- An Indian lawyer has filed a civil lawsuit against former President Barack Obama’s new memoir, The Promised Land.
- The lawyer claims that passages in the book, which discuss MP Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are “humiliating” and have hurt their supporters.
- In his memoirs, Obama said Gandhi “has a nervous, unformed quality about himself.” An Indian lawmaker described his comments as “unpleasant”.
- If the court does not file a complaint from an employee, the lawyer said he would fast in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi.
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A senior lawyer from Uttar Pradesh, India, has filed a civil lawsuit against former US President Barack Obama, claiming that Obama̵
Gyan Prakash Shukla, national president of the Rural Bar Association across India, has asked police to take what he says are “humiliating” passages in Promised Land for India Today.
In the book, Obama writes about Indian MP Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, a former Indian prime minister.
In one passage, Obama said Gandhi “has a nervous, unformed quality about himself.”
Shukla has asked police to open a First Information Report (FIR) or an initial indictment against Obama in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The case was heard on December 1 at the Lalganj Civil Court.
If the court does not agree to file a FIR, Shukla said he would fast in front of the US embassy in New Delhi.
Obama describes Indian leaders as “scrupulously honest” and “nervous”
In Promised Land, Obama writes that Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi may have chosen Manmohan Singh as the country’s 13th prime minister because “he poses no threat” to her son Rahul, “whom she was preparing to take over the Congress party. . “
“[Singh] owes his position to Sonia Gandhi, “he added.
Elsewhere in the book, Obama describes Singh as “wise, considerate, and scrupulously honest.” Singh has achieved a higher standard of living, lifted millions out of poverty and gained a positive reputation, Obama writes.
Obama said Rahul Gandhi “has a nervous, unformed quality in himself” – although he also said he was “smart and serious”.
He likened him to “a student who had done the term paper and was eager to impress the teacher, but deep down he lacked either the ability or the passion to master the subject.”
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Indian lawmaker Sanjay Raut described Obama’s comments on Rahul Gandhi as “unpleasant”, adding that “a foreign politician cannot give such opinions about Indian political leaders”.
Supporters of the two politicians were hurt by passages in the book, Shukla said. They may protest the book, released on November 17, he warned.
Promised Land is set to set a sales record for presidential memoirs.
The book, which describes the first two and a half years of his presidency, sold nearly 890,000 copies on its first day, setting a first-day sales record for Penguin Random House.