Unusual book launch

IN Media Watch Briefs | 25/07/2018

The launch of Karan Thapar's book Devil's Advocate on July 25 became  a rather unusual event in today's Delhi.  The current PM was discussed in unflattering terms at some length, BJP politicians  were conspicuously absent except for L K Advani and Sudheendra Kulkarni, and jokes about hugging became the flavour of the evening. Rahul Gandhi who was the guest of honour narrated a lengthy anecdote about fighting without hating, and former PM Manmohan Singh, to use the Indian cliche, graced the occasion.                

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