A clash of opinions within the party will hamper governance
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh’s public criticism of Home Minister P. Chidambaram is indicative of a power struggle within the Congress party. I agree with Pankaj Vohra’s view that though every individual has the right to expression in a democracy, differing opinions within the ruling party can act as roadblocks in governance (Don’t criticise colleagues in public, Between Us, April 19). Senior Congress leaders should realise that the Maoist violence will persist until all party men unite to formulate a policy against it.
R.K. Malhotra, Delhi
Lessons from the IPL mess
With reference to the report Shashi Sunanda, both quit (April 19), the actions of both Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi and former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor have tarnished the image of the sport, the League and the UPA government. Business executive Sunanda Pushkar has also failed to prove her innocence. However, there’s a positive aspect to the controversy too: it has finally brought into the public eye the corruption in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
S Kamat, Goa
Politicians should realise that they are entrusted with the responsibility of bringing about positive changes in society and cannot misuse their power and position for personal gains. The mess that Tharoor has got himself into should be an eye-opener for all netas. Tharoor has always been in the news for the wrong reasons. Trivial controversies overshadow his political achievements. It is unfortunate that he has let down the people of Thiruvananthapuram who voted him to power.
Syed Khaja, Delhi