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Chandan Mitra 'regrets' saying Amartya Sen should be stripped of Bharat Ratna

New Delhi, Jul 26 (Agencies) : BJP MP and newspaper editor Chandan Mitra has said that he "regretted" saying that economist Amartya Sen should be stripped of his Bharat Ratna for criticising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

"I think I may have exaggerated. I do regret the part about taking away of Bharat Ratna from Dr Sen, I oversaid it," he told a news channel on Friday.

The Rajya Sabha member's statement comes after a day after Sen said he as ready to return the country's highest civilian award if former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked him to do so.

"Mr Chandan Mitra may not know that the Bharat Ratna was given to me by the BJP-led government and was handed to me by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. If Mr Vajpayee wants me to return it, I will certainly return it," Sen had told another news channel.

The BJP too had distanced itself away from Mitra's remarks.

Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman had tweeted: "Bharat Ratna debate - unfortunate. BJP is not a part of it. Views expressed by member/s can only be construed as their personal opinion".

After Sen told a channel that "as an Indian citizen I don't want Modi as my PM. He has not done enough to make minorities feel safe", Mitra tweeted: "Amartya Sen says he doesn't want Modi to be India's PM: Is Sen he even a voter in India? Next NDA Govt must strip him of Bharat Ratna."

Comment on this article

  • Vincy, Bangkok

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Amartya Sen has rightly said whatever he felt being such a great knowledgeable person.
    Every day there were strange things happening for BJP in Karnataka and for the climax they had no roof left over their heads. Now another election is coming very close and BJP has extra ordinary happenings every day.
    One of the important leader of BJP is in USA is begging for a entry visa for Modi, followed by this some groups sent letters to Obama not to give visa to Modi. Almost every Motel and hotel in USA is owned by Patel and Gujju bhai of Gujarat who are USA citizens. They want a ‘dandia’ party in October in USA with Modi as the chief guest but they have no knowledge what happened back home in 2002.
    They send sponsor letters to Gujju bhai’s and every letters is honored with visa except one rejected that is of Modi. I think Modi should not apply for USA visa rather he should ask USA people to come and meet him in Ahmadabad.
    At present due to Rajanath Singh requesting USA authorities to consider Modi visa issue is really a humiliation for 1.2 billion people of India.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    This is an insulting statement from the important leader of the opposition agaist the world famous personality Mr.Amartya Sen.Who has given him the authority to suggest stripping of Bharat Ratna award and I doubt his party might have permited him to pass this comments though now disowns.He has to apologise the nation as well as Mr.Sen for this grave crime.Hope the party do the needful because it claims as noble party.Thanq.

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  • A.M Shaikh, Dubai, Belapu, Kaup

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    CHANDAN MITRA SANDAL WOOD FRIEND = VEERAPPAN

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  • Joseph F. Gonslaves, Bannur, Puttur / Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    WHAT THIS BIG MOUTH CAN TELL MORE THAN THAT?!

    BY HOOK OR BY CROOK GRAB POWER AT THE COST OF CREATING CHAOS IN THE COUNTRY.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Dinesh Poojary....These kind of intellectual topics does not suit your kind of mud sliding comments in support of your political party! It is best to know your limitations!! Carry on with your regular BJP song which suits you best! Malla vishaya ered avand!!

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  • simple, mysore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Modi modi modi......hahaha just check
    the comments below...it means there is something different in him from all the rest of the world

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    @simple,mysore

    HITLER,HITLER,HITLER.....HA HA HA

    JUST GO AND CHECK THE COMMENTS ABOUT HIM ABOVE,BELOW,LEFT,RIGHT AND ALL OVER THE WORLD. IT MEANS THERE WAS SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN HIM TOO FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD !

    WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT DIFFERENCE WAS WITH HITLER AND NOW TOO WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IS.

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  • Praveen, udupi

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Educated or Uneducated BJP walas have the same character.

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  • Future India (Defense Group), Mangalore India

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Down to Congi. Forget about Amartya sen Today Diggy Digs a sexy grave calls Rahul Aid Meenakshi Natarajan 100% Tunch Maal. what a Thinking of him and the great Congi leader.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    FEKU's flight crash landed at the airport itself......

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  • J N Lobo, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Another eminent economist, Jagdish Bhagwati, who has been backing the Gujarat model of economic growth said “I am not going to vote for Modi. I have no particular affecton for him”.
    So, Amartya Sen is not the only economist who doesn’t want to vote for Modi.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    I hope Amartya Sen will also REGRET for his remarks against Modi, there by saving his FACE VALUE.

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  • Lavin Noronha, Paladka

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    @Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru mind you Noble prizes are not here to bargain.. nor it has been awarded to chindi chors. Without being biased Mr. Chandan should have known how to respect his fellow citizen… Now he can’t cry over spill milk..

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Sen doesn't have to regret. He is in his senses and his comments are that of an intellectual and not that of Mitra. Mitra thought being an politician he can talk anything. Now he has to face the brunt. These type of politicians doesn't deserve to be our representatives. It's shame for us.

