Rajdeep Sardesai in Separate at birth (June 26) rightly questions the relationship of the UPA with the Left. Though the UPA formed the government with the help of the Left to keep the BJP away from power, the Congress never overcame its conflicts with the Left on various issues. The argument given by the Congress that the BJP is communal and has lost people's trust, is baseless. The Manmohan Singh government's failure on issues like price rise and the nuclear deal means the way ahead for the Congress is not easy as it was in 2004.
Shailesh Kumar, Allahabad
It is because of the Red cadres’ antipathy to the US that the Left parties oppose the Indo-US nuclear deal. But one must appreciate that they were always steadfast in their response. If the deal is really good for the country and its energy future, what blinkered vision prevents the BJP and its associates from supporting it? They have no antipathy towards America. And now someone has injected a communal angle into the deal that Muslims are against it.
R.K. Malhotra, Delhi
Democracy scripts itself as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ which means it takes into account the thoughts of the majority of the public. But when the Congress or the BJP is not able to gain the winning 50 per cent votes, other parties come forward to be a part of the coalition government. How can they compromise on principles just to come to power? Is a coalition government good enough for the future of the country?
Pankhurii Chakravertii, Bhopal
During the infighting within the Congress in 1969 and later, it was some of the Leftists who gave strength to the late Indira Gandhi in her fight against the syndicate. Nehruvians in the Left like Mohan Kumaramanglam, Chandrajit Yadav and Nandani Sathpathy even joined the Congress to help it win over the syndicate. Today, hardcore Nehruvians like Mani Shankar Aiyar are torch-bearers of secularism and socialism, supporting the fight against rightists. But
for the Aiyars, the Left would have been isolated by rightists within the Congress, paving the way for the NDA to form the government in 2004.
Manohar Lal Yadav, Alwar
The ship of State is adrift
Apropos of the editorial The sinking ship of internal security (July 1), the Naxal menace is threatening the internal security of the country. This is a result of the State failing to perform its functions as enshrined in the Constitution. It is drifting away from being a welfare State. When people fail to get basic amenities, they resort to arms to fulfil their needs.
Bishal Das, Delhi