They cannot do it on their own
With reference to Samar Khurshid's Rumble in the regions (Focus, November 25), the author is right in stating that the Congress as well as the BJP will secure a victory in the next general election in 2014 only if they join hands with regional parties. Today regional parties have become powerful because national parties have failed to understand the problems and aspirations of the people in the states.
GK Arora, Delhi
Khurshid has very aptly described the increasing impact of regional powers on the national political scene. But the truth is that these regional powers create unnecessary problems. This situation must be rectified if we want to attain prosperity.
SC Vaid, Chandigarh
It's time for Gadkari to go
With reference to Striking the wrong notes (Chanakya, November 25), I feel BJP president Nitin Gadkari never had the skills required to lead a national party. With allegations of corruption against him, the RSS, which supported him, has also left him in the lurch, saying that the BJP will take the final call on his future. I feel Gadkari should quit the post without delay and save the BJP from further humiliation.
Manish Chandra, via email
Kasab paid for what he did
Indrajit Hazra in It is revenge. So? (Red Herring, November 25) is right in stating that we must not celebrate anyone's death. Having said that, I firmly believe that the Indian government did the right thing by hanging Ajmal Kasab. It is true that his death will not stop others from joining terror groups and killing innocent people as Kasab had done, but at least his death will give the victims of the 2008 attack some sense of closure.
Arjun Rai, via email
Indians have every right to celebrate Kasab's hanging. But such people must remember that unless poverty and hunger are erased from society, nobody can prevent the birth of more Kasabs. Poverty, illiteracy and unemployment compel people like Kasab to join terrorist outfits. I think patriots must also push the authorities to act against fundamentalists, casteists and feudalists who bleed India from within.
Kajal Chatterjee, via email
Going beyond their mandate
With reference to Karan Thapar's This is simply bizarre (Sunday Senti-ments, November 25), I still can't fathom why the Maharashtra police arrested the two young girls for posting a comment on Bal Thacke-ray's death on Facebook. In fact, there is something else I want to know from the Maharashtra government: why was Bal Thackeray accorded a State funeral and what are the rules for according such an honour? I think the state government agreed to a State funeral beca-use it was under pressure from the Shiv Sena and wanted to avoid a law and order problem in the city. The arrest of the innocent girls must be condemned and the guilty police officials must be given exemplary punishment for going beyond their mandate.
Making very little sense on TV
Manas Chakravarty's article The Hurt Locker (Loose Canon, November 25) very aptly describes the dismal state of India's politics and I agree with his views. I find it very difficult to sit through television programmes these days because most politicians who appear on them don't make much sense. Instead of sending such representatives, parties should send those who are experienced and have a clean record.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email
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