With reference to the editorial Two cheers for the UPA (May 22), there is nothing to cheer about the performance of the UPA, which was formed under political compulsions. The Left fought against the Congress in Kerala and West Bengal in the last election, but decided to support it at the Centre. The DMK was a part of the NDA, but chose to join the UPA. So the formation was only to grab power and the glue that prevents it from fragmentation is the spoils of office.
The assessment of governance should be based on the experiences of the common man. In both rural and urban India, public agencies and institutions have failed to provide fair service to the citizen. Lack of basic necessities, high prices, corruption at all levels, a painful legal system, and callous government departments are all areas that need improvement.
Zero-tolerance for terror
Apropos of the editorial After the blast and before (May 21), the tragic incident in the Muslim-dominated area should be condemned. Politicians should have the courage to declare that no government would tolerate terrorism, and that such incidents would not be allowed to recur anywhere.
Omar Luther King
Roars of despair
Apropos of the editorial Playing ostrich with tigers (May 25), the decline in feline population is indeed a matter of concern. Unless the government takes urgent steps to expand the forest cover around tiger habitats and urgent measures are taken to prevent poaching, the day is not far when we would see tigers only on postal stamps and in zoological gardens.