements made by Rahul during the campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. That secret document said that during the road show organized to speed up the Congress campaign in the ongoing elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Rahul has made controversial statements about Pakistan, the demolition of Babri Masjid and the politics of UP. On which Congress insiders complain that he is a novice who does not have the qualities required to become the Prime Minister. Other shortcomings of Rahul Gandhi have also been discussed in that cable and it has been told how he did not take advice in preparing his speeches for political rallies.

The secret document further states that on April 15, Rahul had said in an election rally in Uttar Pradesh that I belong to a family that never backed down, who never backed down from their word. You know that when a member of my family decides to do something, he does it. Be it the freedom struggle, the partition of Pakistan or taking India into the 21st century. After which Rahul Gandhi was criticized a lot and his lack of understanding on historical issues was seen. If these secret documents are seen from the prism of today's politics, it is known that Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of the country for the third time. In such a situation, American diplomats correctly predicted the rise of Modi but failed to predict the rise of Rahul.

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