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Mamata’s desperation won’t get her the CM’s chair

india Updated: Aug 13, 2010 00:16 IST

Mamata’s desperation won’t get her the CM’s chair

The editorial Rallying with ire in Bengal (Our Take, August 10) was only mildly critical of Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee’s unbecoming conduct. To equate Maoist ire as driven by noble ideas reflects the moral bankruptcy of our irresponsible politicians who will go to any length to draw votes. Banerjee in her quest to oust the CPI(M) from Bengal is getting desperate and going off track by siding with the Maoists who are killing the paramilitary forces and innocent civilians. She should understand that being desperate to rule won’t work unless the people of Bengal want her as their leader.

Ashok Goswami, Mumbai

It is a zero sum game

Fareed Zakaria’s article Let’s reap the faith (World View, August 10) wasn’t particularly enlightening. No matter what logic the writer uses to support building a mosque at Ground Zero, it will be an insult to those who were killed in the barbaric 9/11 attacks by those whose aim was to establish Islam’s supremacy. Instead of a mosque, why not construct a human centre, representing all religions or no religion, propagating compassion and universal brotherhood? Will this not help moderate Islamists to turn more moderate or the radicals to become less radical?

M.K. Barua, Delhi

When more is less

Rajdeep Sardesai in The field’s wide open (Beyond The Bite, August 6) aptly highlighted the greed for all things material that has come to define our political leadership. From the 3G scam to the murky controversies linked to the Commonwealth Games, there seems to be no solution to this problem. Unless the government takes a firm stand and eradicates corruption from all its agencies, India will never fulfil its dream of becoming a superpower.

C.N. Kumar, Bengaluru