We want to move ahead
It’s hard to agree with Vir Sanghvi’s views in The middle class leaves behind the BJP (Counterpoint, June 14). There are many high-profile, well-educated people who voted for the Congress, solely for its agenda of improving governance. It is not right to place the burden of the BJP’s defeat on the shoulders of any particular section of people. The middle class now comprises well-informed people who are aware of politics. The people rejected the BJP for its indifferent, irresponsible and callous attitude towards the serious issues that the country is grappling with, and for focusing instead on petty squabbles and one-upmanship.
Inderpal Singh, Jammu
The middle class has rejected parties like the BJP and Shiv Sena as it does not want the emergence of a Hindu Tailiban. But we should be wary of paying so much homage to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, since this is bound to limit its popularity and effectiveness. The BJP may have been rejected this time but it still has the potential to make a comeback. Team Congress must go beyond the coterie culture if it wishes to keep the BJP out for good. The middle class has not left the BJP behind, it has merely given the incumbent government another shot at fulfilling its promises.
Rajiv Sondhi, Bhopal
The reason I voted for the Congress is because I was scared to vote for any other party. The very thought of having Mayawati, Advani, Jayalalithaa or Lalu as prospective PMs was reason enough to choose Manmohan Singh and the Congress leadership, which appeared more clued in and hence made the choice easy for a whole lot of people. Rather than attribute the failure of the BJP to sheer middle class apathy, it’s time to acknowledge that the average Indian wants to have a decent life, wants to educate his children and live in a society where people can co-exist in harmony.
Lakshmi Kanchan, via email
Not a woman’s world
Apropos of Indrajit Hazra’s article The feminist manifesto (Red Herring, June 14), it is impossible to have a healthy debate on the reservation issue, as most people dismiss the issue with prejudice and disgust. This has undermined the atmosphere required to understand the relevance of reservations in India. To argue that reservations will help wipe out female foeticide is a tragic construction. Further, the reservation bill does not hamper aspirations of women. Women have repeatedly demonstrated their equality and superiority to men, and it’s time that men understood this. Hazra’s arguments seem to pay lip-service to obnoxious beliefs about equality in a feudal household. His contention that women’s participation in most professions is on the rise, and hence there is no need for quotas, is a flawed argument.
Jasraman Grewal, via email
I am sure no capable woman is keen to enter Parliament through reservation, for the issue of women’s quota in Parliament questions their capability. And if emancipation of women is a real concern, maybe educating them so that they can fight and win elections on their own steam will solve the problem more efficiently. I don’t know why our politicians shy away from the idea of women’s emancipation.
Aditi Jain, via email
While men are busy opposing quotas for women in legislatures, women might be wondering why, after all the pain they go through to bring men into this world, they have to fight for 33 per cent reservation of seats in Parliament. In fact, if we leave things as they are, the time is not far when men will be fighting for reserved seats instead. This century belongs to women.
BM Singh, Amritsar