She's put paid to all alien notions
The extracts from Rani Singh's upcoming biography of Sonia Gandhi make for interesting reading (Sonia's story, Focus, October 16). As the current head of India's oldest political party, Gandhi must ensure that the Congress is committed to providing an honest and transparent government to the nation. She has suffered a lot in the past and still faces criticism on the issue of her nationality. But it goes to her credit that Gandhi has taken every challenge head on and emerged successful.
Subhash Vaid, Delhi
Gandhi has come a long way from being considered an 'alien' to being accepted as the head of one of the two major national parties in India. Today, she wields supreme control over the party. Her contribution towards carrying forward the Gandhi-Nehru legacy cannot be ignored.
Mahesh Kumar, via email
Holding the show together
With reference to the article The Sardar's success (Chanakya, October 16), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is being criticised for maintaining a silence on the scams under UPA rule. But I believe that he has done the right thing by not giving any statements to the media, which could have taken them out of context and created more problems for the government. By sending former telecom minister A Raja and Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi behind bars, Singh has proved that he believes in doing more and talking less.
Jugnu Bagga, via email
Chanakya's analysis of the Sardar is far removed from reality. Singh is perhaps the most incompetent PM in the history of India. He is heading a government of arrogant, selfish and dishonest ministers. Though it hasn't been officially established, everyone knows that the Prime Minister's Office is also involved in the 2G scam. Now, with the UPA's attempt to dilute the Right To Information (RTI) Act, there is no doubt that this government doesn't want transparency or accountability in the system
Harshwardhan, via email
Singh has been the most efficient Congress leader and one of the most effective PMs of India. At a time when the Congress is facing widespread criticism, it's Singh's image of an honest politician that is helping the party retain power at the Centre.
Prashant Rakheja, Gurgaon
It doesn't have a nice RIM to it
Kudos to Indrajit Hazra for echoing my sentiments in his article BlackBerry Death (Red Herring, October 16). When BlackBerry (BB) services got disrupted recently, I expected either Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of BB, or my service provider to inform me about how much time it would take them to resume services. But the consumers were notified about the glitch in the RIM system after two days of no connectivity.
Anupam De, via email
The mention of the 'sperm collection centre' in Hazra's article took me completely by surprise. Despite the glitch in the RIM's network and despite being tempted to buy an iPhone or an Android-based cellphone, I will never give up my BB, probably because, like Hazra, I am also addicted to it for my mailing and internet surfing needs.
Sandeep Roy, via email
It's quite a laugh riot
I enjoy reading Manas Chakra-varty's articles every Sunday. His article The final frontier (Loose Canon, October 16) is superb. I liked the part where he writes that though the Big Boss is supposed to be someone called the aam aadmi, the person who runs the show is a 'khaas aurat'. Quite hilarious!
Bikash Chakravarty, via email
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