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Karan Thapar's observation that BR Ambedkar looks "pathetic" in Shankar's cartoon is in bad taste.

india Updated: May 26, 2012 23:18 IST

People don't trust the UPA anymore
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi in Warning bells: UPA-II three years in power (Special, May 20) rightly states that the UPA is facing serious problems. Its allies don't get along well with each other, many important Bills are pending in Parliament, a number of its ministers are facing corruption and criminal charges, the economy is in a mess and the rupee has hit an all-time low against the dollar. As a result, people have lost faith in the UPA.
GK Arora, Delhi

We will follow our heart, always
This refers to Manas Chakravarty's article It makes you screen (Loose Canon, May 20). Right from our childhood, we are taught to follow our hearts. We don't pay heed to warnings and, instead, do what we believe is right for us. So statutory warnings during movies have no meaning for most movie buffs.
Vinita Nayyar, Delhi

BJP must get its act together
The article Once more with feeling (Chanakya, May 20) presents a balanced analysis of the BJP's present situation. The party will lose the 2014 elections definitely if it makes the mistake of projecting itself as a Hindutva party. Seniors members like BS Yeddyurappa, Vasundhara Raje and Narendra Modi are busy playing dirty politics against their colleagues in the party while heavyweights like LK Advani and Nitin Gadkari are living in a fool's paradise. So the need of the hour for the BJP is to set its own house in order.
Manoj Parashar, Ghaziabad

II
Chanakya gives a clear warning to the BJP: shape up or ship out. It can't flourish under Gadkari's leadership. He has not managed to keep the members together and chart out a long-term strategy for the party. Today, the BJP needs a seasoned politician like LK Advani at the helm of affairs. He is the only one who can lead the party to victory in 2014.
Pathikrit Chakraborty, Lucknow

III
On the one hand, the BJP is like a puppet in the hands of the RSS, while, on the other, it wants to project itself as a secular and inclusive party. It managed to win some assembly elections earlier this year because of the goodwill of its regional allies. The only way forward for the BJP is to ask the RSS to mind its own business. Most people are tired of the UPA and want a strong alternative. This is the BJP's chance to make a comeback in New Delhi.
Gautam Chandra, via email

Out of place, out of time
Karan Thapar's observation that BR Ambedkar looks "pathetic" in Shankar's cartoon is in bad taste (Drawing the line, Sunday Sentiments, May 20). Why are our members of Parliament against the cartoon? It is an artist's interpretation of the public criticism of the slow pace at which the Constituent Assembly was formulating the Constitution in the late-1940s. The cartoon did not offend anyone, least of all Ambedkar or Jawaharlal Nehru, when it first appeared. It will be interesting to know how many Class 11 students today feel that the cartoon is derogatory or offends the Dalit community.
Sharadchandra Panse, Pune

II
The cartoon reflects the popular opinion of that time. I don't agree with Thapar's views but appreciate his effort at presenting a new perspective to the controversy.
Sourabh Inani, via email

Don't waste the House's time
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article All he needs is love (Red Herring, May 20), even on a momentous occasion - the 60th anniversary of Parliament - our MPs were busy fighting over trivial issues. If the Opposition can prove the charges it has levelled against Union home minister P Chidambaram, it should initiate legal proceedings against him rather than wasting the House's time.
SC Vaid, via email

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