With reference to Vir Sanghvi’s analysis in A vote for BJP is a vote to make Modi PM (Virtual reality, April 27), Gujarat was converted into an experimental ground by hardliners long before Narendra Modi agreed to give shape to this experiment. His coming back to power after the 2002 Godhra riots almost decided his candidature for the post of PM by the RSS. It is not L.K. Advani or any other media-savvy leader who is important to the RSS, but the one who can implement the RSS agenda in the garb of modernism. Modi fits into this larger scheme and even those who criticise him can't deny this fact.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
Reservations about parking
Apropos of the report Parking problems: Residents score where govt fails (April 27), we talk about road rage and its serious implications, but it appears that parking is a far bigger problem. City politicians do not touch this subject because they have no solutions to offer. The only way out is more parking lots and new cars should only be provided to people who can arrange for their own parking. Just like providing an identity proof to get a vehicle, we should also have something like a ‘garage details’ document to highlight where the new owner will park his vehicle. Hope the arrival of the Nano doesn’t worsen the situation.
Deepak Verma, Delhi
No one to their rescue
THis has reference to the report Lanka rejects truce offer (April 27), there are lakhs of Tamil civilians, including women and children, in the so-called safe zone, waiting for the democratic world to come to their rescue. Tamils all over the world believe in democracy, freedom and human rights. But the Western countries, particularly the US, have not tried to stop the war or avert this human tragedy in Sri Lanka. It is time for the entire civilised world to step up and take on this challenge.
aMin Anjal Akam, via email
The Sri Lankan government should protect civilians who are being held hostage in the ethnic conflict, and should settle the issue amicably. Addressing the unsolved problems of Lankan Tamils and rehabilitating them by bringing socio-economic changes to bring them on par with the Sinhalese is the need of the hour. The legitimate rights and future of the Tamils have to be addressed by the current political dispensation headed by President Rajapaksa. The whole world is waiting for him to act.
Gururajan Ramachandran, via email
A self-goal by the Maoists
The Maoists, by unleashing mindless violence during the elections in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Orissa and hijacking a train, may have thought that they are making a statement but their strategy has boomeranged. Before they lose any more credibility, they should learn a lesson from Nepal where the Maoists have joined mainstream politics and are enjoying power. At the same time, this shows the hypocrisy of the CPI(M), as some of its leaders have played the role of mediator in Nepal while remaining mute spectators to the criminal activities of Maoists in India.
Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysore