Not getting it quite right on the Left's impact on Indian politics
Sitaram Yechury's remark in Delusions as visions (Left Hand Drive, May 4) that India is an outcome of a battle among three ideologies is wrong. It is true that the amalgamation of the Left philosophies existing in China and Russia during the 1940s inspired some visionaries and led to the establishment of Leftist parties in India. But it is an exaggeration to say that the Left philosophy affected the Independence movement. The Left philosophy cannot be dilated just by supporting the Congress government at the Centre.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
Putting a value to democracy
This refers to Barkha Dutt's article A perilous path (Third Eye, April 30). Politics in India has become a business enterprise where politicians spend huge sums of money to come to power and then start pocketing mind-boggling amounts through the fraudulent issue of licences, mining, land leases, contracts etc. Anna Hazare wants to strengthen our democracy by rooting out this corruption.
Shyam Sunder, via email
The huge turnout of voters in the West Bengal assembly elections and Jammu and Kashmir panchayat polls indicates that people appreciate the value of their vote. They have realised that to ensure development, they have to elect the right candidates to power.
Pratham Dwivedi, via email
It's back to business for Pakistan
The editorial A new arrow in the quiver (Our Take, May 5) lays out the options available to India in the context of Osama bin Laden's death. Pakistan, unlikely to learn a lesson from the episode, will keep coming up with new wishlists under the guise of the war-on-terror. The US will be forced to oblige, as it becomes wary of China's stance. Meanwhile, even as the list of fugitives from Indian justice enjoying patronage on Pakistani soil turns yellow with age, our geographical vulnerability will prevent us from launching pre-emptive attacks on Pakistani locations.
Janaki Narayanan, via email