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Some allies are new, but most problems are old

In And Now What? (Counterpoint, July 6), Vir Sanghvi has rightly commented that the Congress will now have to learn to cope with the allies of a different nature, ones with prickly egos and personal agendas.
By HT Correspondent | None
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2008 10:07 PM IST

In And Now What? (Counterpoint, July 6), Vir Sanghvi has rightly commented that the Congress will now have to learn to cope with the allies of a different nature, ones with prickly egos and personal agendas. His comment on Prakash Karat is not only in bad taste but shows that he does not know how the communists take decisions. Karat or Bardhan can't take policy decisions without any prior consultation with the party president or the working committee. These newfound allies may save the UPA government, but with the BJP bent on wresting power at the Centre, the Congress will have to pay a heavy price.

Narendra Tomar, via email

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Prakash Karat is a person who has never won a municipal election in his life, but does Manmohan Singh not fit this description also? I wonder how much his dream team knows about economics if its members do not know that poverty has increased, disparities have increased and that purchasing power has declined. Don't they see that after two decades of their brand of economics, 77 per cent of the people have to fend for themselves on Rs 20 per day even as a few Indians have amassed billions of dollars.

Gautam Navlakha, via email

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The Left, which could barely manage about 7 per cent votes in the last general elections, have held to ransom the whole nation and its development. The so-called ideological loyalty at the cost of national interest and a deafening silence on Chinese incursions in the North-east show the true colours of the Left. Whatever be the consequences of taking the Samajwadi Party's support to push the nuclear deal forward and ensure the UPA efforts in controlling prices, they will neither be as damaging nor as humiliating as the Left's self-righteous and arrogant approach.

Ved Guliani, Hissar

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The Sam difference

With reference to Karan Thapar’s Unbelievable or Deliberate? (Sunday Sentiments, July 6), I would like to say that Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was never the 'apple of the Congress-I'. The fact that the Air Force and Navy chiefs did not make it to his funeral suggests that they wanted to play it safe and not offend anyone in government. This was the best farewell the government and the armed forces could give to the late Field Marshal. It helps India understand what it takes to be a Sam Manekshaw.

Jasvinder Randhawa, via email

No lessons learnt

Kaushik Basu, in Universities and Archives (The Visible Hand, July 6), has rightly pointed out that our leadership is not attempting to improve higher education and attract talent to institutions of learning. They seem to be more interested in reservations and interfering in the autonomy of universities.

B.M. Mahajan, via email

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