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Indian politics is all about mind over mater

In ‘Emtoions Over Substance’ (Counterpoint, July 13), Vir Sanghvi has rightly drawn a parallel between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former prime minister A B Vajpayee.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2008 23:05 IST

In ‘Emtoions Over Substance’ (Counterpoint, July 13), Vir Sanghvi has rightly drawn a parallel between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former prime minister A B Vajpayee. Singh and Vajpayee met their nemesis in Prakash Karat and J Jayalalithaa respectively. Singh is a decent man who has been the victim of the capriciousness of an ally in the coalition government. But who knows whether or not the Samajwadi Party will not extract its pound of flesh from the government for its support? The Congress is a spent political force in UP as is evident from the results of the recent by-elections. In fact, the Congress and the SP alliance is a marriage of convenience.

Md. Yahya Ansari, Meerut

II

Seeking to portray Manmohan Singh as a weak-willed and incapacitated PM owing to the compulsions of coalition politics is to do a gross injustice to him. It is also unfair to rebuke the Indian voter for being swayed by emotions and remaining impervious to real issues while deciding the political fortunes of our leaders. The parallels made with the US electorate are out of sync with the context. Sanghvi has better areas to focus upon like inflation and escalating crime graph and widening regional divides.

Rishi Dogra, Jammu

III

A true leader should be selfless, knowledgeable and value-based. Such a person should be able to capture the hearts and minds of everyone he or she comes into contact with. The Prime Minister of India needs to be all this and much more. In contrast, the parameters used in our country are seniority, caste, creed, regionalism and ability to cling on to power. Manmohan Singh might be a decent man, but a helpless PM is the last thing India needs. The nuclear deal has exposed the ugly side of Indian politics once again.

Shobha Kunde, Goa

IV

Left unenlightened

In ‘Nuclear fallout’(Loose cannon, July 13), Manas Chakravarty’s observations are relevant in the current political turmoil. The Left’s decision to withdraw support to the government must have shocked the UPA. In our country, energy generation is lesser than consumption. So there is no doubt that we need nuclear energy. I wonder why the Left parties were so short of a vision regarding the energy needs of the country.

N.V. Unnithan, Mumbai

Jest for effect

Karan Thapar’s ‘In praise of repartee’ (July13) made for interesting reading. One can easily get out of an unpleasant situation by resorting to timely and appropriate usage of a repartee.Using humour might be a deliberate act, but it can turn into a spontaneous action. Tactful use of banter can be an invaluable asset for anyone's personality.

Parambir Kaur, Ludhiana