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Rajiv: Held hostage to court intrigue

Ramchandra Guha’s article, Rajiv: The other side (History Matters, September 13), was an example of healthy, impartial journalism. It is appreciable that HT allowed divergent views.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2008 22:53 IST

Ramchandra Guha’s article, Rajiv: The other side (History Matters, September 13), was an example of healthy, impartial journalism. It is appreciable that Hindustan Times allowed divergent views about a personality whose influence on the Indian polity cannot be denied. Though Rajiv’s energy and youth helped us in breaking new frontiers, his inexperience in politics precipitated crises such as the anti-Sikh riots, IPKF etc. He meant well, but was a victim of the pulls and pressures of popular politics.

Asutosh Rustogi, via email


Ramachandra Guha has written a political obituary of Rajiv Gandhi on the basis of selective amnesia. Rajiv trusted his appointed ministers and some of them were digging the ground under his feet. They used one card after another implying corruption, the most absurd being the grounding of the A300 Airbus, alleging that it was a substandard aircraft. Rajiv made one supreme mistake, that of ignoring Kautilya’s maxim enshrined in the Arthashastra: ‘The king shall never trust even his close ministers, but instead keep them under stricter watch.’

A.P. Saxena, Delhi


Though Rajiv Gandhi has been marked as one of the greatest Prime Ministers India has produced, some of his flaws have brought him into the line of criticism. Nobody can escape criticism, but Rajiv’s vision for India’s future also cannot be neglected.

Rohit Bhutani, Dehradun

No beating about Bush

Apropos Karan Thapar’s article, Thank you, Mr Bush (Sunday Sentiments, September 14), it is ironic that the NSG, which was created in the wake of India’s nuclear blasts, gave us a waiver to engage in civilian nuclear cooperation. This shows the inherent deficiencies of the non-proliferation regime. The US surely did not do this as an act of penance, and has an eye on India’s huge requirement for equipment and fuel.

J.M. Manchanda, via email


Karan Thapar has reminded the ungrateful Indian people that they should thank President Bush for dragging this country out of the nuclear mire in which we found ourselves after Pokhran in 1974. Also, President Bush had the guts to ‘free’ Afghanistan and thus helped India and Pakistan. We should thank him for standing up to the jehadis.

Durga Sharma, via email

Not all shook up

The very fact that Indrajit Hazra wrote on his supposed apathy towards the Bihar flood victims (Please, let me be moved, Red Herring, September 14) implies interest laced with frustration. I feel like that too. You want to do something to help, not just by monetary donations. But you somehow cannot shake off all your other obligations, priorities — the life that rules you. It’s more like disgust with the self. Are we losing our souls in this hedonistic, me-myself world?

Sonu Kunchal, via email