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  • Maxim Mathias, Shirva, Dubai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    What a shame to Chandan Mitra!!! Some people do not know what they speaking. Bharat Ratna is not a property of BJP or Modi's Gujarat.

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  • Charan Poojary, Mlore/Dubai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Rightly said Mr. Maxim Mathias, Shirva, Dubai that Some people do not know what they speaking. Few days before Raj Babbar told that Rs 12 can buy complete meal in Mumbai, Then his colleague, Rasheed Masood, topped him by declaring on Thursday that Rs. 5 is sufficient for a meal near Jama Masjid in Delhi, Toady Farooq Abdullah is coming out with a statement that says "you can fill your stomach for rupee 1"

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Don't be surprised most of the BJP guys think they did a favour to Dr Abdul Kalam by making him President. They also think India belongs to BJP and its supporters only and rest are all gaddars.

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  • sathish jm, kumpala/Dubai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    dear Ajith,
    pls don't drag the names of great personalities like Dr. APJ for cheap political debate. No doubt, BJP always feel proud for nominating Dr. APJ for the highest post in the country. Correct yourself, Dr. APJ do not need anyone's favour to reach that level even now!

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  • Lavin Noronha, Paladka

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    These are not spokespersons instead they should be poke persons.. they get too personal... last time Congi spokesperson Manish Tiwari had to eat his own words on Anna hazare...

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  • Satish Kumar, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Great Mr Chandan Mitra, later realized it was mistakenly made such comments. I think here even Amartya Sen also should regrets about his decision of "I will certainly return it," That means he does not have any respect for such a great award BHARAT RATNA, it was very sad. let him contest next LS election from corrupt Congress party' the party which was looted my country and spoiled it from 60 years of Independence. Still some people are struggling even for one time bread & butter. jai Hind

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  • Badru, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Atleast he is generous enough to regret. See Diggi, still maintains his minority appeasing stand on Batla encounter.
    See congi comments on Rs 5 per meal etc.
    Friends be open enough to condemm wrong things of people of the party which you support,expect better for all.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    2014, you will regret for passing negative comments for BJP, Modi...

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  • Krishna, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Dinesh, I know you wrote this comments for me, Thank you. Let us wait for 2014. I neither support BJP nor Congress . Both are evils and the two faces of the same coin.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Krishna, mangalore

    "You not supporting congress" is a JOKE OF THE MILLENNIUM. You comment here only when something is published about BJP. Why you hesitate to accept you are a congress supporter?, you don't have to pay for it.

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  • Krishna, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    I am not at all a congress supporter. It is as BAD as BJP. None of the political parties are trust worthy.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    @Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    PLEASE LEAVE KRISHNA ALONE. WHY ARE YOU SO UPSET IF YOU THINK HE IS SUPPORTING THE CONGRESS ?
    IN ANY CASE, I BELIEVE KRISHNA IS NEUTRAL. HE DOES NOT SUPPORT ANY PARTY IN PARTICULAR BUT I SEE THAT HE TRIES TO SUPPORT THE TRUTH AND WHAT IS RIGHT.
    IF HE MAKES ANTI-CONGRESS COMMENTS ITS OKAY WITH ME BECAUSE THAT IS HIS RIGHT. SIMILARLY, IF HE MAKES ANTI-BJP OR ANTI-MODI COMMENTS WHY SHOULD IT UPSET ANYONE ?

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  • stan, dubai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Krishna I know you are not supporting any party i.e. Dinesh poojary means he is only supporting BJP and praising so if you are not praising and supporting BJP means you are supporting Congress?????

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  • Krishna, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Thank you Declan, You are right I write in favor of truth and right and AGAINST THE INJUSTICE TO INNOCENTS

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  • capt.cornelio, udyavar

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Chandan Mitra will know how to talk in future.BJP will not entertain this kind of spokesperson.In fact he has brought a shame by his unwarranted comments to the journalist fraternity.Bjp has done right thing by disowning him and his comments.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    @capt.cornelio, udyavar

    IT IS HIGH TIME THE BJP DISOWN MODI TOO OR ELSE IT WILL BE DISASTER FOR THEM.
    I THINK THE BJP HAVE BETTER MODERATE LEADERS.

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Mlore-Shj

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    Will the congress be regretful for 5 rs meal & 12 rs meal , thus totally mocking the BPL people of the country ?

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  • Anil, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    @ Rajesh, with due respect
    It depends on the person what type of meal he wants to have
    there is no doubt that meal for 12 & 5 Rs is gettable
    As far as Amrathya sen or Jagdesh, they are intelectual I. e neither like me or you and of course not like our politicians .

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  • Lavin Noronha, Paladka

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    What a blunder! Seems BJP is in full throttle to see NM as PM...on the way they just gets carried away.

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  • Krishna, mangalore

    Fri, Jul 26 2013

    In 2014, Feku Modi will also regret for bringing BJP to such a humiliating position

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