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Man and his verse

The English translation of the collection of Narendra Modi’s poems that hit the stands Sunday gives a glimpse of his mind on a range of subjects from renunciation to Hinduism, love, honeybee, and Kargil, among others.

The English translation of the collection of Narendra Modi’s poems that hit the stands Sunday gives a glimpse of his mind on a range of subjects from renunciation to Hinduism, love, honeybee, and Kargil, among others. “My faith is not at the expense of another’s; it adds to the comfort of my fellow man,” writes Modi in one of the poems. In another, he says, “No one is the enemy: we are all friends, this is our character.” In yet another, he says, “There is a deep, evil trench; hatred of man, for man made it; I want to become a bridge; I come bearing the purpose of love”. What is apparently metaphysics may seem politics to his political rivals!

OUTSIDE INFLUENCE

As his book, The Accidental Prime Minister, gets both bouquets and brickbats in this poll season, Sanjaya Baru, former media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, says he was inspired by former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates whose book ‘Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War’ was released in January this year. Gates, who was Defence Secretary in both George Bush and Barack Obama administrations, has written an account of his term, in a bid to clear up controversies during his stint.

SLIPPING ON DOW

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Congress candidate from Amritsar and former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh recently targeted BJP candidate Arun Jaitley for appearing against the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy. Amarinder charged Jaitley saying that he had appeared for Dow Jones. Singh apparently confused Dow Jones with Dow Chemicals, which had acquired Union Carbide that owned the Bhopal gas plant.

DAMAGE CONTROL

LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan went into damage control mode soon after reports surfaced that their national youth president Sanjay Saraf had allegedly carried Narendra Modi’s message to J&K separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Paswan spoke to Saraf who was said to have denied carrying any such message. Nevertheless, LJP leaders have chosen to distance themselves from Saraf saying that it was his own initiative and that the party did not have anything to do with it.

First published on: 22-04-2014 at 03:02 IST
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