Long and winding road for Rahul
The article Becoming one of us (Chanakya, January 27) prepares us for the general elections in 2014. With Rahul Gandhi taking on the might of Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, the contest is set to be intriguing. The young Gandhi must be careful of loopholes in the Congress machinery while proving himself before the common man. Issues such as corruption, regionalism and security for women must be of high and instant priority.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
Affected by scams, corruption, inflation and non-performance, the Congress seems to be in the doldrums as of now. In such circumstances, I doubt if Rahul can perform miracles instantly.
NR Ramachandran, via email
The audacity of hope in 2014
This refers to Varghese K George's article In the Making: Rahul's Congress (Focus, January 27). Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi might care about his mother's tears, but he has ignored the pleas of all those protesting against corruption, black money and the brutal December 16 rape. Doesn't our acceptance of dynasty reserve power for only a few individuals? The ruling party's vote bank politics has helped divide our nation along the lines of caste and religion, and it seems clear that the wounds it has inflicted will not be forgotten soon.
Ravin Vats, via email
The basic difference between Rahul Gandhi and his father is that during Rajiv Gandhi's time, voters had an exceptionally emotional bond with the Gandhi family. This has diminished. Added to this, Rahul has not done anything to appropriate social media, and worse still, he will now have to appease the old guard of his party. These challenges are going to be nothing short of a litmus test.
Bal Govind, Noida
Rahul Gandhi must have understood the reasons that inform an Indian youth's anger, and he also must have understood the need to overhaul the entire system. The aspirations of citizens should not be neglected anymore. The cleaning of regressive elements within the Congress party is inevitable and urgent, but if Rahul Gandhi is to gain the opportunity of serving the people in 2014, the process must be effective, even if it is inevitably gradual.
Subhash Vaid, via email
He was born prime minister
With reference to Manas Chakravarty's The Rahul Revolution (Loose Canon, January 27), it must be duly noted that the only reason Rahul Gandhi has a special standing in the Congress party is because he is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Dynastic politics and rule have been a major feature of our democracy since independence, so whether or not he is fit for the role, we can expect him to become Prime Minister. Before he assumes that office, however, Rahul should be given a Cabinet position. This might help him gain valuable experience.
Mahesh Kumar, via email
There are no facts without proof
With reference to Shishir Gupta and Rajesh Ahuja's article The spotlight on 'Hindu terror' (The Big Story, January 27), home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's allegations about the RSS and BJP nurturing Hindu terrorists are totally baseless. Does the home minister have any evidence to substantiate his conclusion? If not, his statement is in poor taste. It goes to prove that the standard of politics is declining. It is wrong to generalise about people on the basis of caste or community.
M Kumar, via email
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