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The only way now is forward

india Updated: May 19, 2009 00:50 IST

With reference to the report Let’s get back to work (May 18), people have made it clear that they have many expectations from the new government. They want ministries, particularly HRD, finance and defence, to be corruption-free. Only those ministers who have a vision for India and are able to steer the ship in tough times should be given important portfolios. The new UPA government shouldn’t neglect environmental issues either. It should work towards making towns and cities green and pollution-free.

Shyam Sethi, via email

II

Now that the people’s verdict is out, it is imperative for all political parties to deliver in their respective roles. The NDA should act like a responsible Opposition and keep a check on the ruling coalition’s performance. The Left should rework its policies and come up as a strong party in the next general elections. The UPA should ensure that it retains the people’s trust and delivers what’s expected from it. Voters have freed the new coalition from allies that troubled it in the past. So, the UPA shouldn’t either misuse this freedom or fritter away this opportunity to prove its mettle.

Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore

III

Contrary to common belief, the elections have neither been about the UPA’s victory nor the NDA’s defeat. They have actually revolved around the defeat of the Left parties. The dismal performance of the CPI(M) and other regional parties, particularly those that had made it difficult for the last government to work properly, ultimately benefited the Congress and its allies.

AP Keshari, Mumbai

IV

THis year’s voting pattern demonstrates that people are tired of politics based on caste, religion, language, votebank or any form of extremism. All that matters is governance and development. There should be no discrimination between urban and rural sectors and every Indian should be provided equal opportunities. The new government must work towards curbing rising food prices and increasing job opportunities. Other problems related to shortage of water and power, population explosion, border security, women’s safety and rising crime in urban areas should also feature in the UPA’s priority list.

HANSRAJ BHAT, Mumbai

Secularism wins the race

The victory of the UPA is the victory of progressive thinking against communalism and extremism. India’s youth has realised that politicians like L.K. Advani or Narendra Modi cannot represent secular India. Gone are the days when Hindutva and anti-Muslim sentiments were enough to earn public confidence. Radical ideology doesn’t woo voters any more. It seems that our democracy has finally come of age.

Khalid Ansari, Delhi

Wiser in hindsight

This has reference to Vir Sanghvi’s article On poll issues,Rahul got it right (Virtual reality, May 18). Journalists have a habit of justifying actions and events after they have occurred. Sanghvi defends Rahul Gandhi and says that all that Gandhi did or said worked in the Congress’ favour. But could he have said the same before the election results were announced? If Gandhi’s magic worked, why did it not show in states like Karnataka, Bihar, Assam, Orissa and Chhattisgarh?

D.R.Gulati, via email