India must make efforts to be on a par with the Asian giants
The editorial An easterly wind’s blowing (Our Take, October 25) is apt. It should be a good news that India is gaining in importance across the world. However, one has to admit that Asian countries like China, Singapore, Taiwan and Hongkong are definitely far ahead of our country in more than one area. By the time we catch up, they will go further. It is time to get our act together, overcome our limitations and move ahead.
T.M.C. Vasudevan, Mumbai
A visible lack of sincerity
With reference to the editorial Now let the game begin (Our Take, October 26), it seems that the inquiry into the Commonwealth Games scams is destined to go the way of all earlier inquiries. The investigators are probing the relatively smaller allegations rather than the more serious ones. They are looking into the private players and only occasionally a politically-connected individual to divert the public. Such an approach will allow the main perpetrators of the scams to get off scot-free. It will not solve any problem and become a precedent for future events.
S. Kamat, Goa
The Commonwealth Games scam under the Congress government and the turmoil in Karnataka offer an interesting study in contrast. No raid has been initiated on those directly involved with the Games, while in Karnataka, where there is a non-Congress government, raids are conducted at the hint of a political upheaval. The Congress routinely accuses non-Congress governments of having failed to perform, forgetting to introspect on its own performance and anomalies.
Prakash F. Madhwani, Bangalore
An unworthy conduct
This refers to the report Throw Rahul into Ganga(October 26). The political idiom that is being used in the election campaign in Bihar shows the ideological bankruptcy of all political parties. The bigwigs of almost all parties are engaged in verbal mudslinging. Their speeches are full of sound and fury signifying nothing. The agenda for development and better governance has been forgotten. The public and the media seem to enjoy this comedy circus, unmindful that it poses an unhealthy portent for the nation.
Bhavesh Pandey, Barbigha
Look beyond the family
Ramachandra Guha’s article That family feeling (History Matters, October 25) made for exciting reading. The Indian National Congress leaders laid the foundation of a modern nation. Unfortunately, the party has lost sight of the philosophy and ideology it stood for. Sycophancy, family fiefdom, corruption and pseudo-secularism define its identity now. The culture of naming projects after family members is inappropriate. The party needs to bring about a paradigm shift in its priority, policy and philosophy to preserve its identity.
Sriprakash Ganapati, via email
Avoid a public spectacle
This has reference to the report Prove sincerity: militants to panel (October 25). The appointment of lightweight interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir is inexplicable unless the panel’s role is clearly understood: to ascertain the views of the parties concerned. The high-profile style adopted by the panel, holding press conferences and laying down political parameters defies logic. There must be diplomacy rather than public performance. The interlocutors should engage in doing justice and make the process meaningful.
Bishan Sahai, via email