More shades to the country than saffron
With reference to the opinions put forward by Chanakya in the article No legions in the region (Chanakya, May 12), it seems obvious that by not doing much to promote its presence in Karnataka, the BJP has committed a grave mistake. Former CM BS Yeddyurappa had already given momentum to the party’s decline in the state. Rather than putting its house in order, however, the country’s main opposition party seemed to have stuck firmly to its ‘stay north’ policy. It is high time BJP leaders understood that if their contestants are to succeed, they would all have to emerge from the shadow of the RSS. The issue of the Ayodhya Ram temple isn’t one that just divides communities, its irrelevance in our southern states only goes to show that the party’s planners haven’t understood the importance of a holistic national dialogue and bipartisan politics.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
Great expectations, little supply
Manas Chakravarty in Buy now, pay later (Loose Canon, May 12) cleverly exposes the corruption that has transpired in the name of the UPA government. The dealings of former railway minister PK Bansal only reiterates the public’s assumption that any government office can be compromised for an appropriate price. It seems incongruous that for all these acts of governmental excess, there are millions of Indians who toil day and night just to earn an honest living. The political class must remember that when greed gives rise to unseemly demands, supply will inevitably fall.
RK Kapoor, Chandigarh
The UPA needs more spine
Indrajit Hazra in The Art of Lying (Red Herring, May 12) rightly points out that lies can only seem believable when they originate from an otherwise honest man like Manmohan Singh. The changes made in the CBI’s report are evidence of gross impropriety. The writer deconstructs the flip-flops by former law minister Ashwani Kumar with precision and his acute powers of observation again bring into question the PM’s consistent reluctance to first fire the corrupt.
Bikash Chakravarty, via email
The burden of past baggage
Karan Thapar in A vote of real note (Sunday Sentiments, May 12) is right in commending Pakistan’s voters, who despite threats from the Taliban, displayed great courage by voting in large numbers. Moreover, Pakistan seems to have grown out of its reliance on an anti-India sentiment when deciding its political affairs. The warm exchanges between Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh points to what could perhaps be a historic beginning. It is unfortunate that our past continues to make us suspicious of every new possibility.
M Ratan, Delhi
Vertical integration is essential
Gaurav Choudhury in Jobs no more (The Big Story, May 12) highlights the grim side of our economy’s growth story. The skewed increase in jobs in different sectors and a mismatch of skills and employability both add to the piquancy of our present situation. Since we add 12 million young persons annually to the job market, there is a crying need to align our education system with industry requirements and remove the infrastructural hurdles for labour-intensive industries.
YG Chouksey, via email
Work together for India’s safety
Harinder Baweja in her article Can India clamp down on terror? (Focus, May 12) has repeated an often-asked question — If the US has successfully avoided a major terrorist attack since 9/11, why can’t Indian intelligence agencies ensure similar security? The answer’s simple. If India needs to stay safe, its protectors need to start working together.
Gautam Chandra, via email
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