Move towards greater reality, Maya
With reference to the article Shades of maha Maya (Chanakya, March 25), Mayawati can return to power in UP if she works on enhancing her credibility, visibility and accessibility to the people. These qualities have become essential to becoming a successful leader in the new India. Her opulent lifestyle and megalomaniacal obsession with erecting her own statues has made her an object of ridicule. Remaining aloof from the masses only exposed her insecurity.
Yedendra Kumar, via email
Both read the signals wrong
Indrajit Hazra’s article Do the local motion (The Big Story, March 25) is a good analysis of the UP assembly poll results. In fact, the results should act as a wake-up call for the two national parties, the Congress and the BJP. They must ponder over why the people of the state preferred the apparent lawlessness of the SP instead of the two national parties. The Congress was way too dependent on Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra’s charisma. Both the Congress and the BJP failed to decide on a chief ministerial candidate, which made them appear indecisive.
Anil Sharma, via email
Hazra’s analysis of why the Congress and the BJP floundered in the UP polls makes the right points. In spite of the overtures made by the Congress, the Muslim voter has run back to the SP’s fold. A widely held feeling among the public is that the older leaders should have been kept away from campaigning and youthful leaders entrusted with this volatile state.
Manohar Lal Yadav, via email
It is not difficult for a regional party chief to reach out to the voters. But, a national party finds it hard to reach a consensus. The wrangling over the chief ministerial candidate in the BJP created confusion among the party’s hardcore voters. Rahul Gandhi’s development plank was affected by the needless controversy over the Muslim quota. Sonia Gandhi was correct when she said that the Congress had too many leaders.
Manoj Parashar, Ghaziabad
The private becomes public
In his article Porn to be leaders (Sunday Sentiments, March 25), Karan Thapar expresses concern about the irresponsible behaviour of our elected representatives. What the leaders indulge in privately can be nobody’s business. But such acts can’t be tolerated within the premises of the legislature.
Sharda Bhargav, Jalandhar
The ministers caught watching porn videos are being condemned by all. But why doesn’t anybody raise their voice against mainstream commercial films that border on pornography?
Sushmita Chatterjee, via email
Getting real in the city
Indrajit Hazra’s Here and Lucknow (Red Herring, March 25) was an interesting article that captured the essence as well as fluidity of the city. It was a different take, as journalists and columnists usually find it difficult to look beyond caste equ-ations when they write about UP. Lucknow is one of the few cities where if one is observant, there is no getting the mood wrong
Rupabh Shukla, Delhi
Those soaring problems
Aasheesh Sharma and Renuka Rao in An eye on sky scrapers (360 degree, March 25) are right in stating that more high-rise buildings are coming up across the country because of insufficient space on the ground. But an unregulated building spree has led to problems concerning water, electricity, transportation and sewerage.
Manish Chandra, via email