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Poll time again

With reference to the report 9 injured in Kanpur, bomb kept on bicycle (October 15), another terror attack in Kanpur has given us another reason to be ashamed of.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2008 21:04 IST

With reference to the report 9 injured in Kanpur, bomb kept on bicycle (October 15), another terror attack in Kanpur has given us another reason to be ashamed of. As with the UPA government, Lalu, Paswan and Amar Singh have no cause for worry, as all they have to do to make the country secure is increase their own security many-folds. The Home Minister will issue his familiar speech that there have been less terror attacks under the UPA, than under the NDA. While Sonia Gandhi is being kept busy by a war of words with Mayawati. After all, it’s poll time.

Aniket Sharma, Delhi

Another political casualty

The Sonia Gandhi-Mayawati face off over the rail coach project at Rae Bareli is most unfortunate as it can become a Singur-type situation (No stopping me, says Sonia, October 15). By overturning the allotment of land earmarked for the rail coach factory just two days before the bhoomi pujan, Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati may have scored some tit-for-tat points. But she has denied the locals the advantages of thousands of jobs and small business opportunities. Hasn’t the BSP supremo bitten more than she can chew?

RK Malhotra, Delhi

II

The political atmosphere is being vitiated by ill-conceived moves of UP Chief Minister Mayawati. Riding the crest of her sway in UP and egged on by the Leftists who are propping up her dreams of prime ministership, she is doing things which give little credit to her rising stature in Indian politics. In fact, by her cussedness, she might just have resuscitated the Congress in UP. If she is aiming at the top post, she has to rise above petty politics. There is no scope for pettiness in a democracy.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Not in national interest

Apropos of Zia Haq’s report Muslim Cong leaders for probe into Jamia encounter (October 15), this is merely a political drama by some selfish Muslim leaders for cheap publicity and political gains. Imam Bukhari seems to be taking advantage of the Jamia encounter and some politicians are using him to put pressure on the government. Instead of misguiding the Muslim youth, the Imam should concentrate on his duty in the best interests of the community.

Ahmad Rais Siddiqi, Delhi

Tumultuous times

Madan Sabnavis’ article Back to the beginning (October 15) is an eye-opener as to what a major credit crunch in a leading economy can do the entire global monetary system, affecting various countries’ policies. The present crisis will taper down in time. But this might come at a high price.

R Narayanan, Ghaziabad

A damp squib

The deliberations of the National Integration Council (NIC) did not result in any viable solution to resolve the present crisis. The NIC could not even recommend any stern action against the perpetrators belonging to Simi, the Bajrang Dal or Christian denominations like ‘New Life’, who have become a threat to the unity and integrity of this pluralistic society. Communal antagonism can tear apart the fabric of Indian polity, and must be countered by true secularism. Recent political, social or communal trends should not be allowed to endanger this imperative.

Mathew Oommen, Pune