Narendra Modi is the man of the moment
With reference to the article Modi is speaking and India is listening (Chanakya, October 6), it cannot be denied that Narendra Modi’s elevation as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate has infused a new energy into the party’s rank and file. He seems to be more in control as compared to Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. With Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chandrababu Naidu and BS Yeddyu-rappa sending feelers to Modi, those who expressed their apprehensions that it would be difficult to find allies with Modi at the helm of affairs may be forced to eat crow after the 2014 general elections. Today, India needs a leader like Modi who will voice his opinion on pressing issues like corruption, inflation and national security.
Subroto Biswas, via email
It’s a toss-up between Modi, Rahul
With reference to Karan Thapar’s article Neither Modi nor Rahul should be PM (Sunday Sentiments, October 6), instead of coming to a cynical conclusion, the writer should have offered constructive criticism while drawing a comparison between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. It goes without saying that on the one hand we have Gandhi whose bombshell at the parachute press conference decrying the ordinance meant to protect convicted lawmakers will go down as a watershed moment in the history of Indian politics. On the other hand, we have Modi who has a proven electoral track record in Gujarat. There are no candidates other than Gandhi and Modi. Thus, it’s either of them who is likely to be prime minister.
Jitendra Kothari, Mumbai
Thapar is right in saying that neither Gandhi nor Modi deserves to be prime minister. Both the leaders have done nothing to prove their mettle on the national political stage. While Modi’s authoritative style of leadership will not work at the Centre, Gandhi is a political novice. By the time these leaders will the hang of national politics, the country will have gone to the dogs.
Sanjeev Jaggi, via email
Nothing positive about NOTA
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s The new votebank (Red Herring, October 6), the recent Supreme Court verdict on giving the voters the option of registering a negative voting (none of the above — NOTA) doesn’t bode well for a large country like India. It is undeniable that the country is in dire need of political and economic reforms. To achieve these goals, we need a strong and stable government at the Centre. But the NOTA option threatens this stability. The aim of elections is to elect the most suitable candidate available and not to reject anyone.
P Senthil Saravana Durai, via email
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