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Mamata hasn’t been able to live up to people’s expectations of her.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2012 20:54 IST

Mamata hasn’t been able to live up to people’s expectations of her

This refers to Vishwajyoti Ghosh’s article The lines are truly drawn now (April 16). West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee must mend her ways if she wants to be seen as a responsible CM by the people of her state. She can neither blame the Left for all the problems in Bengal nor act irresponsibly in order to advocate populism. The fiasco over the rail budget, the drama around rape cases in Bengal, the protest against the national anti-terror body and the recent arrest of a cartoonist for lampooning her prove that Banerjee lacks the credentials of a mass leader.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal

No gameplan for Afghanistan

With reference to the editorial The battle goes beyond Kabul (Our Take, April 17), the terror attacks in Kabul confirm that there is no strategy to contain the Taliban and its various offshoots. It is shameful that the terrorists were able to attack in the heart of the capital city despite the presence of US forces in Afghanistan. This means that the US can no longer protect the nation it’s been guarding since 2001. Though the Afghan army successfully killed all the terrorists, its personnel require better training and equipment to prevent attacks like the ones on Sunday from recurring.

Saad Ullah Khan, Aligarh