Shashi Tharoor writes to party explaining praise for Modi

Tharoor's letter comes against the backdrop of strong criticism from Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him "immature" and a "chameleon.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 6, 2014 6:31 pm
The Congress party itself had yesterday distanced itself from Tharoor's praise of Modi and said they were his personal views. The Congress party itself had yesterday distanced itself from Tharoor’s praise of Modi and said they were his personal views.

Under attack from within, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday wrote to the party explaining his controversial praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi making it clear that he stood committed to the organisation and the principles of secularism.

In a letter to Ajay Maken, Chairman of the AICC Communication Department, he has said “by praising him (Modi) for specific things, we help frame public expectation of his continued behaviour and raise the bar against which we will judge him in future”.

Tharoor’s letter comes against the backdrop of strong criticism from Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar calling him “immature” and a “chameleon.  He had said yesterday he  was “deeply disappointed” that an “intelligent” man like Tharoor should want to rush to judgement in this manner and come out with this effusive remarks.

Another senior leader Digvijay Singh on Friday advised Tharoor, who had written an article in an American news website in which he head said Modi was looking to turn himself from a “hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress”, not to jump to conclusions.

The Congress party itself had yesterday distanced itself from Tharoor’s praise of Modi and said they were his personal views.

Party sources today said that the party feels the matter should be put to rest now with Tharoor’s explanation.

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    Jun 7, 2014 at 12:21 am
    Mr Tharoor Don't waste your talent for next 10 years , your chances of survival in congress is very slim look for alternate path to use it
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      Arvind
      Jun 6, 2014 at 12:59 pm
      Tharoor is right. It is immature to criticise the right actions of the PM. There are ideological differences between the Congress a left wing party and BJP a right wing party. Those must remain. Correct administrative measures if taken by either party in the interest of better governance are in the interest of the people. The Congress would be immature to oppose the PM and the ruling party for the sake of opposing. It must become a credible opposition in its new role, which in a democracy is as important to protect the people against the excesses of the ruling party.
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        Critical_Thinker
        Jun 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm
        Manishankar is intellectually bankrupt bhadva. A simple minded ( or devious minded ) pimp for Nehru family.
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          Avinash Vairat
          Jun 14, 2014 at 9:21 am
          :fixmonthlypaid/?inv...
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            Damaru Prasad
            Jun 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm
            He thinks he is smart. Now we know his stint wth UN was misplaced. He is Kejriwal by other name and nature.
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              Harsh
              Jun 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm
              And yes, I do not know why Shashi Tharoor has to explain about his comment to Ajay Maken and heights .. Mani Shankar Aiyar ???
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                Harsh
                Jun 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm
                I feel for sensible Shashi Tharoor. I thought the congress was taking note of the change in the behavioral pattern of their opponent, and it was a good sign. But alas, it was only Shashi who was taking note and rightly so. We must not forget it is the same Shashi who has been personally jibed by the person he praised, yet he showed maturity.At least he has come out as a different congressmen. Congress needs such realistic people, otherwise the gap between the 2nd and 3rd largest party in lok sabha is just 7..
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                  Humane Voice
                  Jun 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm
                  Before admitting Shashi Tharoor in Congress and later making him minister (ignoring hundreds of other leaders who has spent entire generation and in some cases multi- generations loyally for Congress) the Congress leadership should have thought that Shashi Tharoor was not a carrier politician but career oriented person and being career oriented could switch sides or praise anyone who is winner or for that matter a success and never failures.Now Congress must know, the real skill of leadership is not in managing success and attract more but managing defeats and keeping own folk together while rebuilding for next battle.
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                    Jafo Jafo
                    Jun 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm
                    in the absence of man mohan singh , taroor is going to find himself increasingly isolated in the congress party which has no leaders with the intellectual capacity to appreciate the kind of ethos that taroor projects...... days to come taroor is going to find more areas that he can identify and co-operate with modi regime and it may not be far fetched to imagine modi trying to utilise taroors's skills in international diplomacy......congress deserves people like mani shankar aiyar or digvijay singh only
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                      bk
                      Jun 8, 2014 at 4:25 am
                      Mani Shankar Aiyer should now retire from public life. Looks like he has gone senile.
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                        Kangana Rawat
                        Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                        Before Narendra Modi and Miyan Nawaj Sharif do something for Adani, we must understand there are more Muslims in India then stan and I think if we would decide things on religion basis then you can imagine what they are actually focusing on.
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                          Kangana Rawat
                          Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                          India and stan are like brothers. But stan is not able to get control on its own problem and they are making it a point to create things tough for not only India also to the people who are suffering most.
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                            Kangana Rawat
                            Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                            India and stan relations are very crucial and the today’s fact, religion should not be the basis to form a country, what was done is done, but not anymore. Democracies all around are a good thing.
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                              Kangana Rawat
                              Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                              Kashmir was an independent state with its own Raja – like several other states. The question is we all (India, stan and the people of Kashmir) had agreed that there will be a referendum and people of Kashmir will decide.
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                                Kangana Rawat
                                Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                                Now BJP is in power and almost first fortnight over with Mr Narendra Modi as a PM of India. Congress should must muster courage to make BJP realize they were wrong. But this is also a fact that dog can bark the human can not do same thing.
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                                  Kangana Rawat
                                  Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                                  Referendum in Kashmir never happened, some of us Indians may not like that fact, but Government of India recognizes that, even BJP Government did not deny it once before. We have to handle through care and love.
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                                    Kangana Rawat
                                    Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                                    Sometimes lots of things lay in history people rather not want to know or ignore but the fact is that that time Raja Hari Singh was King of that region he wanted to dissolved his state with India unconditionally but Nehru send Mr. Abdulla to UN who made all these arrangements.
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                                      Kangana Rawat
                                      Jun 7, 2014 at 7:35 am
                                      That is not culture of congress. Only at present who are on Government they can speak lie, spread wrong message in society and even spread tension for want of vote. Let that party spoil the Indian tradition Congress is not for wrong thing.
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                                        KRA
                                        Jun 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm
                                        What a bunch of imbeciles! Wither Congress!
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                                          Pravin Shah P.Eng
                                          Jun 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm
                                          Mani Shankar Aiyer seems to forget that he is the one who prophesied that Modi will never become the PM during his ( Aiyer's ) lifetime. What is he (Aiyer) going to do about his life ? I think he is proving himself to be good candidate for an asylum. He is a bad example as Congress spokeperson.
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                                            Pradeep Reddy
                                            Jun 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm
                                            If anything, Mani Shankar Aiyar (with his Modi-chaiwallah remark) and Doggy Singh (raping AP and permanently wiping 30-35 MP seats) caused the most IRREPARABLE damage to the congress party - Shashi's comments will help the party/Tharoor gain credibility in the public for welcoming what is welcome. These demented old guard for the‪#‎FakehiDynasty‬ should disappear respectfully, while they can, before being dishonourably discharged further (they were already in the election).
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