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india Updated: Jul 29, 2013 00:16 IST

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There was no call to politicise Amartya Sen’s Bharat Ratna
With reference to the report, Will return Bharat Ratna if Vajpayee asks me, says Sen (July 26), BJP MP and reputed journalist Chandan Mitra’s remarks that the next NDA government should strip Nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna for saying that he didn’t want Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to be the next prime minister are in bad taste. Though he has expressed regrets over his remarks, a person of Mitra’s stature should not have politicised the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award. He must realise that Sen’s political opinion has no bearing on the contributions he has made to the field of economics.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, via email

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It is quite clear that Sen doesn’t want Modi as prime minister. However, one would like to ask the eminent economist, on what basis did he say that Rahul Gandhi who has no proven record and has not spoken much about his economic or social policies might be a suitable alternative. Given the situation, one can only conclude that his diatribe against Modi is motivated with the need to push his book sales because any comment on Modi ensures publicity.
Hari Parmeshwar, via email

Politics is still caste in stone
This refers to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Not secularism, stupid (Beyond the bite, July 26). Though we would like to beli-eve that it is the economy that will be the deciding force in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, politics in India has been long drawn along caste lines and no political party is completely secular. However, at least the BJP doesn’t employ double standards. It has declared that Ram mandir is an election issue.
Ashok Goswami, via email

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