This is bugging people
With reference to Indrajit Hazra’s article Buggers in the news (Red Herring, June 26), whether finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office was bugged or not will remain a mystery. But what surprises the reader is the silence of Digvijaya Singh on the incident. An oblique reference to the RSS in his statement would have ensured more headlines in the media.
DR Gulati, via email
The disturbing sound of silence
Manas Chakravarty’s article Lost but not found (Loose Canon, June 26) made for an interesting read. The columnist has used humour to great effect to describe Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s disturbing silence on every issue that plagues the nation. The people of this country are eager to see Singh assume his reformist persona, as he did in the 1990s, when he changed the rules of the prevailing socialistic game. Singh must interrupt his reverie and assume charge.
M Ratan, via email
Who’s next in line?
With reference to the article Readiness is not all (Chanakya, June 26), it is not readiness but willingness that is more important at this juncture. To begin with, is Rahul Gandhi willing? Is it wise to take over the reins at a moment when the Congress is getting embroiled in endless scams? It is also unlikely that Pranab Mukherjee will become the prime minister. Similar assumptions were made in 1984 when Indira Gandhi was assassinated as Mukherjee was the senior-most leader and regarded as loyal to Indira. But the battle was lost, thanks to Giani Zail Singh. Perhaps Mukherjee will have to bide his time till the right moment arrives.
Subrahmanian SH, via email
The Congress has no charismatic leader who can win a majority for the party even as the compulsions of coalition politics are proving detrimental to the nation’s interests. Pranab Mukherjee has no answer on how to tackle black money and corruption. Manmohan Singh has not been able to keep his promise of controlling the price rise. Rahul Gandhi has wisely deferred his decision to join the government. The need of the hour is to rise above individual loyalties and improve governance in all spheres.
SC Vaid, via email
Kudos to Chanakya for his brilliant analysis. After Indira Gandhi’s assassination, Pranab Mukherjee, a man of ability, acumen and experience, should have been made the PM. Yet, he was made to yield space to the inexperienced Rajiv Gandhi. There is no doubt that if the Congress seeks to replace Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi will emerge as the frontrunner for the post. Mukherjee will remain the perpetual No. 2, a victim of a system where affiliation to a political dynasty is a greater qualification than merit.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata
Say it like it is
Karan Thapar in Answer the question (Sunday Sentiments, June 26) reveals the intentions that guide politicians while dealing with the media. Indian politicians tend to be evasive and beat about the bush instead of providing direct answers. Clarity in the flow of information will help people to form objective opinions.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar
Not branded for success
With reference to Shalini Singh’s Brand India (Variety, June 26), brand ambassadors have made negligible contributions to the development of the tourism industry. States that have focused on various projects to attract tourists have achieved greater success than the brand ambassadors.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
A museum of repentance
This refers to Khushwant Singh's article The Maqbool Fida Husain I knew (With Malice Towards One and All, June 26). MF Husain’s death on foreign soil must shake our conscience and spur us to respect and regard art as above religion and politics. Setting up a museum devoted to the life and art of Husain would definitely be a positive step.
Ripu Singh, Ambala