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With reference to the article Bihar's win opens many doors by Ashok Malik (November 25), I agree with the author that after his party's landslide victory in the assembly polls, Nitish Kumar's message to the Congress is clear: the 2014 parliamentary elections will not be a cakewalk for the latter.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2010 21:50 IST

Nitish will give the Congress a run for its money in 2014
With reference to the article Bihar's win opens many doors by Ashok Malik (November 25), I agree with the author that after his party's landslide victory in the assembly polls, Nitish Kumar's message to the Congress is clear: the 2014 parliamentary elections will not be a cakewalk for the latter. After the BJP's loss in the 2009 general elections under LK Advani, the party is now left with three prime ministerial candidates: Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi. However, none would be acceptable to the BJP's allies. In such a scenario, the Bihar chief minister could be a consensus candidate. Being from a backward class, he would get their support and with his socialist background, Kumar would be acceptable to the southern parties and even Mulayam Singh. If Kumar's formula has worked in Bihar, why shouldn't it work in the general elections? By now one thing is certain: Kumar has arrived and it will be impossible to ignore him.
P Pradeep, Sagar

We are all sound, no fury
With reference to the article We're in this alone (November 26), B. Raman correctly states that in its fight against terrorism, India will never get any help from Pakistan and the US. Till date, the US has never managed to stop Pakistan from creating problems in India. Pakistan is aware of its 'strategic importance' and instead of closing down terror camps, it always blames India for not providing adequate
evidence.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
II
All the soldiers and policemen who fought and died in the 26/11 carnage were heroes but Tukaram Ombale was the greatest of them all. It was because of him that Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistan-trained terrorist, is in police custody today. But two years after the incident, all the Indian government could do on the 26/11 anniversary was send a strong diplomatic note to Pakistan, expressing its disappointment with the indifferent response to bringing the perpetrators of the carnage to book.
S Roy Chowdhury, via email
III
It's been two years since the ghastly 26/11 attacks in Mumbai but the government hasn't managed to do anything substantial. Our government keeps on sending lists of wanted terrorists to Pakistan but is yet to get anyone of them. Why can't we severe ties with Pakistan and impose sanctions on it?
Arvind Bhatia, via email

Such selective indignation
With reference to the report Mirwaiz Umar Farooq heckled, attacked in Chandigarh (November 26), the attack on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was absolutely justified. The chairman of the All Party Hurriyat Conference was indulging in India-bashing and it was unacceptable to the Kashmiri Pandits present at the meet. But the uproar against the incident in certain quarters shows that many people get worked up only when the Muslims, not the Kashmiri Pandits, of the Valley are targeted.
Manish Garg, Noida

Regulate rogue MFIs
With reference to the article It's in everyone's interest (November 26), Samit Ghosh correctly states that the government needs to regulate the microfinance sector, especially the rogue companies. However, we should not tar all microfinance institutions with the same brush; there are many that are doing great work in the poorest districts of India. The problem is that most microfinance institutions don't impart any livelihood skills to the small loan seekers because it's expensive to do so. Naturally, they don't manage to stick to the repayment schedule. The current problem in Andhra Pradesh would have never taken place if the small loan-takers had enough income-generation opportunities.
Anshuman Gaikwad, via email