Chidambaram rejects charge of humiliating officer, says didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday rejected a charge by an officer that he had insulted him.

New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2014 10:29 pm
Krishna, who reportedly felt insulted, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining about the alleged remarks of Chidambaram at the meeting. Krishna, who reportedly felt insulted, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining about the alleged remarks of Chidambaram at the meeting.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday rejected a charge by an officer that he had insulted him during a meeting and said he had not hurt anyone’s feelings.

“I don’t know what the controversy is about. He (Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna) was speaking in a mixture of Hindi and English, which I could not understand. I told him that he may speak in English or, if he was more comfortable, speak in Hindi and someone could help me understand,” he said in a statement.

Two newspapers reported the correct version of what happened during the meeting, he said, adding, “I have nothing more to add. There was no question of hurting anyone’s feelings.”

Krishna, who reportedly felt insulted, wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complaining about the alleged remarks of Chidambaram at the meeting, saying the “tone and tenor (of the minister) was expressly humiliating.”

The meeting had been called to discuss additional central assistance for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission projects that were sanctioned and were awaiting release of funds by the Finance Ministry.

Besides Krishna, the meeting was attended by the Expenditure Secretary and officers of the Finance Ministry and the Urban Development Ministry.

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    Thomas
    Feb 14, 2014 at 3:35 am
    It's a great shame that Mr. PC, who has been a cabinet minister for long doesn't know our national language and that he want someone to make him understand that. :-(
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      Thomas
      Feb 14, 2014 at 3:35 am
      It's a great shame that Mr. PC, who has been a cabinet minister for long doesn't know our national language and that he want someone to make him understand that. :-(
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        IndiTexan
        Feb 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm
        15 years as central minister and can't understand Hindi. Pathetic. No wonder the economy is doing so bad under this FM.
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          IndiTexan
          Feb 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm
          15 years as central minister and can't understand Hindi. Pathetic. No wonder the economy is doing so bad under this FM.
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            Dinesh Dinesh
            Feb 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
            PC is a lier. If he realy wanted nothing but his men to translate Hindi speech of the secretary, then his men could easily translate mixed (Hindi and English) speech also. Where was the need to tell the secretary to speak in Hindi. You lousy minister cannot even accept your mistake - what a dirty people in politics.
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              Dinesh Dinesh
              Feb 14, 2014 at 9:29 am
              PC is a lier. If he realy wanted nothing but his men to translate Hindi speech of the secretary, then his men could easily translate mixed (Hindi and English) speech also. Where was the need to tell the secretary to speak in Hindi. You lousy minister cannot even accept your mistake - what a dirty people in politics.
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                Pavi
                Feb 14, 2014 at 3:47 am
                "Chidambaram believes that when God was distributing intelligence, he was the first one in the queue", that's how Narendra Modi has described Chidambaram. Very very apt description. PC has no shame.
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                  Pavi
                  Feb 14, 2014 at 3:47 am
                  "Chidambaram believes that when God was distributing intelligence, he was the first one in the queue", that's how Narendra Modi has described Chidambaram. Very very apt description. PC has no shame.
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                    ramesh
                    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm
                    Many Times its a misinterpretation by the Media also. They sometimes make their own self interpretation on the basis of predictions and without any facts.
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                      ramesh
                      Feb 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm
                      Many Times its a misinterpretation by the Media also. They sometimes make their own self interpretation on the basis of predictions and without any facts.
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                        ROBY
                        Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40 am
                        secretaries are expected to speak in the language that is understandable to the ministers who hail from different parts o the country where different languages are spoken. The secretaries overt attempt to Hindi as the only national language o India smacks racism of a sort.
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                          ROBY
                          Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40 am
                          secretaries are expected to speak in the language that is understandable to the ministers who hail from different parts o the country where different languages are spoken. The secretaries overt attempt to Hindi as the only national language o India smacks racism of a sort.
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                            ROBY
                            Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40 am
                            secretaries are expected to speak in the language that is understandable to the ministers who hail from different parts o the country where different languages are spoken. The secretaries overt attempt to Hindi as the only national language o India smacks racism of a sort.
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                              Rajiv Shukla
                              Feb 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm
                              Yes, we all know Sometimes there's a fault of Media also to just make a Hype of a small issue and to take it limitless heights. But Blame only Media will not be fair. As Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in his comment: “I don’t know what the controversy is about. The language of the two persons can be also a fault of this controversy.
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                                Rajiv Shukla
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm
                                Yes, we all know Sometimes there's a fault of Media also to just make a Hype of a small issue and to take it limitless heights. But Blame only Media will not be fair. As Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in his comment: “I don’t know what the controversy is about. The language of the two persons can be also a fault of this controversy.
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                                  Sampat
                                  Feb 14, 2014 at 1:26 am
                                  Chidu has always got a chip on his shoulder with his clipped style of speaking and debunking everyone else. When he retires which is pretty soon he will have time to introspect.
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                                    Sampat
                                    Feb 14, 2014 at 1:26 am
                                    Chidu has always got a chip on his shoulder with his clipped style of speaking and debunking everyone else. When he retires which is pretty soon he will have time to introspect.
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                                      skman
                                      Feb 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
                                      is not Chidambram kown for his arrognce ?
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                                        skman
                                        Feb 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm
                                        is not Chidambram kown for his arrognce ?
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                                          Steven Boyd
                                          Feb 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm
                                          Hinglish is now a language in India a mixture of Hindustani and English and the Minister should learn this language spoken widely.
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                                            Steven Boyd
                                            Feb 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm
                                            Hinglish is now a language in India a mixture of Hindustani and English and the Minister should learn this language spoken widely.
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