Obama has to deliver to ensure a second term in office
With reference to the editorial Yes he can, or can he? (Our Take, November 4), President Barack Obama was elected with great expectations by the US electorate two years ago. But the recent midterm elections have left him in the lurch, with a near rout for his party. Americans, adversely affected by unemployment and recession, have vented their anger against Obama, unconvinced by his stimulus package and the healthcare reforms. Now, Obama will have to reset the terms of his engagement and deliver what he has promised. Else, he is unlikely to get a second term in office.
N.R. Ramachandran, Chennai
We must counter corruption
Samar Halarnkar in his article India’s creed of greed (Maha Bharat, November 4) is right in stating that increasingly, the Congress has come to stand for corruption. A game of loot and plunder continues in the party as its rulers look the other way. The results of the Bihar assembly elections may prove whether the public has begun to perceive the Congress as a corrupt party. The institutional apparatus to check corruption, the vigilance department and Lokayuktas, have no teeth. Only a vigilant civil society can be an effective counter to corruption.
D.R. Gulati, via email
With reference to the report Scam-hit Cong leaders gagged (November 2), the Congress is being ripped apart by corruption and has proved to be nothing but just another soulless party. Questions surrounding the expenditure of the R87,000 crore worth public money allocated to the Commonwealth Games remain unanswered. Nor is there any accountability for those politicians who grabbed plush flats meant for the widows of Kargil martyrs. Rather than accepting the truth, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari is more interested in pursuing a blame game with the BJP.
Amulya Sharma, via email
The fact that UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to remain silent about corruption issues is not surprising. Scams have been a part of every Congress government at the Centre. Numerous inquiries inevitably come to naught as the guilty are usually senior leaders of the party. The media might keep on highlighting corruption but the culprits are likely to go scot-free.
M.L. Bhatia, via email
The nation is shocked by Sonia Gandhi’s silence on the issue of corruption in her address to party members at the AICC meet in New Delhi. While the country has been plagued by a series of scams, the leader of the ruling party is not concerned. This sends a wrong signal to the common man who expects deterrent action against those involved in scams that cause huge losses to the national exchequer.
J.N. Mahanty, Puri
No real intelligent design
B.N. Bhatia in The intelligent solution (November 3) complains of military commanders neglecting the intelligence set-up. However, the intelligence agencies are themselves to blame for this situation. Gathering of information is left to untrained civilians or those borrowed from sister agencies who hardly visit the field area and provide half-cooked, unreliable information. Intelligence agencies must make sincere efforts to provide significant and accurate inputs that can form the basis of successful operations.
Subhash Vaid, via email
A new avatar for Barbie
This refers to Rajiv Arora’s write-up Anchoring in a Barbie world (November 3). The designers should try out a depiction of an Indian politician wearing a cotton saree or Barbie as a cricketer.
Mansi Ladha, Indore