Mamata may be impulsive, but she really cares for the common man
Rajdeep Sardesai in Playing to the gallery (Beyond The Bite, September 21) rightly states that Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is yet to make the transition from a combative politician to a diligent administrator. There is no doubt that Banerjee gives little thought to the consequences of her actions. But it’s also true that she is one of the very few politicians today who care about the common man's welfare. That's why I congratulate Banerjee for parting ways with the UPA coalition on the issue of FDI in retail, which she rightly believes will do more harm than good to the aam aadmi.
Gautam Chandra, via email
The things we did not know
Ayesha Siddiqa's theory that India must realise that Pakistan wants to improve bilateral ties comes as a surprise, as this is the first time we have heard about the real feelings of the common man and the business community in Pakistan (Inch by painful inch, The Otherside, September 24). But her statement that Benazir Bhutto tried to mend ties with India is not true. On PTV, Bhutto openly incited the Kashmiris to revolt against India in the name of Islam.
Lalit Ambardar, Delhi
Actions grounded in principles
With reference to the report Pranab, Meira junk junkets until 2013 (Septem-ber 26), it is heartening to learn that the President and the Lok Sabha Speaker have decided to not waste the taxpayers' money on their foreign trips. We hope that other public officials will also take a cue from Pranab Mukherjee and Meira Kumar's decision and think twice before travelling abroad.
PK Srivastava, via email