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india Updated: Nov 26, 2010 20:55 IST
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Andhra Pradesh

Kiran Reddy's appointment is a slap in the face for the rebels
The change in Andhra Pradesh's top leadership was unexpected but is a positive development for the state. It seems that the Congress leaders in New Delhi had anticipated the situation and were ready to tackle it. The decision to appoint Kiran Reddy, who was close to former chief minister Rajasekhara Reddy, is a slap in the face for the rebel group led by Jaganmohan Reddy. Now the Congress should display similar astuteness when deciding on the formation of the cabinet and include pro-Telangana ministers to avoid political crises in the future.
Ganti Mahapatruni Rama Rao, via email

Break down the builders' lobby
Praful Bidwai in Little to build on (November 24) rightly states that breaking the politician-bureaucrat-builder nexus will be an uphill task for Maharashtra’s new chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. The state is virtually run by the builders’ lobby and only an honest politician can dare to speak against it. Chavan should take advantage of the fact that both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia
Gandhi trust him fully.
Mohammad Ashyam, Aligarh

Not a women-friendly city
Model and actress Gul Panag's comments about the attitude of men in Delhi (Are Delhi men gropers? November 23) are absolutely spot on. Such behaviour should be unacceptable especially in a state where both the chief minister and mayor are women. The fact that the Delhi Metro had to reserve one coach for ladies is ample proof that the city is unsafe for women.
Ashish Rai, via email

With reference to the report BPO employee's rapists chose, stalked victims ( November 26 ), there is no doubt that Delhi is the most unsafe city in India for women. While the incident shows that women professionals are the most vulnerable, incidents in the past have shown that even the elderly and children are at the risk. Recently, the Delhi police commissioner announced that beefing up security for women is his priority. But no action on this promise seems to have been taken so far.
RL Pathak, Delhi

A victory for Bihar's people
The victory of the Janata Dal (United) in the Bihar elections is not only a victory for Nitish Kumar but also for the people of Bihar. They voters have made it clear that they want a crime-free state that is headed by a gentleman than one ruled by criminals and illiterates.
Shivam Swami, via email

Nitish Kumar's victory has proved that people want good governance, development and law and order. It’s a pity that the Congress could not understand the aspirations of the people of the state. Hopefully, Kumar will not let the people down. He should also expose the wrongdoings of his predecessors who turned Bihar into a Bimaru state.
Amar Pradhan, via email

Ahead of the next general elections, the NDA should nominate Nitish Kumar as their candidate for the PM’s post. Only honest politicians like him can pull the country out of the clutches of corrupt politicians and dynastic politics.
Aftab, via email

We're bowled over by cricket

India lags behind China, Japan, and Korea in the Asiad medals' tally. But don't blame the athletes for this. They have suffered because we are so obsessed with cricket. Cricketers, irrespective of their performance, are treated as gods by Indians.
H.N. Ramakrishna, Bangalore