The BJP can no longer regard itself as a party with a difference
With reference to the editorial This one really takes the cake (Our Take, January 6), the BJP has lost the right to criticise the UPA on the issue of corruption by inducting two BSP ministers who were sacked by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on graft charges. It can no longer take pride in calling itself a party with a difference. This development will do more harm than good to the BJP in the upcoming assembly polls. The party needs a better leader than Nitin Gadkari, who doesn’t seem to have a vision. India needs a strong Opposition and, therefore, the BJP must get its house in order as soon as it can.
Bal Govind, Noida
A complete intelligence solution
In his article For a fine balance (January 6), Vikram Sood rightly asks the government to work towards setting up a robust intelligence and surveillance network, similar to the one in the US. The government’s job does not end with installing closed-circuit TV cameras in public places or purchasing state-of-the-art gadgets and technology. It should also recruit people who can integrate information from multiple sources and coordinate among various security agencies.
Sudipta Das, via email
Choose your friends wisely
The editorial Bridge the Gulf without delay (Our Take, January 5) states that India should improve ties with the Gulf nations to attract investment and secure energy from them. But I believe that geopolitical, not economic, interests should guide India’s relationship with other countries. It’s true that the power balance is shifting in the Gulf and India can cash in on this opportunity. But we should not forget that the Gulf is politically very unstable at the moment. The need of the hour for New Delhi is to build strong ties with Tehran, as it can help in keeping Islamabad in check.
Himanshu Antil, Delhi