The Gujarat model of development is only visible to Gujaratis
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai's Making a connection (Beyond The Bite, August 23), the author's comparison between Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi is flawed. Modi's Gujarat model is visible only to Gujaratis, the rest of the nation sees him as one who believes in aggressive Hindu nationalism, which when translated in practical terms means cornering minorities. Appa-llingly, a section of urban Hindu youth has fallen to the divisive ideology of the forces that Modi represents. If Modi has been able to connect with a section, he has also succeeded in alienating a large section, especially Muslims.
Javed Jamil, New Delhi
The author has rightly said that "So what if he (Modi) carries the badge of authoritarianism and the baggage of control of 2002 riots he talks our language of growth targets and delivery is the prevailing youth narrative". Despite his shortcomings Modi was voted back to power in Gujarat for a record third time only for his development activities. It is good to see Modi speak unlike Manmohan Singh whose deafening silence on crucial matters has just earned him flak and ridicule.
NR Ramachandran, Ooty
Appropriating an icon
Rahul Jayaram's review of Jyotirmaya Sharma's book Cosmic Love and Human Apathy (Fork in the path, August 17) lacks objectivity. It is sad that the author of the book and Jayaram have got it all wrong about Swami Viveka-nanda. For one, the reviewer does not tell us enough about how the Swami 'restated' in respect of Hinduism. Vivekananda's altruism, as I understand it, was aimed at the social and economic transformation of colonised India, not fortifying Hindu spirituality.
Amiya P Sen, New Delhi