He’s a general hypocrite
This refers to the report PM’s Pak visit should be tied to results: Musharraf (What’s Next, November 18). On the one hand, former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf condemns the death of 166 people in the 26/11 attacks but, on the other hand, says he doesn’t regret the Kargil War, which also killed hundreds of soldiers. This is hypocrisy at its best.
-Jagdish Saluja, via email
Democracy hasn’t helped India much
This refers to the report Democracy gives India edge over China, say experts (What’s Next, November 18). Democracy hasn’t helped India as much as single-party rule has helped China. India is mired in problems like corruption, reservations, illiteracy and malnutrition, which are relatively absent in China.
-AK Sharma, Chandigarh
Make her dream a reality
Karan Thapar’s article The Lady in Delhi (Sunday Sentiments, November 18) was highly informative. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, personifies grit and patience. We hope that her dream of establishing democracy in Myanmar is realised at the earliest. As Thapar’s article shows, Suu Kyi is very humble, affectionate, patient and considerate. I doubt if we can find all these traits in a single Indian politician.
-Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
It’s tragic that India has so far not paid heed to Suu Kyi’s repeated requests to help Myanmar establish democracy. She deserves praise for playing a proactive role in the 1991 movement to replace the autocratic regime with a democratically-elected government in Myanmar. India cannot afford to continue to turn a blind eye to Suu Kyi’s request.
-Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
Thapar’s description of Suu Kyi as a polite and charming lady makes for interesting reading. It’s heartening to learn that she took a lot of interest in what our leaders had to say and expressed gratitude to the musicians who had been ignored by everyone else. I wish there were some humble leaders like Suu Kyi in India too.
-RK Kapoor, Chandigarh
They aren’t serious about work
This refers to the article Get down to business (Chanakya, November 18), which makes an important point about how all political parties are making a joke of our democratic setup. No important legislation was passed in the last session of Parliament thanks to regular walkouts and adjournments. Politicians from all parties are wasting a huge amount of public money by not doing the work they have been elected to do. Development has taken a backseat thanks to the periodic adjournments of both Houses. Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t improved much in the ongoing winter session. This is increasingly making people feel that our politicians are not interested in fulfilling their duties.
-SC Vaid, via email
Chanakya seems to put the entire blame for the last unproductive session of Parliament on the Opposition, which, he believes, is not interested in discussing issues with the government. However, the UPA is the real culprit, as it did not take the Opposition into confidence before announcing major decisions like allowing FDI in the retail sector. In a democracy, the ruling alliance can neither take the Opposition for granted nor can it go it alone on matters that affect the common man. The UPA should keep its arrogance aside and learn to discuss issues in Parliament with all parties before taking a final decision.
-Ramesh Agarwal, Kanpur
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