The BJP must curb its penchant to tilt at windmills
With reference to Khushwant Singh’s article (Will a shadow cabinet help the crumbling BJP? With Malice Towards One and All, July 25), the BJP should realise that it has to play a constructive role in politics if it wants to return to power. The government is benefitting from the absence of a strong Opposition by formulating policies that serve its purpose more than they benefit the common man. The Opposition should confront the government on the problems of price rise, foodgrain mismanagement and water and power shortage. Only then will the BJP be able to contribute to national development and win people’s support.
Jitendra Kothari, via email
Talk tough with Pakistan
According to Karan Thapar, one of the reasons for the failure of the recent Indo-Pak dialogue is India’s rigid attitude while discussing key issues like cross-border terrorism and Kashmir with the Pakistani leadership (Failure foretold, Sunday Sentiments, July 25). The truth, however, is that New Delhi can’t afford to deal with Pakistan casually. The perpetrators of 26/11 are still at large and Pakistan is encouraging separatists to disrupt peace in the Valley. India should not amend its policies according to Pakistan’s needs or wishes.
Pradeep Goorha, via email
The Congress’ pulling the CBI’s strings
Through his article (The BJP goes for its own jugular, Counterpoint, July 25), Vir Sanghvi tried to convince readers that the BJP is wrongly accusing the Congress of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the Supreme Court — and not the Congress — has entrusted the CBI with the case of Gujarat Minister of State for Home Amit Shah. But it’s important to remind Sanghvi that it is the same CBI that let off Ottavio Quattrocchi and that routinely files chargesheets against Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shibu Soren, which ultimately benefit the Congress.
Yogeet Sharma, Mumbai
The BJP’s clamouring over Shah’s arrest is unwarranted. If the party and Shah are confident about the latter’s innocence, they should let the law take its own course. The party’s tarnishing its image by creating a ruckus and accusing the Congress of picking on the Gujarat chief minister. It’s high time the BJP’s senior leadership acted maturely.
J.P. Mengi, Ghaziabad
The CBI’s incompetence can be judged from its failure to either arrest the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh riots or prove Warren Anderson and Ottavio Quattrocchi guilty of their respective crimes. The BJP’s furore over the misuse of the CBI by the Congress is justified. The UPA should admit its mistake and tender an apology to the nation.
Dineshwar Kumar Verma, Ranchi
What’s his beef?
Indrajit Hazra, in his thought-provoking and entertaining article (Hungry kya? Red Herring, July 25), touches upon a sensitive subject: of eating beef, which is considered unholy by Hindus. Writers like Hazra will, hopefully, be more considerate towards the sentiments of millions of people that constitute the largest religious sect in India while expressing their opinions in the future.
Vani Vinayak, Patna
At home in office
Congratulations to Varghese K. George for making readers aware of the various aspects of Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai’s personality (Rarely at home, 3600, July 25). It was heartening to read about the many challenges that Pillai faces, and successfully tackles, everyday. Our politicians should learn from Pillai’s habit of reaching office ten minutes early, which helps him organise his work and plan his day.
Surendra Bhargava, Delhi
The lady’s for throwing
With reference to Manas Chakravarty’s article (A real class act, Loose Canon, July 25), it is unbecoming for an elected representative to behave undemocratically and be driven out of the House by the marshals. The Congress’ Jyoti Devi deserves criticism for causing pandemonium in the Bihar assembly recently. By hurling flowerpots at her colleagues, Devi not only insulted the people who voted her to power but also maligned the reputation of her party.
Prem K. Menon, Mumbai
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