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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 06, 2012
First Published: 21:25 IST(6/7/2012)
Last Updated: 21:43 IST(6/7/2012)

Presidential polls: political parties have forgotten what Bapu wanted
Gopalkrishna Gandhi's article Mahatma's choice (Incidentally, June 30) clearly underlines that Mahatma Gandhi wanted an apolitical candidate as president. By bringing in gender, caste and regional bias into the presidential elections, India's political parties have devalued the highest office in the country and also forgotten what the Mahatma wanted. Gandhi wanted to name Chakrayya as his choice for India's first president and there were strong reasons to do so. But sadly, we don't remember those reasons anymore.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi

Hardly any choice for voters
This refers to the editorial Two sides of the same coin (Our Take, July 4). The Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA are plagued by factionalism and leadership crises. Though their political ideologies are very different, both parties have their own political problems, which is making it difficult for them to run their respective coalitions smoothly. The plight of the two national alliances is bad news for voters, as it will leave them with no choice as and when elections happen.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon

Send out a clear message to Pak
Vikram Sood's article Getting it all wrong (July 4) rightly criticises the Indian government for allowing a meeting between Kashmiri separatist leaders and Pakistan's foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. In fact, the root cause of the problems between the two countries is India's attempts to app-ease Pakistan for no rhyme or reason. New Delhi must make it clear to Islamabad once and for all that it should stop supporting and encouraging separatists as these activities hamper bilateral ties. The Pakistan government has no business to meddle in India's affairs.
MC Joshi, Lucknow


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