Rahul Gandhi has chosen to swim at the shallow end
This refers to Rahul Gandhi's comment in Quote misquote (August 28), of being a foot soldier of tribals in Delhi. This is merely a ploy to rake in votes. If Rahul Gandhi was a true soldier, he would not sit quietly while Kashmir burns. Why can't he go and give the same assurance to the people of the Valley? Why is he not raising his voice on other issues like the rotting of grains, honour killings and our shoddy preparations for the Commonwealth Games? He seems to have chosen a soft target to show off his empathy with the people of India.
Arjun Sarin, via email
Uneasy lies the crown
Samar Halarnkar in Is Rahul ready? (Maha Bharat, September 2) has documented Rahul Gandhi's journey so far well. There are, however, a few gaps in his analysis. If the Congress is to win the next general elections, the projected prime ministerial candidate has to be one who can ensure that victory. The only way that Gandhi will be that person is if Manmohan Singh voluntarily steps aside, just as Sonia Gandhi did earlier to make way for him. As PM, Manmohan Singh is doing a decent job and the Congress would prefer not to rock the boat.
Sapan Garg, via email
Unclear on the nuclear Bill
With reference to the report N-Liability Bill to affect Indo-US ties (September 2), the passage of the Bill has prepared India to play second fiddle to the US. But we must not forget the US's track record and the role of the American State following the Bhopal disaster. The government needs to clarify as to how the import of costly nuclear reactors is going to solve our power shortage, if the people are to understand the logic behind the Nuclear Liability Bill.
Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad
A vicious circle of violence
Kanwal Sibal in A lose-lose situation (September 2) is right in arguing that separatist leaders in Kashmir are ready for a dialogue with Islamabad but not with New Delhi. Kashmir belongs to all of India and not just the Kashmiris. If we are still preserving the bullet marks at Jallianwala Bagh, then let us not be foolish enough to think that the Kashmiris will forget the bullets fired at them. Violence will only beget more violence.
G.S. Gill, Ludhiana
No excuse for inaction
With reference to the editorial India's empty underbelly (Our Take, September 2), everyone seems to be worried about the piles of rotting foodgrains except for the man responsible, Sharad Pawar. He must rise to the occasion and discharge the responsibility vested in him both by the electorate and the State.
Tushar Kumar, via email
What about the pedestrians?
Murad Ali Baig in The pile-up right ahead (September 1) is correct in pointing out the difficulties that automobile drivers in India face. But what about the pedestrians? Footpaths meant for pedestrians have been taken over by vendors, milk booths and two-wheelers, denying those on foot their right to walk in peace. The people continue to suffer but the authorities are unmoved.
R.J. Khurana, Bhopal
Much ado about nothing
With reference to Pratik Kanjilal's article No country for its own men (Speakeasy, August 28), the furore over the imagined insult to chess champion Viswanathan Anand needs to be nipped in the bud. We must not embarrass ourselves by making a big deal about a routine matter. In this case, a mere query about Anand's citizenship status should have sufficed, especially in view of his long stint abroad. What needs to be questioned, in fact, is the delay in clearing the files on such routine issues.
Sameer Pathak, Noida