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india Updated: Feb 10, 2013 22:11 IST

Narendra Modi has made the right pitch to impress India’s youth

This refers to the editorial Mr Modi has Capital ideas (Our Take, February 7). Narendra Modi’s address at SRCC in Delhi was inspiring. The Gujarat CM’s emphasis on development went down well with the country’s youth. The BJP must realise that people are only concerned with relevant issues such as corruption, inflation, unemployment, inequality and misgovernance. Divides between mandirs and masjids or secularism and communalism are almost immaterial now. If the BJP wants a real opportunity, it must have an agenda for addressing the country’s real problems.
MC Joshi, Lucknow

VIPs don’t need safety blanket

With reference to the article Delhi government spent Rs. 341 cr on VIP security in 2012 (February 7), it seems pitiful that despite spending huge amounts of money on the security of VIPs and politicians, all we have seen is a rise in rape, molestation, inflation, etc. In fact, politicians have started viewing security cover as a symbol of status. This is a useless expense, and a waste of taxpayers’ money. The Supreme Court must take this into account while saying a firm ‘no’ to the security that is provided for these people.
Yogesh Kumar, via email

It’s time laws empowered women

Sumit Mitra in Chained reactions (February 7) rightly highlights the issues that concern women’s safety. Our successive governments have had 65 years to discuss and debate such serious matters. The State must act now. The delay we see only reflects a lack of will to act firmly in the positive direction. If serious, the UPA will empower women in all spheres from panchayats to Parliament, and all pending bills pertaining to women’s safety will be made into laws.
SC Vaid, via email

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