ARM’S LENGTH

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra

Modi didn’t show up for army chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat’s ‘At Home’, a tea party or­gan­ised at the lat­ter’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence on Army Day, Jan­uary 15. Ap­par­ently, it was be­cause he was host­ing his Is­raeli coun­ter­part, Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, at Hy­der­abad House, a short dis­tance away. Even de­fence min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man, who was in her of­fice in South Block, chose to skip the event where Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind was chief guest. With ear­lier no-shows at the air force chief’s At Home on Oc­to­ber 8 last year and the navy chief’s on Navy Day, De­cem­ber 4, PM Modi has com­pleted a hat-trick. The view from the ser­vices? The PM doesn’t be­lieve in play­ing favourites.

Il­lus­tra­tion by SIDDHANT JUMDE

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