Sanitation down the drain
Political drama, act II, scene 1
Apropos of Barkha Dutt’s article Their time starts now (July 5), the Samajwadi Party’s reasons for joining hands with the Congress are more about keeping the BJP out of power and less about the Indo-US nuclear deal. This testifies to the fact that political outfits are more interested in power than welfare of the country. The same goes for the Left.
Anandita Verma, via email
The political drama over the nuclear deal was expected. The Left was dictating terms for too long. The Congress-SP coalition can actually work in favour of both parties in the coming elections as their alliance might mark the end of Mayawati’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.
Snigdha Guha, Delhi
I agree with Barkha Dutt that the stage is all set for a high-level political drama. It seems the opposition parties have made up their mind that they will oppose every decision the government takes, no matter what might be in the national interest. The Opposition should engage in some constructive criticism.
Zafar Abbas, Delhi
The Congress has played political games by joining hands with the Samajwadi Party as it knows that in order to form the next government at the Centre, it has to win the maximum seats from UP. Though the Congress and the SP had earlier dithered on issues, now both the parties have now understood that to come to power they need to come together. This will help the UPA government to see the deal through in Parliament without any fuss.
Soma Biswas, Delhi
The biggest political hoax now is secularism. The parties professing it actually bank on communalism as they manoeuvre Muslim votes, knowing well that the Hindus stand divided on several grounds and religion is not their anchor. Samajwadi Party, for example, refused to ban the SIMI fearing a Muslim backlash. Is this not communalism? That said, one must say that Mulayam Singh has done the right thing in asking for the removal of the Finance Minister who has only promoted billionaires at the cost of the country’s poor.
JN Bhartiya, Lucknow
Nowhere Left to go
With reference to Sagarika Ghose’s article Red letter day (July 9), one thing has become clear. It is not ideology but leadership that has gone wrong for the Left. Maybe their ideology is anti-US, but it is their leaders who come out as anti-development. They have not given one good reason why they are against the nuclear deal. This deal will surely isolate the Left in national politics.
Amber Kumar, Ghaziabad
India has changed and communist ideology is now an anachronism. China, for example, is communist only for the record. Much as the CPI(M) wishes to portray itself as a national party, the hard reality is that it is a party with a regional base. And the base is declining as their ideology is not in tune with the current generation and its aspirations.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore
Power must be backed by policy
Apropos of Pramit Pal Chaudhuri’s article How to stop worrying and start loving (cheap) nuclear power (July 10), history shows a country can ramp up nuclear power production once it gets the right policies and politics in place. There is no limit to the amount of nuclear power India can generate, but only with an appropriate policy and politics to back it. On these two will depend whether India can seize the coming years.
M Sampathkumar, Delhi
Sanitation down the drain
NC Saxena in Flush, with success (July 10) has done well to focus on the prevailing conditions of sanitation in our country. He has dwelt on the measly provisions that were made available to the rural population. Poor hygiene is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of children every year due to diarrhoea alone. The government must pay attention to creation of much-needed space and allied infrastructure for public lavatories and urinals and ensure their upkeep under strict supervision.
Ram pathak, Delhi
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