Voters and the EC have restored India’s faith in democracy
In his article A blot on democracy (Incidentally, March 10), Gopalkrishna Gandhi rightly praises Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi and his team for ensuring free and fair assembly elections in five states recently. The credit for the success of the polls also goes to the voters, who came out in large numbers. However, political parties disappointed people once again by nominating corrupt people and using large amounts of black money in their campaigns.
SC Vaid, via email
It is true that the Election Commission (EC) and voters are the real winners of the recently-concluded assembly polls. While people voted fearlessly and did not fall for the promises that various parties made, the EC ensured that the parties could not intimidate voters or use muscle power to get votes.
Manish Chandra, via email
Didi’s dadagiri is unwarranted
With reference to the editorial Indian, not TMC, Railways (Our Take, March 15), there is no doubt that railway minister Dinesh Trivedi presented a balanced rail budget, which aims to increase the Indian Railways’ earnings. Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is free to express her disapproval of the budget. But she doesn’t have the right to demand Trivedi’s resignation or hold the central government to ransom. Banerjee has opposed FDI in the retail sector and the institution of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre. But she hasn’t been able to provide a reasonable justification for her opposition to the UPA’s policies. It’s time the UPA realised the dangers of having self-serving allies like Banerjee.
N Mahadevan, via email
The game’s up before it begins
The editorial Use London, not boycott (Our Take, March 13) rightly states that India’s plan of boycotting the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games will be futile. The move is aimed at creating awareness about Dow Chemicals, one of the sponsors of the games, which took over Union Carbide, which was responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 that killed thousands of people . However, it is unlikely that the current plan will yield the desired results, as India’s presence in mega-sporting events like the Olympics is negligible.
Vijai Pant, via email
A sign of violent times to come
This refers to the report SP men run riot at oath ceremony (March 16). It is a shame that 28 politicians in Akhilesh Yadav’s new government in Uttar Pradesh have criminal backgrounds. The people of UP didn’t vote for the Samajwadi Party (SP) so that it can bring criminals to power. The violence at the oath ceremony is a sign of things to come in UP. This is not what people expected from the SP. In his election rallies, Yadav promised to end the goonda raj in the state. It’s time for him to prove that he means what he said.
LR Sabharwal, via email