She’s obstinate and an obstacle
This refers to Debjyoti Chakraborty’s article A journey into the mind of Mamata (Focus, October 7). West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is neither a selfless politician nor a friend of the common man, as she would like us to believe. The fact that the UPA has announced a spate of reforms soon after her departure from the coalition proves that Banerjee was coming in the way of growth.
-Vishal Bhambhani, via email
Condemned to repeat our 1962 error
With reference to Shishir Gupta’s article 50 years of India-China war (The Big Story, October 7), India lost the 1962 war to China due to our under-preparedness. Sadly, the situation hasn’t changed much today. We are so busy resolving internal crises that we don’t seem to be focusing on our defence preparedness at all.
-Mahesh Kumar, via email
Third Front’s not a first choice
This refers to the article The Front could be back (Chanakya, October 7). A Third Front will do more harm than good to India’s economic growth. I doubt if the Third Front will be able to bring stability to Indian politics, as all the potential leaders of such a coalition are state leaders and lack the required expertise to lead the country. In fact, all of them are opportunists. They are blackmailing the UPA and the NDA in the hope of joining the party that gets more votes in the next elections.
-SK Patro, via email
Every election brings with it many opportunities for political parties. Sadly, parties in India don’t think about the nation while cashing in on these opportunities. The UPA is one such example of how various political parties have come together to form a coalition to fulfil their personal interests. The idea of a Third Front, which has come at a time when neither the ruling coalition nor the Opposition are in a strong position, seems promising, as it may offer people a good political alternative. But it’s too early to draw any conclusions.
-Man Mohan Bhatia, Delhi
I don’t think that a majority of the voters will support a Third Front, if it were to happen, as it won’t be politically stable. At present, India is suffering from a leadership crisis. The nation really needs a strong political leader, which, given the propensities of its various members, the Third Front cannot provide at the moment. It may sound impractical, but I suggest the Congress and the BJP shed their ideological differences and come together to give us a stable government in 2014.
-Bhagwan Thadani, Mumbai
Not taking a call himself
Karan Thapar in Doing things his way (Sunday Sentiments, October 7) confirms that the media, after all, is not as independent as it wants people to believe. It is disappointing to learn that a senior journalist like Thapar had to take Brajesh Mishra’s help to find out how he should interview former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in 2000. Thapar should have relied on his experience and expertise instead of seeking the then National Security Adviser’s advice.
-Rakesh Kumar, Gurgaon
It’s a laugh a minute
There are no words to describe how funny and engaging Manas Chakravarty’s article Hao Yu Do Ing? (Loose Canon, October 7) is. The confusion that Chakravarty creates with Chinese names is hilarious. The writer is blessed with a great sense of humour, which he deftly employs in writing great articles week after week. I really look forward to reading Chakravarty’s article every Sunday.
-Ishmeet Oberoi, Ludhiana
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