Give people what they need and they will vote for you
This refers to the report How to get a 2nd term (The Big Story, November 28). The result of the Bihar elections proves that people want leaders with professional integrity. The common man wants roti, kapda, makan and security - the basic necessities of life. If a politician can give all these to his people then voters will definitely vote him to power. Nitish Kumar has paved the way for good governance. We hope other chief ministers take a cue from Kumar's success.
Mudita Sodder, Indore
Kumar has pulled Bihar out of poverty with his social and economic welfare schemes. By giving free bicycles and uniforms to girl students, building roads, culverts and improving law and order in the state, Kumar has lived up to the expectations of the people of Bihar. Kumar's policies have also checked the migration of Biharis to other states. This will benefit the state in the long run.
Ashish Rai, via email
Kumar's victory is a slap in the face of his adversaries, who accuse him of relying too much on bureaucracy. Kumar's return to power is also indicative of the fact that Indians are tired of dynastic politics.
Amar Upadhyay, via email
There's no sense of write or wrong
Karan Thapar's article Media's the message (Sunday Sentiments, November 28) on the role of journalists in the 2G scam was an eye-opener. Though the authenticity of the tapes can't be proved, the damage to many senior journalists' reputation has already been done. I agree with Thapar that the journalists who are allegedly involved in the 2G spectrum scam should explain themselves and, if guilty, should apologise to the nation.
Priyamvada Verma, Delhi
It is difficult to believe that journalists, who became the go-betweens for the corporate world and politics, did it only to learn more about the world of corporate lobbying. Their talking to Niira Radia, whether to obtain information or help some DMK politicians, was unprofessional, unethical and inappropriate, and has damaged the image of one of the most credible institutions in India. The readers and viewers feel cheated, and rightly so.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
This refers to Vir Sanghvi's article Setting the record straight (Counterpoint, November 28). Readers of the Hindustan Times never expected Sanghvi to be among the 30 journalists allegedly involved in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. His defence is unconvincing and his decision to discontinue Counterpoint proves that he is guilty. It's disheartening that journalists are as corrupt as politicians and industrialists.
Jatinder Sethi, via email
A few Sundays ago, I was perplexed to read Sanghvi's article lambasting the RSS and its former head K Sudarshan for his comments on Sonia Gandhi. The issue was insignificant in comparison to the 2G spectrum scam. Now we know why he preferred to reserve his comments on Radiagate. Sanghvi no longer has the moral authority to comment on other people's probity. He has also lost the trust of his readers.
Yogesh Tiwari, Bhopal
Stay a cut above
Indrajit Hazra in Making dress sense (Red Herring, November 28) rightly states that our society judges a man by his clothes. Dressing up not only enhances an individual's personality but also earns him the respect of others. The key is to look presentable, whether one wears simple clothes or expensive, branded ones. However, at the end of the day, an individual's thoughts and actions, are more important than appearance.
Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi
Don't worry, be happy
Congratulations to Manas Chakravarty for his riveting article We're happy campers (Loose Canon, November 28). Despite a bevy of scams, high unemployment rate, poverty, malnutrition and other problems, India has scored a 5.5 out of 10 in the UN's Human Development Report, which measures overall life satisfaction. It shows that Indians are a happy-go-lucky people, who do not believe in giving up and find happiness even in the most adverse circumstances.
P Pradeep, via email
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