New Delhi: After a couple of attempts at writing, Indian journalist Sagarika Ghose is ready to publish her next book: 2014: The Space Mission That Changed India. As the name suggests, this book is inspired by her husband Rajdeep Sardesai’s recent publication. The book is said to be about India’s recent successful Mars Orbiter Mission and how it affects the politics of India.
Mangalyaan is an Indian spacecraft orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. Although it has no effects whatsoever on Indian politics, Sagarika argues otherwise.
At a recent just-to-inform-that-I-am-writing-a-book press conference, Sagarika drew more light on her book. “There are a lot of questions that need to be answered.” says Sagarika, “Why is there no life on Mars after the 2002 riots? Why is Mr. Modi spending crores on cleaning Ganga instead of finding a river on Mars? Whay are there no mosques on Mars? “ Asked if this book is another unnecessary attempt to criticize Narendra Modi, Sagarika replied that as a private-channel journalist, it is her job to question Modi 24×7.
Talking more about her book, Sagarika says that the repercussions of the 2002 riots can be felt till the other planet. “No life has been found on Mars after 2002. Modi has to take responsibility of his actions. I am not saying that the BJP government in Gujarat killed innocent people. I am saying that the BJP government in Gujarat killed innocent people.”
Sagarika also talks about new secrets that her book has to offer. She says that the people are not aware about this but the Mangalyaan that reached Mars recently, carried Hindu activists in the prospects of founding Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Mangal Graha Shakha. Sagarika says “Mr. Modi had reached ISRO early morning, on the day Mangalyaan reached Mars, as he was concerned about the safety of those RSS activists. Kudos to the BJP government for sending them to Mars so stealthily.”
Reporters at the conference were confused by Sagarika’s claim about life on Mars. Reporter Vikas Choubey even pointed out that the Mangalyaan was launched on 5 November 2013 (under NDA regime). To this, Sagarika was visibly surprised and abruptly pretended that she was getting an important phone call and had to take that.
Back to the conference, Sagarika continued talking about her book. She mentioned that her book also presents several facts that will help people understand the planet better. “Did you know that there are zero mosques on Mars?” said Sagarika. To this, a reporter Ayaz Sheikh questioned Sagarika, “There is absolutely nothing on Mars. Mandir aur Masjid toh door ki baat hai. How is that a fact?” To this, Sagarika replied with a clever face “Mr. Sheikh, I’m sorry to tell you this, but you are a communal Internet Hindu.”
As the conference was heading to a wrap-up, Sagarika said that she has tried to paint a bigger picture of Mars. She added that it is a cause of serious concern that Mars is a red planet and not a green one.
“Why is Mars a communal planet? Read my book.” she said and concluded the conference.