Modi must say sorry for the riots if he wants a larger political role
With reference to the editorial Make a small gesture now (Our Take, April 11), Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi must try to improve his image among the people of the country. It is true that he has done a lot for Gujarat but for the people outside the state, such a record means nothing. Moreover, all parts of the state have not progressed equally under him. For example, the people in the tribals areas of the state suffer from high levels of malnutrition. If the Gujarat chief minister wants to run for the top political post in the country, he will have to express regret for the 2002 riots. Without doing so, he can never win a general election. But the sad part is that even after winning the assembly elections twice, Modi is still adamant about not saying sorry. It only shows that he is not confident about his position and wants to play the communal card over and over again to win elections.
--R Malhotra, Mumbai
Marching to the wrong tune
With reference to the report Army chief says Vectra boss behind R14-cr offer (April 12), the nexus between politicians and arms dealers is nothing new. The present controversy over the procurement process is a negative signal for the rank and file of the army and it must be stopped immediately.
--SPS Rekhi, via email
We must not come a cropper
This refers to Samar Halarnkar's Not much on the plate (Maha Bharat, April 12). Like Brazil, India must also set up a system through which the poor can get subsidised and nutritious food. Besides this, we also must try to control our growing population and stop wastage of food in storage. However, to ensure food for all, we will have to improve agricultural productivity and ensure that are no dips in the production cycle of major crops.
--R Gupta, via email