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World Barack Obama humiliated Indian politicians in his new memoir 'A Promised Land,' a senior lawyer claimed in a new civil suit

19:35  20 november  2020
19:35  20 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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A senior lawyer from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has filed a petition before a court seeking a formal complaint against Barak Obama for “insulting” the country’s politicians in his book A Promised Land . The lawyer , Gyan Prakash Shukla, filed the civil suit on Thursday, demanding police open up

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  • An Indian lawyer has filed a civil suit about former President Barack Obama's new memoir "A Promised Land."
  • The lawyer claims that passages in the book that discuss member of parliament Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are "humiliating," and have hurt their supporters.
  • In the memoir, Obama said that Gandhi "has a nervous, unformed quality about him." An Indian MP described his comments as "distasteful."
  • If the court doesn't lodge an official complain, the lawyer said he will fast outside the US embassy in New Delhi.
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A senior lawyer from Uttar Pradesh, India, has filed a civil suit against former US President Barack Obama, claiming Obama's new memoir insulted Indian politicians.

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Gyan Prakash Shukla, national president of the All India Rural Bar Association, demanded police take action for what he claims are "humiliating" passages in "A Promised Land," per India Today.

In the book, Obama wrote about Indian member of parliament Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, a former Indian prime minister.

In one of the passages, Obama said Gandhi "has a nervous, unformed quality about him."

Shukla demanded that police open up a First Information Report (FIR), or initial charge seat, against Obama, in a suit filed Thursday. The case has been granted a hearing on 1 December in Lalganj Civil Court.

If the court doesn't agree to lodge an FIR, Shukla said he will fast outside the US embassy in New Delhi.

Obama described Indian leaders as "scrupulously honest" and "nervous"

In "A Promised Land," Obama wrote that Congress President Sonia Gandhi may have picked Manmohan Singh as the country's 13th prime minister because "he posed no threat" to her son, Rahul, "whom she was grooming to take over the Congress Party."

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"[Singh] owed his position to Sonia Gandhi," he added.

Elsewhere in the book, Obama described Singh as "wise, thoughtful, and scrupulously honest." Singh had brought about higher living standards, lifted millions of people out of poverty, and earned a positive reputation, Obama wrote.

Obama said that Rahul Gandhi "has a nervous, unformed quality about him" — though also said he was "smart and earnest."

He likened him to "a student who'd done the coursework and was eager to impress the teacher but deep down lacked either the aptitude or the passion to master the subject."

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Indian MP Sanjay Raut described Obama's comments about Rahul Gandhi as "distasteful," adding that "a foreign politician cannot give such opinions on Indian political leaders."

Supporters of the two politicians were hurt by passages in the book, Shukla said. They may protest against the book, which was released on November 17, he warned.

"A Promised Land" is on track to set sales record for a presidential memoir.

The book, which details the first two-and-a-half years of his presidency, sold nearly 890,000 copies in its first day, setting a first-day sales record for publisher Penguin Random House.

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