Watch what you say, Mr Thackeray
The report We’ll be more aggressive now (November 2) calls for appropriate action to be taken against Raj Thackeray. In a democracy, every political group has the right to frame its policies. But such statements reflect Thackeray’s vengeful attitude towards non-Marathis. It is important for the state government to intervene and ask him to maintain his calm. Even the media should not encourage such politicians who shy away from dealing with real issues.
PK Srivastav, via email
VIP security, a matter of concern
It is unfortunate to learn that a man lost his life due to VIP security that fatally delayed his entry into a hospital (PM secure, but man loses life, November 4). The incident speaks volumes about the unnecessary importance that is accorded to the safety of VIPs, which usually comes at the cost of public inconvenience. Issuing an official apology now will be of no help to the family of the deceased.
K Venkataraman, Delhi
Review the policy, restore peace
Sitaram Yechury’s article One-point agenda (Left Hand Drive, November 3) rightly states that recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan show how the US’s Af-Pak policy has failed. The US, in its eight-year-long stay in the region, has been unable to either establish peace or foster development. All it wants is to take control of the entire Persian Gulf region and its oil reserves. It’s time that America reviews its Af-Pak policy to curb terrorism and restore peace in these areas.
Ejaz Zia, Delhi
Vote for candidates, not parties
The report Koda empire from Africa to Mumbai (November 3) should remind people of their responsibility to choose our leaders wisely. Indians suffer from a bad habit of voting for the party instead of the candidate. To us, party is above its representatives, who are generally corrupt and incapable of governing their constituencies.
Surinder Pal, Delhi
An unconventional leader
I congratulate Pankaj Vohra for his article The original aam aadmi leader (Between Us, November 2) on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Vohra mentioned every important incident of Gandhi’s political career except the Punjab crisis, which cost Gandhi her life. There is no doubt that she was a visionary who had the courage to take bold and unconventional decisions.
Krishna Bajpai, Faridabad
She practised what she preached
Ashok Parthasarathi’s views on Indira Gandhi’s austerity drive in Leading the way (October 30) are correct. In the capacity of her personal assistant, I recall how she was particular about small things like switching off the lights before leaving a room or cutting down the number of cars in her cavalcade. She insisted that we judiciously use the single-side printed teleprinter paper, on which I had taken down innumerable dictations from her. Once I was even rebuked for wasting a sheet of paper by writing only one name on it. Such seemingly irrelevant incidents highlight how Mrs Gandhi’s austerity drive was not a gimmick.
R.K. Sikri, via email
Green India, clean India
It is encouraging to learn that the per capita levels of emissions of Indian cities are comparatively lower than their richer counterparts abroad (Indian cities are emission babes, November 2). But these ratings should be based on a parameter that compares the emission rate in absolute terms. The density of the cities is not the best yardstick to measure carbon emissions.
Anmol Soni, via email