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Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's assurance to the people of the state that he would serve them till 2017 was made to look like as an attempt to downplay his prime ministerial aspirations.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2013 23:49 IST
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Modi is finding it difficult to hide his prime ministerial ambitions
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's assurance to the people of the state that he would serve them till 2017 was made to look like as an attempt to downplay his prime ministerial aspirations (Modi says he'll serve people of Gujarat till 2017, September 6).

But this seems to be more a tactical move to mount pressure on the BJP, which is still divided about naming Modi as the party's PM candidate. If Modi doesn't have higher ambitions, why did he, on the eve of the Independence Day, say that the nation would be comparing his speech with that of the prime minister?

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, via email

The Lok Sabha must address apprehensions on the judicial bill
With reference to the report RS nod to new judges ' appointment system (September 6), the government, as demanded by the Opposition, should have sent a consolidated Judicial Appointments Commission Bill incorporating all aspects of appointments in the higher judiciary to a parliamentary standing committee for wider consultation before it was passed.

Moreover, there's no provision to either prevent judges from taking post-retirement jobs or introduce a cooling off period of at least two years before they can take up government assignments. One hopes that the Lok Sabha will address these apprehensions before it becomes law.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal, via email

It's high time separatists stopped holding music hostage
With reference to the report Concert heartfelt tribute to Kashmiris, says Steiner (September 6), it is appalling that the separatists have opposed a musical concert by internationally-acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta in Srinagar.

Their argument that the concert is a conspiracy to send the world the message that the situation is normal in the state makes little sense. If the separatists feel that they are the voice of the Kashmiris then they must contest elections and prove their representative credentials.

SP Sharma, via email