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india Updated: Jul 19, 2012 23:25 IST

Rahul Gandhi has not lived up to the common man's expectations
This refers to Rajdeep Sardesai's article Don't play it safe (Beyond the Bite, July 20). Law minister Salman Khurshid's comment indicates that the real 'underachiever' is not Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but the entire Congress party. When he entered politics, Rahul Gandhi was hailed as a 'quiet revolutionary'. People expected him to democratise the Congress party and lead the nation to a better tomorrow. But today, even Congress leaders acknowledge his failings. It's sad that his name is doing the rounds as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections when there are more experienced and deserving people in the Congress.
Ziyaullah Khan, Nagpur

The Congress's debacle in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar assembly elections has put a question mark on Gandhi's leadership abilities. But, ironically, the party and the media still regard him as the saviour of the Congress and the nation.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

Cricket can't be the game-changer
I disagree with the editorial Playing the bigger game (Our Take, July 18). Why should India take the responsibility of helping Pakistan become a stable State? We shouldn't offer any help to Pakistan, political or otherwise, till it puts an end to terrorism. New Delhi has extended the olive branch to Islamabad more than once. And we have been disappointed every time. The decision to resume cricketing ties between the two countries is welcome. It may bring civil society on both sides of the border closer. But the game won't be able to change the status quo.
Zulfikhar Akram, Bangalore