Vir sanghvi’s Counterpoint (The state of our party system, January 7) was well-research-ed. His concluding remarks that undemocratic parties cannot deliver democratic government was convincing. However, I do feel that the traditional acceptance of any leader thrown by dynasty or through other undemocratic channel is slowly being challenged.
The main worry is the lack of a proper democratic system in major political parties like the Congress and the BJP, and of choosing the successor or the next leader of the party. ‘Individual worship’ beyond reason and stifling of internal democracy in the parties is as dangerous as dynastic succession.
Dr Ambedkar had said, “Democracy in India is only a top dressing in an Indian soil which is essentially undemocratic.” That puts the finishing touches to all Vir Sanghvi wanted to say.
Omar Luther King,
This is with reference to the Guest Column by Pravin Sawhney (Officers and Gentlemen, January 7). The writer has tried to defend the army against the accusation of “oppressed sexuality”. I think the army should handle such cases in a more humane way, i.e., understanding why the event happened, rather than shooting quick disciplinary orders.
A messy matter
I am sorry to learn about Karan Thapar’s New Year’s resolution in Sunday Sentiments (I hope Einstein was wrong, January 7) of spreading litter around him, influenced by Einstein or Fleming and supported by Messiness Theories from America. America is messing up things around the world and is concocting messy theories to justify it, but what’s gone wrong with Thapar?