When it comes to governance, the size of a state doesn't matter
This refers to the report Maya's sudden impact: 4 way division of UP (November 16). The Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Mayawati, has brought up this issue ahead of the assembly polls to divert attention from the real issues. This sudden focus on the division of the state will also put her main opposition, the Congress, in a bind since the latter is already dealing with the Telangana issue. Since the BSP is one of the largest parties in the region, it will gain a lot from this move. But a small state doesn't always mean better governance. For example, look at Jharkhand or Chhattisgarh. Yes, they are now flush with central funds but when it comes to the development indicators, they are still at the bottom of the heap.
GK Arora, Delhi
Always slipping on oil politics
The report Politics wins, Rs 2.2 cut in petrol price (November 16) shows that those discussions on inflation being an economic phenomenon is irrelevant and it is only politics that counts the most in this country. Only recently, the government justified the increase in petrol prices on account of de-regulation and hike in oil prices in foreign markets. But now they are singing a new tune. The government has succumbed to poular pressure because there are assembly elections next year.
Dev Raj, via email
Learn the security lessons well
This refers to the editorial American? Step aside (The Pundit, November 15). What is this brouhaha over the frisking of former President APJ Abdul Kalam's in the US? Despite so many terror attacks. In India, we still don't understand the importance of security. Instead of showing dissent, the Indian government should strengthen our security system to avoid terror attacks.
Lalit Ambardar, via email