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india Updated: Sep 12, 2013 11:00 IST

As a chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav has been a disappointment
With reference to the editorial Stop the homilies and crack down (Our Take, September 10), it is appalling that Akhilesh Yadav, who became the youngest chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and was hailed as the changing face of the UP politics, has failed to keep in check the worsening communal violence in the state.

It is sad that he has been a disappointment. More than a dozen of communal riots have taken place since June 2012 on Yadav's watch. Moreover, it was imprudent of the chief minister to appear before the media wearing a skull cap, giving the incident a communal slant.

Those who lost their lives in the riots were both Hindus and Muslims. Besides ensuring that the culprits are brought to book, the Centre must consider imposing president's rule.

Kamala Kumari, via email

It is too early for India to bet on the proposed BRICS development bank
The editorial Don't wait for a helping hand (Our Take, September 9) rightly states that the real message India should have got from G-20 Summit is that it should get its own act together first.

The idea of a BRICS bank may challenge Western economic supremacy but with the recession threat looming large over the Indian economy, the money committed to kick-start this bank may add to our fiscal deficit.

Instead of looking for quick fixes, India must remove policy bottlenecks to boost investor sentiments, both domestic and international.

Ashok Goswami, via email

The Hindustan Times should have kept the cryptic crossword
One thing that I eagerly looked forward to every morning in the Hindustan Times was cryptic crossword. But I was shocked and dismayed that the 'refreshed' version of the newspaper has discontinued it.

Cryptic crosswords are a really fun way to exercise one's brain. If at all the newspaper wishes to keep only one crossword, then it should retain the cryptic one and drop the concise crossword.

I would earnestly request the Hindustan Times to restore the cryptic crossword.

Ninan Koshi, via email