Aspiring to become PM? Rise above caste politics, Behenji
In his article Comeback queen (March 22), Ajoy Bose rightly states that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is politically much stronger today than ever. Despite widespread criticism on her accepting garlands made of currency notes or squandering public money by erecting her statues across the state, Behenji’s rise in state politics has been phenomenal. Her ‘social engineering’ formula, though criticised by her political opponents and the media, is unique and working to her benefit. But if Mayawati aspires to become the prime minister of India one day, she should rise above caste politics and focus on public welfare.
S.K. Wasan, Noida
An image makeover for the BJP
Pankaj Vohra in Gadkari’s team bears Advani’s mark (Between Us, March 22) rightly states that BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s new team “lacks the potential to beat even the ‘B’ team of the Congress”. Senior party leaders should realise that their Hindutva policy has few takers in the 21st century India. The BJP should project itself as a party that has the potential to counter national problems. An image makeover is the need of the hour for the BJP. But it’s doubtful whether the new team will help the party to make a comeback.
Janaki Narayanan, via email
India hasn’t lost the battle
With reference to the editorial We are all in it together (Our Take, March 22), I agree that it’s naive to assume that the trial of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative David Headley by the US will not help India in its investigation on the 26/11 attacks. It’s true that Headley’s confession before the US has saved him from the death sentence and extradition to India. However, the confession will force the US to act against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. So it shouldn’t matter in which country Headley is tried for his crimes. What’s important is that terrorists are brought to justice and suitably punished for their crimes against humanity.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow