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The editorial Asked but did not receive (Our Take, June 18) is right in stating that Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa is a hard nut to crack.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2011 23:02 IST

Jayalalithaa is dipping her toes in the new political waters
The editorial Asked but did not receive (Our Take, June 18) is right in stating that Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa is a hard nut to crack. Generally regarded as non-reliable, she is solicited as an ally only as a last resort. Politics today has no place for morals or ideology. The purpose of her visit to Delhi was to test the political waters, especially now that her political adversaries are in trouble.
SK Shah, Delhi

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Jayalalithaa came to Delhi to utilise her changed equations with the Centre. In the political wilderness for years under the DMK rule, the tainted governance by the Karunanidhi clan gave power back to her on a platter. Politics is about timing and the Tamil Nadu CM has enough tact to manipulate situations to her advantage.
Janaki Narayanan, via email

A struggle for the classes
This refers to the report Going to college (June 19). Admission reforms have forced colleges to drastically increase the cut-offs to ensure that they are not flooded by a huge number of applications. The current mess is a result of arbitrary decisions taken by the university administration without studying the implications and impact of the reforms on the entire process.
Atik A Faroqi, via email

Keep the underworld under
This refers to Ayaz Memon's article Forcing our hand (June 18). J Dey’s murder should not be treated as an isolated case as it might signal the revival of the underworld, which could prove to be fatal for Mumbai. The Mumbai police needs to be strengthened to deal strictly with all criminals.
Bal Govind, Noida