PM Modi says Rajan is patriotic, loves India

“He [Rajan] is no less a patriot than any one of us. I know him and I appreciate his work. I know he loves India and wherever he goes he will keep working for India.”

GN Bureau | June 27, 2016


#Pakistan   #India   #Raghuram Rajan   #PM Modi   #Narendra Modi   #India NSG  
Prime minister Narendra Modi
Prime minister Narendra Modi

In what has come as too late a reaction from the highest echelons of government  on RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s decision to quit following open criticism by the BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, prime minister Narendra Modi has said “those seeking to create controversy around him were doing injustice to him.”

 
In an interview to Times Now news channel, Modi said he valued Rajan’s contribution and his work. “He [Rajan] is no less a patriot than any one of us. I know him and I appreciate his work. I know he loves India and wherever he goes he will keep working for India.”
 
Defending his Pakistan policy, Modi said that he believes “both talks and tough action by forces on border should continue.” He claimed that this approach had made the world have a better understanding of India’s stance against terrorism and also efforts to make peace with Pakistan. “This has made Pakistan look for words to tell the world about its policies on Kashmir and terrorism.”
 
Commenting on the recent attack by Laskhar-e-Taiba on CRPF in Srinagar, Modi said, the terrorists had suffered huge losses recently and they were desperate to retaliate and hence the attack in which 18 soldiers were killed. He claimed that forces on the borders have full authority to retaliate in ample measures.
 
On the issue of China not backing India on its entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group [NSG], Modi said that talks with China are going on. “Even when our views are contradicting we still got to make a lot of effort. China has been cooperating with India on many issues but basic differences remain.”
 
Taking repeated digs at the media, Modi said the hype created by media around his address to the US Congress was the main cause for his government’s criticism for failure to get entry into the NSG.
 
He also said that India media was often making a mistake of comparing India with Pakistan. “We are a 1.25 billion people nation and we should move on our own.” He said in the changing world, all countries were vying for coming together with India and that was country’s strength.
 
He further blamed media for giving space and thus glorifying the hotheads making communal remarks.
 
Modi said the fear of media’s nitpicking was keeping him away from lacing his speeches with humour. “I used to render speeches full of humour but now I am also conscious. You never know which line will be highlighted and hyped by the media and its meaning turned and twisted.” He was replying to a question on positive reaction to his speech to the US Congress for its humour content.
 
“The fear of media has taken away humour from public life,” he remarked.
 

Comments

 

Other News

The ‘not me’ syndrome

While reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the supreme court acknowledged the apology that Indian society owes to people with sexual minority identities. This acknowledgement has evoked deep validation amongst people who identify themselves as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. A

How railways plans to go green

With about 23 million passengers on an average day, the Indian Railways itself is the size of a small country. When India plans to significantly increase the share of renewable energy in its consumption pie, the railways too aims to meet at least 10-15 percent of its energy demand from renewable sources

Railway electrification: Easier said than done

Even as the railways minister Piyush Goyal lays thrust on the 100 percent electrification of entire rail network by 2022, the task cut out for the railways seems to be a strenuous one as it comes with multifarious challenges. Indian Railways has said that it would electrify 38,000 route kilo

A Triumfant meet

Prime minister Modi and president Putin’s meeting at the 19th Indo-Russian summit in New Delhi on October 5 has set a new pace for a ‘special and privileged strategic partnership’ between the two nations. This has come in the aftermath of the Modi-Putin informal meeting at Sochi on May

A space for faith

When the supreme court ruled that women of menstruating age cannot be prevented from going to the Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala, political parties in Kerala hailed it as a historic victory for gender equality. But now the streets of Kerala are full of men and women protesting against the court order and b

Migrants at a crossroads

For the past fortnight, Gujarat has witnessed an exodus of migrants from Hindi-speaking states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The migrants, mostly of the labouring classes, have been attacked by locals after a 14-month old girl was raped, allegedly by a Bihari whom the police have arrested. The rape survivo

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter