Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2018 10:27:47


THE controversy raked by Congress on the Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France clearly speaks of the hollow political agenda of the party that is bereft of any sensible issue. By questioning the Rs 58,000 crore deal without knowing the facts is an act of intellectual bankruptcy and would not serve any purpose.

Both, India and France are bound by a confidentiality clause signed in 2008 that does not allow disclosing all the facts. Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi is aware of this fact and yet is adopting a cantankerous approach for kicking up a political storm. The assertions by Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force Mr. S B Deo and Deputy Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Mr. Raghunath Nambiar that the charges by the opposition do not match with facts should settle the issue once and for all.

That two air warriors impeccable integrity are countering the allegations need to be given full respect by political parties. Nation’s security is of paramount importance and Rafale’s capabilities will add teeth to the IAF. Such poor political slugfest should be avoided at any cost.



PRIME Minister Mr. Narendra Modi is right in his insistence that using simpler terms while speaking or writing Hindi would make the language more popular and acceptable to common  people. As he chaired a meeting of the Central Hindi Committee, the Prime Minister advised the Government officials to look for simpler terms so that the common people understand the correct meaning of Government’s communication on major issues. 

In fact, many stalwarts have often insisted upon using commonplace terms to make any language intelligible to all. Mr. Modi has made the same point once again, making it imperative for the officialdom to make special efforts in that direction. This may appear difficult to make a start, but systematic effort would yield positive result.

Men of the eminence and intellect of Swatantryaveer  Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar, Dr. Raghuveer, Mahatma Gandhi made special efforts to make Indian languages easier through simple terms. That effort needs to be continued with missionary zeal even now for larger interest.