The interest of the US is the US, Pakistan's learnt the hard way
Karan Thapar rightly states that Pakistanis want to live in peace (Same to same, Sunday Sentiments, May 15). The truth is that most of Pakistan's problems are a result of America's double standards. Now the US is considering its options in Pakistan, as it has realised that it is slowly losing popularity. Pakistan has sacrificed more than any other nation while providing assistance to America in its war against terror. But it's only now that the Pakistanis have realised that it's futile to help the US, which is only concerned about its own interests in the region.
Shahid Hussein Qaboolpuria, Lahore
The difference between Indians and Pakistanis is that we are more tolerant of others' religious preferences. It is wrong to blame the West for Pakistan's problems. Washington has never encouraged Islamabad to shelter terrorists or spread anti-India sentiment among its people.
Nirode Mohanty, via email
It's high time the Left pressed the right buttons
With reference to the article Clean up the Leftovers (Chanakya, May 15), the Left government in West Bengal, primarily an agrarian state, tried to appease industrialists by going against the farming community. It should have learnt lessons from the defeat of Chandrababu Naidu, who overlooked farmers' interests to 'modernise' Hyderabad. The Left must realise its mistakes and correct its vision for West Bengal if it wants to make a comeback in the next assembly elections.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
One defeat after 34 years shouldn't be interpreted as the end of the Left. The Left parties have won more seats than the Congress in Kerala and West Bengal. But no one is talking about the Congress' dismal performance. Writing off the Left is not only silly but also dangerous for the nation. We need the Left to keep a check on the UPA government and assist the latter in policymaking.
Ashok Sapru, via email
Karat should resign from his post. The arrogance with which he opposed the Indo-US nuclear deal proved that the CPI(M), under his leadership, lacks farsightedness. There is no coordination among the Left leaders and Karat doesn't seem to allow any other party member to rise above him. The Left doesn't have young ministers who could have helped it connect with the youth in Bengal.
Saasha, via email
It's wrong to single out Karat.
The blame for the party's defeat goes to all CPI(M) members. Be it Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee or Somnath Chatterjee, every Left leader made many mistakes when they were in power. The party is in such a mess that it hasn't been able to decide on an able leader of the opposition.
GR Ravi Chandran, via email
Perpetual motion Mamata
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's aritcle The Protestant (Red Herring, May 15), the Left leaders have always looked down on Mamata Banerjee. But a 'never say die' spirit helped Banerjee not only win the assembly elections but also give a befitting reply to the CPI(M). She is a real mass leader, unlike the self-styled high-brow Left leaders. What makes Banerjee's victory truly special is that she is a self-made leader. We need more such zealous and dedicated politicians.
Aritra Das, Delhi
The poll results in West Bengal weren't surprising. But the humiliating defeat of former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was not expected. Though the Trinamool-Congress alliance may have ended the Left's 34-year-old rule, it remains to be seen if Banerjee, an unsuccessful Union railway minister, will be able to resolve the problems of the state. In my view, she is not competent for the job.
KP Rajan, Mumbai
Think while they sink
Congratulations to Vishwajyoti Ghosh for his timely and great cartoon on the defeat of the Left (Full Toss, May 15). The CPI(M) would have won in Kerala if it had fine-tuned its policies to address the problems of the state. Now it's too late for Prakash Karat & Co to debate the reasons for the party's historical debacle.
Ashok Kumar Ghosh, via email