Rahul Gandhi is, without doubt, a young dynamic leader but Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's assertion that the former should be chief minister first before aspiring to the prime minister's post is also reasonable (Quote Martial, November 2). By executing his duty as a CM, Rahul will get ample experience to lead India successfully among the comity of nations.
Shafaque Alam, Delhi
The editorial Getting its act together (Our Take, November 1) was right in stating that the BJP is finally in a favourable position. With landmark verdicts in its favour, it should now make the best use of the same. The infighting in the party should be curtailed so that it can make a bid for the central seat of power. The Congress is on the backfoot after a spate of scandals. The Bihar elections, likely to favour the JDU-BJP alliance, presents the right opportunity for introspection.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Look east and learn
K. Anji Reddy in his article A Singapore sling (November 2) has rightly pointed out that we should try and emulate the successful model of Singapore. The Singapore model should be tried on a pilot basis in Indian cities. Based on its success, it might then be replicated in other cities. Trying to achieve too much at one go is turning out to be a recipe for disaster in our country.
Anadi Mitra, Ranchi
Reality hurts, and how
With reference to the editorial Let's get real about realty (Our Take, November2), the corruption in successive scams like IPL, 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games or the Adarsh housing society ends up hurting the aam aadmi. The government remains busy creating alibis for those in the wrong. All that the Opposition is interested in is trying to criticise the government, not justice. The taxpayer keeps getting fooled by politicians in successive elections, with the generous promises made in poll manifestos never getting translated into reality.
S. Anand, via email
There is irony indeed in the name of the Adarsh housing society, whose construction has broken all the rules of the land and where politicians, their kin, bureaucrats, municipal officers and armed forces personnel have grabbed posh flats at throwaway prices. This is not to forget the shame in building on a non-development plot on the false promise of allotting flats to the widows of the Kargil martyrs. This is the adarsh of our public servants, the role-models for youth across the country. This is a national shame.
Anil P. Bagarka, via email
Not a presidential issue
Pankaj Vohra's article Pranab for presidentship? (Between Us, November 1) was very disappointing. It is premature and unnecessary to speculate on the candidature for the 2012 presidential election when other important issues demand attention and answers. Vohra should have discussed those issues that affect people adversely than matters of such little consequence.
Yogesh Pandey, Delhi
Driving in the fast lane
This refers to the editorial Born for the fast lane (The Pundit, November 1). Sadly, we do not have the appropriate infrastructure for the movement of such vehicles that are sure to have mechanical problems after running on potholed Indian roads. The Bugatti Veyron might excite us, but most of us will have to just look and move on.
Nitin Sreedhar, via email