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The editorial Many generals, few soldiers (Our Take, June 12) is right in pointing out that in a third front, parties have differing ideologies and vastly different methods of functioning.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2013 22:18 IST

Third front is a bad idea whose time should never come
The editorial Many generals, few soldiers (Our Take, June 12) is right in pointing out that in a third front, parties have differing ideologies and vastly different methods of functioning. In such a situation, it becomes difficult to choose a first among equals. It is strange that before every general election some or the other politician renews the idea of a third front without weighing these inherent political contradictions. This time around it is Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik and Nitish Kumar who seem to be excited about the prospect of a third front coming to power. But how can one forget the creation of a 13-party coalition in the United Front that formed two governments in 1996 and 1998. It’s high time we realised that the third front is a bad idea whose time should never come as regional satraps would place parochial interests above national ones.
NR Ramachandran, Chennai

Falling with the falling rupee
With reference to the editorial Making things more difficult (Our Take, June 11), the drastic fall in the rupee that reached a record low of 58.96 to the dollar is worrying as it will not only shatter many Indians’ dreams of studying abroad, but will also make imports costlier. That will in turn adversely affect the domestic market. Though the finance ministry has played down the rupee’s movement, it has done little to arrest the fall.
Vishwas K Pehere, via email

The postman won’t come calling
With reference to the report, ‘Death of distance’ kills the telegram (June 13), it is sad that in the age of instant communication, the telegram has become redundant. Whether it was about sending alerts related to examination results, job interviews or any other important event in life, the telegram, popularly known as ‘taar’ in India, was a part and parcel of everyone’s lives.
Arunava Datta Mazoomder, New Delhi

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