There’s nothing right with today’s leadership of the Left
Sagarika Ghose in To not to be (Bloody Mary, November 11) rightly states that the Left has lost control over West Bengal due to its flawed policies. Leaders of the past, like Jyoti Basu, worked hard to establish their party as a people’s party. They had a vision for the state and worked selflessly to make it a reality. But the present generation of Left leaders, like Prakash Karat, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Sitaram Yechury, lack patience and equanimity. They have been so busy resolving the party’s internal tiffs that public welfare has taken a backseat. No wonder then that the party lost the recent bypolls.
R Narayanan, Ghaziabad
Tendulkar: better than the best
In his article, Batman forever (November 7), Soumya Bhattacharya rightly observes that Sachin Tendulkar is one of the finest cricketers in the world. By breaking Brian Lara’s record, he has silenced all his critics and re-established his supremacy in the cricketing world. Tendulkar’s confidence on the pitch and his down-to-earth attitude outside the field distinguish him from other world-class batsmen. Even after 20 years, his dedication towards the game hasn’t mellowed. That’s why the nation looks up to the master blaster every time he goes out to bat.
Kartikeya Pathak, via email
It was interesting to read Soumya Bhattacharya’s analysis of Sachin Tendulkar, the man who has been entertaining cricket fans the world over for two decades now. He has inspired many cricketers — both Indian and non-Indian — with his charismatic playing style and modesty. There is no doubt that Tendulkar is the face of Indian cricket. His contribution to the game is invaluable.
B.K. Kumra, Delhi
Tendulkar’s recent 175-run knock against Australia in Hyderabad has put an end to debates about his retirement. The little master has given a befitting reply to his critics who advised him against opening the Indian batting innings. The credit for reviving our interest in one-day cricket, too, goes to Tendulkar and his superb innings at Hyderabad.
K. Venkataraman, Delhi
Development will curb Naxalism
Pratik Kanjilal’s article Too little, too late? (Speakeasy, November 7) makes one realise that a peaceful dialogue process between the government and the insurgents is the best solution for resolving the Naxal problem. The merciless killing of innocents has left the Maoists with no public sympathy. But it’s also true that their violence has forced the government to take note of the misery of the tribal communities. The Centre and the state governments should generate employment, utilise local resources and improve infrastructure in Naxal-affected areas if they want people to denounce arms and live peacefully.
Kuldeep Singh, via email
Regionalism is thwarting unity
In his article India’s new Raj (Maha Bharat, November 12), Samar Halarnkar tries to justify linguistic parochialism and separatist politics that are threatening our democracy. If all Indian states decide to isolate themselves from others on the assumption that their culture is superior to others’, it will lead to a great economic and social crisis and would, ultimately, result in the internal division of India. It’s high time that the people of Maharashtra realised that Raj Thackeray and his party are misleading them. If educated people like Halarnkar, too, support caste politics, then it is only a matter of time before India will disintegrate into independent caste units.
Aditya Gaiha, Mumbai