The Modi model works and the BJP’s realised this late in the day
With reference to the report Gadkari’s Modi worship: JD-U wary, Cong critical (January 24), BJP president Nitin Gadkari has realised Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s real worth quite late. So far, many successful industrialists and celebrities have recognised Modi’s calibre and made public their support for him. Gujarat’s development under Modi is proof of his abilities as a leader. The state is free from corruption, the bureaucracy is competent, the roads are good and there are no electricity or water problems. If his policies can benefit Gujarat then they can definitely transform lives in other parts of the country.
Hansraj Bhat, Mumbai
Jarawas can’t be seen in isolation
This refers to Vishvajit Pandya’s article Before we change their lives forever (January 20). It is heartening to note that the media is finally paying attention to the plight of the Jarawas. I fail to understand why some experts feel that this tribe should not be brought into the mainstream. The Jarawas are Indian citizens. They enjoy the same rights that we do and the government is duty-bound to ensure that their rights are protected and respected. We need to make people aware about the Jarawas, their culture and their problems.
DK Ganjoo, via email
Today it’s Rushdie, tomorrow...
This refers to the report Rushdie interrupted, again (January 25). It’s shameful that a large number of people protested against Salman Rushdie’s proposed visit to Jaipur. But it’s even more shocking that the state government agreed to the protestors’ demand and succeeded in getting the author’s visit cancelled. The Rajasthan government has set a bad precedent.
Ghazanfar Iqbal, via email