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This refers to the report Rahul plays quota card to woo Muslims (December 28). With the announcement of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur, the days of tall promises are here again.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2011 23:17 IST

Tall promises are easy to make, keeping them is a different issue
This refers to the report Rahul plays quota card to woo Muslims (December 28). With the announcement of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur, the days of tall promises are here again. But be assured that the promises that are being made now will be broken very soon. Take, for example, the condition of Muslims in UP. Every time before the elections, political parties promise to do a lot for them but till date no party has done anything worthwhile for the community. The same will be the case with Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s promises. Today, he is touring the state and promising many things, but after the elections he and his party will forget about the minorities and underprivileged.
Gulshan Kumar, via email

Putin must do a Gorbachev
With reference to the editorial Iron fist in an iron glove (Our Take, December 27) Vladimir Putin has not brought about any political reforms in his 12-year rule. The Russian economy, which has been doing well recently, is also facing a slowdown. The Russian prime minister must listen to Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the erstwhile Soviet Union, and step out of the political scene. His unpopularity is evident from the recent rallies that saw people braving sub-zero temperatures to gather in Moscow to protest against his continuation in power.
Subhajit Chandra, Delhi

Deceiving on decisive action
After years of effort, the Lokpal Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. While this is a partial victory for Team Anna, the process also showed the true face of the Congress, which tried to weaken Team Anna. Our parliamentarians always talk of democracy and supremacy of Parliament, but when it comes to taking decisive action, they are only interested in maligning the image of their opponents.
D Jain, via email