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Even though the Congress general secretary is trying hard to win over the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh with his 'meal and night-out policy', such a ploy may not yield dividends in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2011 23:50 IST

A meal is not a sure-shot route to electoral success in UP
This refers to the report Rahul in Bundelkhand, camps at Dalit household (October 12). Even though the Congress general secretary is trying hard to win over the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh with his 'meal and night-out policy', such a ploy may not yield dividends in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. The BSP supremo and chief minister, Mayawati, is not a political greenhorn. She is a shrewd politician and knows very well how to keep her constituency under control. Bundelkhand is one of the poorest regions in the country and its people need the State's help more than anything else. They also need access to irrigation facilities, seeds, credit, and MNREGA jobs, not visits by politicians.
Gulshan Kumar, via email

Pakistan must walk the talk
Anirudh Bhattacharyya in An America-shaped hole (American Jalebi, October 8) is right in stating that the relations between the US and Pakistan have been under stress for sometime because of Islamabad's reluctance to take action against the Taliban, which is behind the attacks on US forces in Afghanistan. In fact, Pakistan has been nurturing the Haqqani Network to keep the US and Afghan forces on a tight leash in war-torn Afghanistan. The US must force Pakistan to keep its anti-terror promise and appreciate that all terrorists, no matter which group they belong to, are dangerous and must be eliminated.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal

It's Anna all the way
With reference to the report Aides using you, Digvijaya tells Anna (October 12), the political class must realise that Anna Hazare has the tenacity to carry on this anti-corruption tirade and the people of the country are with him. By delaying a strong Jan Lokpal Bill, the government is only digging its own grave and they will have to pay the price for its delaying tactics at the next general elections.
Triloki Nath Misra, via email