Bengal's CM doth protest too much
The article Mess, mayhem, Mamata (Chanakya, April 7) rightly points out the cruel ironies of Mamata Banerjee's Bengal where the chief minister detects a conspiracy even in complaints of rape. It is with good reason that her ability to govern is being doubted. Blaming the CPI(M) and Maoists isn't going to wish away the troubles of West Bengal. If its CM continues to undermine the importance of civility, she will jeopardise her own political future.
GK Arora, Delhi
A convincing victory in the last assembly elections seems to have convinced Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool that the people of West Bengal can be taken for granted. Banerjee's frequent outbursts only help exaggerate her frustration and failures.
MG Achhab, via email
It has taken two to tango
Indrajit Hazra's article A two-handed clap (Red Herring, April 7) draws on a reference from popular culture that makes for an interesting political comparison. While music director-duos like Shankar-Jaikishan proved true the adage 'ek se bhale do' (two are better than one), the partnership between Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi has been equally fruitful. It seems only inevitable that the pair will soon be able to claim a decade of cooperation. If they are together able to tackle issues like inflation, corruption and women's safety, the Congress might have another double innings to look forward to in 2014.
RK Kapoor, via email
Despite severe criticism from the media and the Opposition, the working relationship between Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi must be considered successful. It seems peculiar that both these tall leaders were reluctant politicians at first. Sonia Gandhi was pushed into the political fray after the death of her husband Rajiv and a seemingly academic Manmohan Singh had initially accepted the prime minister's post only after Sonia Gandhi had turned it down. Each of these politicians have come a long way since, and though unusual, their partnership has been strong enough to withstand many odds.
CP Chinda, Delhi
Speaking of unfair comparisons
With reference to Karan Thapar's article On Speaker terms (Sunday Sentiments, April 7), a simple analysis of Australian blogs and tweets helps reveal a picture of the Australian House of Representative that is at odds with the author's description. Australia's current and 43rd Parliament is the first in its history to have three Speakers. Members of the House are often loud, crass and argumentative, making it rather difficult for the Speakers to maintain order. While a general unruliness may be common to both Parliaments, a comparison does feel unfair since the Australian House of Representatives has only 150 seats while the Lok Sabha has 545. Our Speakers certainly have their task cut out.
Harshan Nair, via email
India's business is not business
With reference to Gaurav Choudhury's article Business blocks (The Big Story, April 7), it has been rightly noted that when compared to the world's leading economies, India lags behind on almost every parameter of doing business. New businesses often avoid India because of entrenched red tapism. Laxity and corruption force entrepreneurs to take their business elsewhere. Unless we started expediting the process of approval and implementation, India will remain at the bottom of the business pile. Sadly, we will only have ourselves to blame for that plight.
Gagandeep, via email
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