Gentleman politician

Updated 08 February 2017
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Gentleman politician

We have lost many great leaders who devoted their lives to the socio-political and cultural development of India. The demise of E. Ahamed is a great loss. He was an able MP, a good human being who was above caste politics, and a staunch secularist, though he represented a predominantly Muslim party from Kerala.
In his political career spanning about four decades, he held many important positions, including union minister of state for external affairs. In that role, he contributed immensely to improving India’s relations with Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia.
He spent considerable time in those countries, where he was held in high esteem and known as the unofficial envoy of India. He established strong personal relations with Gulf rulers and Indian expatriate communities in the region. He leaves behind a legacy that our present and future generations of politicians must emulate and nurture. He will be greatly missed.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia