The electoral battle in the assembly polls show that the BSP has a significant presence in all the states except Mizoram and may turn out to be a major force in the forthcoming general election. As people’s faith on the two national parties wane, the BSP seems to be the gainer. But whatever be the BSP’s attraction, its governance in UP is abysmal. So we must exercise our franchise after much consideration. The Congress and the BJP must also work harder to reach out to the people.
ANJAN KUMAR SAMAL, New Delhi
Triumph of performance
The message from the assembly elections is clear: voters appreciate performance and not hype. This is a positive turn of events in our otherwise corrupt democracy. The performers, who could deliver at least part of the expectations, won. Delhi brought back Sheila Dikshit. Similarly, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Raman Singh could project their good work. However, the BJP and the Congress will have to do much more before the general elections.
N.DIVAKARAN, New Delhi
Sheila Dikshit won the Delhi assembly elections because of her personal charisma, good work and meaningful campaign. She would have had problems had Sonia Gandhi interfered in her campaign. This is Dikshit’s triumph and I congratulate her on her success.
Tusar Kanti Kar, Howrah
Distorting Islam’s meaning
This is with reference to the statement by Shah Rukh Khan on the Mumbai attacks where he said that there is no mention of jihad being a way to jannat in the Quran. I would like to add that jihad as understood by the terrorists is not a jihad and it will never be because Islam which itself means peace cannot teach these sort of atrocities to its followers.
Pak feigning ignorance
Apropos of the report Pakistan arrests 26/11 plotter Lakhvi in PoK, (December 9), the ease with which Pakistan has caught Lashkar-e-Tayyeba members shows that it knew their whereabouts. The Indian government is busy pointing fingers at Pakistan. But the Pakistani government remains what it was. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani are puppets and the remote control is in the hands of the Army.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
Execute justice at home
It is a national shame that the Indian government has not been able to hang Afzal Guru, the main culprit in the Parliament attack case. Now after the Mumbai attacks, the Indian government has handed over a list of wanted men to Pakistan. Have we ever wondered what sort of justice the government will deliver to the terrorists who are more dreaded than the ones we have locked and lodged in Tihar and other high-security jails?
RATAN SHARGA, via email