I do not agree with Vir Sanghvi in Bonfire of Morality, (Counterpoint, July 27) on his changed perception about Manmohan Singh after the UPA’s win in the trust vote. If the government had fallen, people would have called him a weak PM. Today, after winning, people still don’t spare him. He can’t be personally held responsible for corrupt politicians whom you and me elect.
R D Singh, Leh
Vir Sanghvi says that Manmohan Singh can no longer distance himself from the bribes paid to save his office. But they were paid to save the country and the Congress. The PM has taken a principled stand on the deal, in the interest of the country.
Tejpaul Singh Sachdev, on e-mail
Kudos to Sonia Gandhi for winning over the Samajwadi Party, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and other MPs through negotiations. Sanghvi rightly observed that two types of corruption were involved. Manmohan Singh may not be in the episode, but everybody is aware that he has lost the ground.
Achyut Railkar, Mumbai
Making a joint effort
Karan Thapar’s article Is it really conceivable? (Sunday Sentiments, July 27) is most interesting. Why can’t the Congress and the BJP put aside their differences and get together for the country’s good? There is hardly anything which distinguishes one from the other. Such a move will not be against any class or community as is being propagated by some self-styled champions of the Dalits.
Bharat Vij, Delhi
Karan Thapar has rightly stated that given the present political turn of events, a national government is a good option. It appears that the Congress and the BJP have similar views on reforms, strategic relations with the US and apprehensions over the rise of regional parties. The formation of such a government is possible if the MPs elected are mostly from major parties. Only then can the Congress and the BJP join hands in forming the government. Let’s hope both parties
forget their past and act in the national interest.
Tejinder Puri, Delhi
I agree with Indrajit Hazra’s analysis in Dark knight in a blue turban (Red Herring, July 27). Just as Batman undergoes a transformation in The Dark Knight, so does PM Manmohan Singh. But who is the joker in the pack?
Vin Kaycee, via e-mail