Apropos of Pankaj Vohra’s article Party poopers (December 31), although the Congress has received a severe drubbing in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the party can regain its lost ground provided Sonia Gandhi undertakes some serious surgeries in the party. Rejuvenating the cadres and state-level party loyalists is in order. But care must be taken not to hurt their feelings by admitting people from other parties and giving them more importance than those who have served the organisation for decades.
The important factor in the Congress’s defeat is that the party failed to provide any decisive leadership. Be it the nuclear deal or raising the price of petrol, the Congress has been found dithering. Had it taken bold decisions and gone ahead, people would have appreciated its sense of governance. In Gujarat, people appreciated the difference between a bold leader and a dithering Congress. Narendra Modi refused to offer popular sops on the eve of the election.
Benazir Bhutto was chairperson for life of the PPP, but she could not run her party democratically. How can she be called a democrat or a martyr? Her death is definitely tragic and the culprits need to be severely punished, but let’s not become so emotional that we forget the fact that she ran one of the most corrupt governments in Pakistan during her stint as the Prime Minister.
Call to arms
Vikram Sood’s article Tolerating terror (December 31) made interesting reading. The threat perception to Benazir Bhutto was reinforced when bomb blasts greeted her, killing innocent supporters when she returned in October 2007. Even then, the authorities did not beef up her security. This itself shows the establishment’s complicity in her murder.
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