Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s daughter Daman Singh feels that the essays of writer-activist Arundhati Roy who has been attacking the Government’s Maoist and other policies are an ‘eye-opener’.
“I follow all her writings in popular magazines. She is a powerful writer and her writings are an eye-opener. She has a unique and powerful way of presenting things,” Daman Singh told newsmen on the sidelines of the Kovalam literary festival here.
When asked whether she agreed with Roy’s views on Maoism and her fierce attack on the government, Daman said, “I agree with some of them and disagree with others.”
Author of the novel “Nine by Nine”, 46-year-old Daman Singh was in the capital to present her second work “ Sacred Grove”. She said her next work would be a “personal biography” of her parents in which she will present various aspects of their life. Of course, she can’t be critical of them either.
Daman said she had full faith in what her father was doing and was confident that he was leading the country in the right direction. She admitted that the PM’s job put a huge physical and mental strain on him. “We are all concerned about his health. But I am sure that he will step down when he feels he can no longer do well,” she said.
Daman Singh engaged Chinese writer Lijia Zhang in a conversation on the latter’s book “Socialism is Great’’ at the festival on Saturday. Among those attending the two-day festival are South African writer Zubeida Jaffer, Pakistani writer Mohammed Haneef, Basharat Peer, Deborah Baker Ghosh, Mridula Koshy, Sarnath Banerjee and Manu Joseph.