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Narendra Modi’s dose on social harmony for Westerners

The Overseas Friends Of the BJP,a party body that looks after its foreign affairs,launched its Canada chapter Tuesday at Toronto

Written by Express News Service | Published: July 31, 2013 3:10 am

The Overseas Friends Of the BJP,a party body that looks after its foreign affairs,launched its Canada chapter Tuesday at Toronto. The new conveners were given a special gift. This was a book titled,Social Harmony,which interestingly has a collection of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s thoughts on the subject. This book’s original Gujarati version called Samajik Samrasta was launched in 2010 by Modi where his comment on Dalits raked up a controversy.

‘Call yourself Viewspaper’

Criticising the increasing quantum of opinion being published in newspapers,Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said he has been reading newspapers for the last 50 years and knew exactly which pages carried news and which were meant for opinions. “Now I am confused. While opinion comes on the front page,I find the news buried somewhere on the inside pages. Increasingly,the lines between opinion and news gathering is getting blurred,” he said,suggesting that newspapers should call themselves “views-paper” if they continue to obliterate the distinction between news and views. “The editor presumes that he alone can interpret news. This is an insult to the reader,” he added. Interestingly,Chidambaram was speaking at a function organised by a newspaper group in Ahmedabad on Monday.

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