Karat's coloured vision could push the Reds into the red
The editorial Digging its own grave (Our Take, March 14) is right in stating that CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and his ilk will never learn a lesson from past blunders. By overlooking VS Achuthanandan on the advice of the corrupt leadership in Kerala, Karat is playing into the hands of the Congress. Recently, an opinion poll suggested that VS is very popular in Kerala, with 32% support. Yet, the CPI(M) leadership is hesitating in declaring him head of the election campaign, for reasons best known to itself.
CP Rajendran, Delhi
For a more patient hearing
With reference to Anil Dharker's Life and death issue (March 14), we cannot imagine the pain Aruna Shanbaug is going through for the last 37 years and the plea for mercy killing is only because life, as she is living it, is intolerable. The Supreme Court must give the issue a more considerate hearing.
Aparajita Kotlia, Dehradun
Of no account to him
With reference to the report MPs get 150% hike in funds (March 13), the finance minister has been liberal in raising the MPs' fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore per year. But how much of this fund will be used for development, in the absence of any accountability, is anybody's guess. The finance minister, meanwhile, is least bothered about taking any step to check spiralling inflation or bring back black money stashed abroad.
Harischandra Parshuram, Mumbai