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Modi-Nitish clash of egos

One gets the impression that two seasoned politicians, Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Nitish Kumar, are behaving in a churlish manner, which is not in keeping with the dignity of the office they hold (news report, “Nitish returns Gujarat’s Kosi relief donation”, June 20). While it was unbecoming of Mr Modi to boast of the help rendered to Bihar in times of calamity, it was equally incorrect on Mr Nitish’s part to refund this money.

Such actions are not in keeping with our ancient culture and ethos. The money in question does not belong to either Mr Modi or Mr Nitish. It is the people’s money meant for the people of another area who were in distress. This is nothing more than a clash of egos of two highly-strung individuals who happen to occupy the chief ministerial chair in their respective states. Some may see it as an election stunt to mollify one or the other community but the moot point is: who suffers in the process? It is the people, who at the end of the day pay a very heavy price for keeping the over-bloated egos of their political masters intact and well massaged. 

Dr M K BAJAJ, Zirakpur


I hold the Bihar Chief Minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, in high esteem but am completely dismayed by his display of selective secularism. His likes or dislikes for a particular person are his private affair but being a mass leader and the constitutional head of a government, his arbitrary show of disrespect to the people of a state is deplorable.

His reasons for returning the Gujarat’s Kosi relief donation are absolutely untenable. If he is upset with Mr Modi for his alleged role in the Gujarat riots then he should have displayed equal displeasure with the Congress for its alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. So before returning the Gujarat money, he should have returned every penny given by the Centre because the Congress heads it.

The best course for Mr Nitish Kumar is that he should accept his mistake and tender an apology to the people of Gujarat. This will enhance his image as a statesman.

Dr TIRATH GARG, Ferozepur

Sensitive issue

It seems that the writer has not properly reviewed the situation. (Iqbal Bhupinder Singh’s middle “My Name is Iqbal and I am not a terrorist”, June 16). Sikhs might be involved in the Air India bombing in 1985 and a wrong action taken by a few might have raised eyebrows against the entire community. But instead of feeling remorseful, have we ever asked — why were so many Sikhs killed in the 1984 Delhi riots in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination?

The 1985 Air India bombing victims were definitely innocent. But were the mass killing of Sikhs in the Delhi riots justified? Were the Sikhs killed in the 1984 riots not innocent? I am strongly of the opinion that such sensitive issues should be left untouched.



The Union Home Minister referred to the arrested person as a prime suspect in Pune’s German Bakery blast case (editorial, “Bail for a terror suspect”, June 18). He did not use the word “mastermind”. There is a vast distinction between a suspect and a mastermind.

ONKAR KEDIA, Additional DG (Media and Communication), Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi


The Spectrum story “Single Chance” (June 20) erroneously mentioned the name of Chester Bowles whereas the reference was to Camilla Parker Bowles. The error is regretted. 

Special package for HP

The Tribune interview by Editor-in-Chief Raj Chengappa with Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal (June 18) was interesting. In Shimla, the increasing population and the decreasing productivity of apple, the main cash crop of the state, due to aged orchards are issues that need immediate attention of the government.

Indeed, the state has increased its hydroelectric potential and some projects are still in the process. The shortage of water is a major problem. Moreover, the state government has to strictly enforce the ban on the cutting of trees to maintain the ecological balance. The Centre must give special packages to the hill state to maintain the natural beauty of its tourist spots.




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