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The ‘what could have been’ factor

india Updated: Jul 20, 2008 23:02 IST

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Apropos of Namita Bhandare’s article Breaking noose (July 16), so much has been written and talked about the Talwar family and the fact that it’s time they are left alone to grieve for their poor little girl. Also, they should introspect the tragedy up-close. But there seems to be some negligence on their part in this whole tragedy like sleeping in a room where they could not hear what was going on outside. If parents can find time to make money for their children’s comfort, they are equally responsible for their safety. Parents can’t throw up their hands and start blaming the media and police after every tragedy. This may sound harsh, but it’s true.

Natarajan Nagarajan, via email

Left is better left out

Sitaram Yechury’s article Why did you turn your back on the nation, Mr Prime Minister? (July 17) is pointless. One would like to ask the Leftists why they think the whole nation stands behind the PM and not them? Yechury’s allegations of Israel being propelled by the US to attack Iran is only an afterthought to create more confusion before the decisive trust vote in Parliament on July 22.

R.K. Kutty, Bhopal


When experts like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and the National Security Advisor have argued that the Indo-US nuclear deal is in the nation’s interest, what is the point of objections from the Left? If Yechury is so worried about the Common Minimum Programme, why didn’t his party join the government and implement the same? In fact, Yechury and his comrades lack any sort of political consistency — they supported the UPA only to keep out the NDA coalition and are now doing exactly the opposite. Whichever way the current crisis resolves itself, the less role that the Left has to play in India’s political future, the better.

Ashwani Sharma, Ghaziabad

Deal with the drift

It is very sad that the entire government machinery, the Opposition and media are so obsessed with the nuclear deal that more pressing and urgent matters are being neglected. The merits and demerits of the deal may be debated endlessly, but the government has to remember that the common man in whose name the government exists is at his wits’ end in battling inflation. Inflation is threatening to shoot up further, and if not tackled urgently, the country may plunge into fiscal depression.

Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai

He should have spoken before

With reference to the report Speaker adamant, may quit both House & party (July 17), if Somnath Chatterjee wants to take a high moral ground, he should have resigned from party membership before filing his nomination for the Speaker’s post or after being elected Speaker. Doing so now, seems odd.

Kedarnath R. Aiyar, Mumbai