Ramdev’s proposed fast has left the UPA shaken and stirred
With reference to the editorial Yogi & the commissars (The Pundit, June 2), the UPA’s helplessness in convincing Baba Ramdev to call off his proposed fast is quite evident. With the assembly elections due in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab next year, any agitation by Ramdev, who has millions of followers in the two states, can damage the UPA’s image. Though it's too early to predict the success of Ramdev’s proposed fast, it can't be denied that he has kept up the momentum of the people's movement against corruption.
PK Srivastava, via email
Come on India, it’s time for Africa
The prime minister’s recent visit to Africa failed to take note of the Chinese presence in the region and China’s stronghold on Africa’s natural resources. While India promised a $5 billion worth aid to all African nations last week, China has been investing huge amounts in Africa for a couple of years. Now, to make up for the delay, India should ensure that its aid is properly utilised and it helps in improving the Indo-Africa ties.
S Kamat, Goa
Perform or perish
This refers to the report Ministries to get report cards by June-end (May 30). There is no denying the fact that a transparent evaluation of the achievements of various central ministries will have a positive effect on their performances. To make the exercise a success, the performance of bureaucrats as well as ministers should be evaluated, and the results should be made public. This will help people decide if their elected representatives are doing justice to their offices.
Praveen Bakshi, Noida