We need a stable government
The article I do, but terms apply (Chanakya, September 23) rightly states that the era of coalition politics is here to stay. This is largely due to the absence of a strong national party, which is committed to public welfare. But, as recent events show, coalition politics suffers from many problems. While the Left walked out of UPA 1, this time the Trinamool Congress decided to break its ties with the ruling coalition. Such problems can be avoided if the coalition has a strong and confident leader. It's high time the PM made it clear to the allies that they can't take him for granted.
Siri Krishna, via email
Chanakya makes an interesting comparison between marriage and coalition politics. I feel that the blame for the present political instability in the country goes to the voters. People vote for candidates on the basis of their individual track records — not the performances of their respective political parties. This ensures that no single party gets a clear majority in an election. People should evaluate and compare various parties' ideologies, past performances and poll promises before casting their votes. This will go a long way towards electing a stable government.
Manju Pant, via email
The PM now seems fighting fit
Manas Chakravarty in The Big Bang theory (Loose Canon, September 23) has valid reasons to be surprised at the new avatar of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It seems that the widespread criticism of Singh's silence on the various scams and the UPA's dismal performance made the PM decide enough is enough. So with the general elections just two years away, Singh decided to introduce a slew of reforms to improve his government's public image and silence critics. However, these reforms won't have the same effect on the economy as the 1991 reforms, as they have come a bit too late.
SC Vaid, via email
I agree with Chakravarty that it was difficult to tell if it was really Singh who made a speech to the nation recently. The PM is not known for taking tough decisions or biting the bullet. That's why he surprised everyone with his “if we have to go down, let us go down fighting” statement. Now Singh must follow his own advice and put the economy back on track at the earliest.
Charanjiit Chadha, via email
UPA's troubles are far from over
I agree with Karan Thapar's view in Pain before the gain (Sunday Senti-ments, September 23) that India will respect a PM who takes bold and tough decisions even if they make him unpopular. The UPA's problems do not end with the exit of Mamata Banerjee. The biggest challenge for the PM now is to ensure that the SP and the DMK don't do a Trinamool Congress.
Bal Govind, via email