The Congress cannot afford to go it alone on reforms
The editorial Don't lose the initiative again (Our Take, October 6) rightly states that the Congress must reach out to the opposition parties if it is serious about executing reforms. But to avoid further embarrassment, it must take UPA allies into confidence before making any policies. In a political set-up like India's, the Congress cannot afford to go against the coalition dharma. It's high time the Congress president, the prime minister and the finance minister realised that the party's Big Brother attitude will do no good to either the party or the UPA government. The Congress can't go it alone on reforms. Support from the Opposition, allies and, of course, the common man is essential for the UPA's survival.
Bal Govind, Noida
Let Vadra speak for himself
This refers to the report Kejriwal guns for Vadra, Cong rebuts (October 6). The allegation that Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, received undue benefits from DLF must be investigated by the authorities concerned. It's surprising that on the one hand Vadra is saying that he doesn't have anything to do with the Congress, but, on the other, the party's spokesperson Manish Tewari is busy trying to defend Vadra in the media. Tewari, and by extension the Congress, should let Vadra speak for himself.
Gulshan Kumar, Delhi
From underdogs to champions
The way the West Indies team clinched the ICC World Twenty20 crown on Sunday with a comfortable 36-run victory over Sri Lanka reminds one of India's 1983 World Cup victory against the West Indies (West Indies chime: The spring is finally back, October 8). The final match was a delight to watch for every cricket fan. The Windies were called the underdogs at the beginning of this tournament. But they have silenced critics by lifting the cup.
Surinder Sharma, via email