In my article titled "So Be It", I had referred to a senior journalist of a left of centre national daily calling me amazingly naive for my article on Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat. In reply to this, I have been in receipt of a very gracious E-mail message from him which I reproduce below along with my reply to him. I treat the matter now as graciously closed---B.Raman
E-Mail From the journalist to me:
"You are a valued and trusted and respected member of the Indian strategic community and if I was rather free and frank in my reply to your last posting -- in saying that you were 'amazingly naive' about Narendra Modi's government -- I certainly did not mean to cause hurt and offense. For that, I unreservedly apologise. Differences of opinion will always be there but there was no reason for me to hurt your feelings.
I have, of course, no intention of ending our friendship, limited though it is to cyberspace, nor of asking you to stop sending me your engaging, informative and sometimes provocative commentaries, which I will continue to read with great interest."
My E-mail reply to him:
"Thanks. I have already forgotten it. It is passee. Take care." Raman