Vir Sanghvi in Behind the climb down (Counterpoint, October 14) has aptly analysed that Manmohan Singh could have done better had he refrained from overt confrontation with the communists over the nuclear deal. But why has the PM raised the pitch so high if he was to beat such a hasty retreat? Irrespective of the fact that the deal was an instrument to end India’s nuclear isolation, it had a strong strategic significance in the international arena. The BJP, the initiator of nuclear cooperation with the US, has surprised many by opposing the deal that strengthened the hands of anti-national forces. It must act responsibly and refrain from playing petty politics all the time.
Shanti Bhushan, Noida
If the Prime Minister did not know what he was in for when he challenged the Left to withdraw support, then he is not fit to remain in his position. There was no compulsion to take such a posture. If he thought he could call the Left’s bluff, then he was mistaken. Any self-respecting person under such circumstances would have resigned, but not in India.
N Divakaran, via e-mail
Manmohan Singh is a true
Bureaucrat-politician. He knows how to climb to the top and once having reached there, how to stay there. It does not matter what type of government he is leading. The various components of the UPA government also know the perils of letting the government fall. The Left is no different.
Vidya Sagar, via e-mail
Indrajit Hazra's write-up Puja wishes for a ‘liberal’ state (Red Herring, October 14) was realistic as the self-styled liberals of West Bengal are the subjects of study. The Bengalis are progressive is a myth. A character in a novel Srikant by Saratchandra Chatterjee, a middle-aged Brahmin woman who had a low-caste paramour, bragged before her girlfriend that though she had been living with him for years, she had never allowed him inside her kitchen. There you are.
Mala Shelley, Santiniketan
I was not interested in the Rizwanur case, but after reading Indrajit Hazra's article, I am. I feel that many people celebrate other religions’ festivals just to show-off and gain popularity. Such people don’t mean it when they say they don't believe in any discrimination on the basis of sex, religion or bank balance. Rizwanur's death is a new addition to this discrimination pool.
Komal Gupta, Delhi
Karan Thapar in Nuclear deal or no deal? (Sunday Sentiments, October 14) has ably highlighted the controversy between the UPA and the Leftists over the Indo-US nuclear deal. The deal is in India’s favour, no doubt. Such stubbornness on the part of the Leftists augurs ill for Indian politics. f they feel the deal is not in India’s favour, then why didn’t they raise their voice at the first stage? Their disapproval shows that they are covering up their inferiority complex under the guise of farsightedness.
Anil Tondak,via e-mail