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Narendra Modi is right in likening the Congress to termites

With reference to the Quote-Misquote (March 9) on Narendra Modi’s comment on the Congress, if the Gujarat chief minister called the Congress “termites”, let’s not forget that Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar also called him a “snake” and a “scorpion”.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2013 23:06 IST

Narendra Modi is right in likening the Congress to termites

With reference to the Quote-Misquote (March 9) on Narendra Modi’s comment on the Congress, if the Gujarat chief minister called the Congress “termites”, let’s not forget that Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar also called him a “snake” and a “scorpion”. While both comments show that our politicians (no matter which party they represent) have absolutely no ethics and can stoop to any level to target their opponents, the media did not seem to be too bothered by Aiyar’s comment. However, I must say that I find Modi’s choice of words apt: like termites, the Congress is destroying the country from within.

GK Arora, Delhi

There’s something fishy here

With reference to the editorial An undiplomatic sleight of hand (Our Take, March 13), why did the Indian government and the Supreme Court allow the Italian marines to leave? No other country in the world would allow anyone accused of murder to leave the country to cast vote. It seems that the authorities in India don’t think that the death of two fishermen is important at all. Thanks to our attitude, even our neighbours have started taking us for granted. I think there was some underhand dealing in the Italian mariners case between the Italian government and some top leaders here in India.

Onkar Nath Saxena, Noida


The deaths of the two sailors was accidental, the marines thought they were pirates. We should not have been trying them for murder in the first place. One can sympathise with the families of the fishermen, but the State cannot give in to emotive factors and prosecute foreign nationals on that basis. To their credit, the Italians were cooperating for quite a while, and we did not budge despite a number of visits by Italian ministers and diplomats to request the release of the marines. There is no point blaming the Italians. We had this coming.

NP, via email