Modi can’t use Gujarat’s growth as a cover for his many sins
With reference to the editorial Give survivors their due now (Our Take, February 10), the people of Gujarat may revere chief minister Narendra Modi who has been given a clean chit by the Special Investigation Team. But for the rest of the nation, he is guilty for not controlling the post-Godhra riots of 2002. There is no doubt that development in Modi’s Gujarat has been phenomenal, but it doesn’t exonerate him. He is responsible for the killing of more than 1,200 people.
Salman Ghani, Patna
The Budget must stick to a budget
Sitaram Yechury in Break the spell now (Left Hand Drive, February 9) rightly mentions that this year’s Budget must focus on building infrastructure and generating large-scale employment. But the UPA’s job won’t end there. It will have to ensure that every rupee allocated for infrastructure development is spent judiciously.
GK Arora, Delhi
While India was sleeping
With reference to the editorial No nation is just an island (Our Take, February 9), the ongoing political turmoil in the Maldives, a strategically important country for India, will have serious consequences if the Centre fails to take the right decision at the right time. India cannot dismiss the issue by calling it an internal matter of the Maldives. It’s surprising that our agencies could not predict the crisis in the island nation which relies on India for aid and resources.
N Ramamurthy, Chennai
Ours not to reason why
In his article Insider as outsider (Beyond the Bite, February 11), Rajdeep Sardesai presents a cogent argument. Why do we expect the children of actors and politicians to follow in their parents’ footsteps? They should be free to take up any profession of their choice. If Priyanka Gandhi Vadra doesn’t want to become a 24x7 politician, we should respect her decision.
Sumeet Mahendra, Delhi