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Not ideology, only allies

The editorial Where have we read this before? (Our Take, April 6) has rightly articulated that neither principles nor coherent political ideologies are being propagated by any political party this time around.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 21:14 IST

Not ideology, only allies
The editorial Where have we read this before? (Our Take, April 6) has rightly articulated that neither principles nor coherent political ideologies are being propagated by any political party this time around. Rather, everybody is busy in forming pre-poll alliances. Party manifestos have never been sacrosanct in Indian politics. The promises and strategies mentioned in manifestos are seldom remembered by the ruling party. Therefore, it is useless to judge a political party’s strength by its manifesto.
RK Malhotra, Delhi

The real Kalahandi picture
Rajesh Mahapatra’s report There is no hunger in hunger capital (India Yatra, April 3) is an incorrect account of the plight of the people of Kalahandi. Almost 30 per cent of the population there has no access to even the basic necessities of life. It is true that the government has allocated funds for the region and has initiated many development plans. But the truth is that the funds have neither reached the needy, nor were the plans ever executed. It is true that if we compare the present scenario with that in the 80s, there has been some development in the region. But overall, the situation is still bad, unlike how the writer has portrayed it.
Himansu Sekhar Rana, via email

Our poor, poor politicians
Apropos of the graphic Gandhis: Barely crorepatis (March 7), it is interesting to read about the assets that political leaders declare at the time of filing their nominations. Their humble backgrounds, lack of home or car and petty cash is sometimes enough to embarrass even people below the poverty line. But more interesting is the presence of affluent spouses or members from extended families who compensate for the ‘losses’. Our politicians should realise that they cannot fool the common man.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore

It is our money, after all
Apropos of the report Reality check on poll sops: who’ll pay? (April 7), it is shocking to know that election sops declared by all the political parties would cost the exchequer crores, pushing up the fiscal deficit. The Election Commission should make it mandatory for political parties to show details of various expenditures they incur. They should also be made to disclose additional revenue sources for financing every sop declared in the manifesto.
MC Joshi Lucknow

Reform the countryside
This is with reference to KumKum Dasgupta’s article Missing the mark (India Yatra, April 7). The reporter’s attempts to show us the real picture of rural India are laudable. I feel that instead of promising subsidised rice and wheat, the government should provide our farmers with agricultural equipment at affordable prices. It should also try to extend financial aid to farmers and provide them with better irrigation facilities. More such stories that highlight the need for reforms where they are most required should be published
on a regular basis.
Pawan Kumar, Delhi

A misleading comparison
Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article Minus ideological anchor, BJP’s adrift (Between Us, March 6), I feel that L.K. Advani wrongly equalled Varun Gandhi and my great-grandfather Morarji Desai. But Vohra has rightly interpreted the comparison. Advani is trying to please the voters by comparing great patriots with Varun Gandhi.
Madhukeshwar Desai, via email