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The PM’s silence is sending out the wrong signals

With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Low on high command (Beyond The Bite, August 20), it is unbecoming of Prime Minister Manhoman Singh to keep quiet on issues like the Commonwealth Games fiasco, the hunger problem and inflation. Singh’s indecisiveness is giving the Opposition a chance to mock at the UPA’s failure to govern the nation.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2010 23:42 IST

The PM’s silence is sending out the wrong signals to people

With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Low on high command (Beyond The Bite, August 20), it is unbecoming of Prime Minister Manhoman Singh to keep quiet on issues like the Commonwealth Games fiasco, the hunger problem and inflation. Singh’s indecisiveness is giving the Opposition a chance to mock at the UPA’s failure to govern the nation.

Sapan Garg, Noida

Casting degrees of doubt

This refers to the report Doubts rose from Prez office (August 25). This is to clarify that the President’s Office has not asked for any clarification whatsoever at any stage from the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry or from any other source on the chess champion Viswanathan Anand with regard to a proposal from the University of Hyderabad for awarding a degree to him. The news story is not based on facts and is incorrect. It is based on assumption and misleads the readers.

Archana Datta, OSD (PR) to the President

Our correspondent replies

The report was carried only after three senior government officials in two separate agencies concerned independently confirmed its contents. One of them is from the President’s secretariat itself. The report did not state that the President’s Office has asked for a clarification from the HRD ministry or any other source. Your objection doesn’t deny that doubts over Anand’s citizenship were conveyed to the HRD ministry, which the report states. They were conveyed by a joint secretary in the President’s Office to an officer in the HRD ministry’s department of higher education when the ministry sent the first list of nominees for honorary doctorates to the President’s Office. This list included Anand’s name. The intent of the report was not to apportion blame but merely to answer from where — and how — doubts over Anand’s citizenship originated.