What makes men nervous:
Losing out to women Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh’s disregard for women, as exposed by his linking the Women’s Reservation Bill to eve-teasing, is appalling. The Bill was passed in the Upper House to give women the power to have a say in policy-making and matters of national importance. Unlike Yadav’s interpretation of the Bill, it is not to “fill Parliament with the kind of women who invite catcalls and whistles”. His spiteful remarks expose our male politicians’ conservative attitude and their fear of losing out to women in the future.
Ankita Biswas, Jamshedpur
Unite to firm up our foreign policy
Ramachandra Guha’s article Bind spots (History Matters, March 24) stating the need for bipartisan politics, while taking into account various internal issues, fails to address the one problem that can be resolved only if our political parties unite against it. It is our foreign policy that needs urgent attention. The US, in its attempts to evict its forces from Afghanistan, is appeasing Pakistan. It’s also backtracked on the Headley case. The government and the Opposition should unite and make it clear to the Obama administration that the US is making a mistake by turning a blind eye to our concerns.
Paying for official mistakes
With reference to the report To pay for the Games (March 23), the common man is already reeling under the price rise and heavy taxation. A further increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and CNG will lead to an increase in the prices of almost all essential goods and services. Lack of planning and corruption in political circles are the real roadblocks in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games. But, unfortunately, the common man is being made to pay the price for the government’s mistakes.
Aman Sabharwal, via email