minister to ensure the development of Uttar Pradesh. The people of UP are fed up with crime, corruption and bad governance. Will Akhilesh perform and prove to be the state's Nitish Kumar?
MC Joshi, Lucknow
Among all the challenges Akhilesh Yadav will face, corruption will be the biggest. He should put his heart and mind into the problem and try to tackle it. If he manages to do that successfully, he will do the state — and India — a great favour.
Rukhsana Khan, Lucknow
A lesson for the giants
With reference to the article Choosing gets easier (Chanakya, March 11), the Congress' loss in Uttar Pradesh, the political bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, proves that it is not as popular as the media makes it out to be. The Congress lost badly in the assembly elections thanks to intense infighting. After the loss, party workers not only accused each other of mischief and sabotage; some of them even said that party president Sonia Gandhi is responsible for the rout in Amethi and Rae Bareli. The poll result has also exposed the cracks in Rahul Gandhi's vision for Uttar Pradesh. The drubbing is a lesson for the two biggies: the BJP and the Congress. Hopefully, they will learn from it.
SA Madhan, via email
The people of Uttar Pradesh have done the right thing by giving a majority to the Samajwadi Party (SP). However, I feel, if the SP fails to deliver, then the state is likely to try out the Congress. During the Congress campaign in the state, there were many who admitted that they like the party but were afraid that it would not be able to get a majority on its own. So even though they liked the Congress and Rahul Gandhi, they voted for the SP.
Deepti, via email
Dravid played it straight
This is with reference to Rohit Brijnath's article Reliably yours (Variety, March 11). Even though cricket fans will lament the retirement of one of the game's true gentleman-sportsmen, Rahul Dravid took the right decision. It is always difficult to say goodbye to a life of glamour and adulation, but Dravid showed that it can be done with grace and humility.
Surajit Paul, via email
Hats off to Mr Dependable of Indi-an cricket for declaring his innings in such a dignified manner. While record books will only tell us how many runs he scored, second only to Sachin Tendulkar, and how many catches he took, (highest, second to none), history will remember him as a player who always put the country before individual glory. He was a gentleman cricketer who always played for the team and kept wickets when the team needed. Sachin Tendulkar, who is out of form, should take a cue from him.
Himadri Sarkar, Delhi
Don't skip the Olympics
With reference to Karan Thapar's article Ours to Dow or die! (Sunday Sentiments, March 11), the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy have not been properly compensated mainly due to lackadaisical attitude of the Indian government. Politicians have failed the people and now they should not try to divert attention from this. India will not achieve anything by boycotting the Olympics. Indian sportsperson should get the opportunity to compete with world-class athletes.
SC Vaid, Delhi
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