A.B. Va­j­payee

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IN the eyes of the aam aadmi, A.B. Va­j­payee was not only a great politi­cian but a ver­sa­tile or­a­tor, a good poet, a gen­tle hu­man be­ing and, as ev­ery­one knows, loyal to the na­tion (“Be­yond the mask”, Septem­ber 14). In a tweet, former Home and Fi­nance Min­is­ter P. Chi­dambaram said: “While we know Va­j­payee had a lot of friends, what we don’t know is he had no en­e­mies.” Maybe he for­got Subra­ma­nian Swamy, who dis­liked Va­j­payee. As per Hindu cul­ture, when hun­dreds of trib­utes were pour­ing in for Va­j­payee, maybe it was felt that it was not a good mo­ment to men­tion the former Prime Min­is­ter’s faults—that the door to to­day’s po­lit­i­cal cli­mate of com­mu­nal­ism, hy­per­na­tion­al­ism and fear was opened by him when he in­di­rectly en­cour­aged the de­mo­li­tion of the Babri Masjid and with his dou­ble­s­peak af­ter the 2002 Gu­jarat pogrom.

Af­ter his death, many peo­ple said he was the best Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia. Then, why did he lose the 2004 elec­tion? BIDYUT KU­MAR CHAT­TER­JEE


AF­TER the un­in­ter­rupted, long rule of Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, his suc­ces­sor Em­mer­son Mnan­gawa has won a fiveyear term in Zim­babwe (“Mu­gabe’s man wins”, Septem­ber 14). The new Pres­i­dent

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