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This refers to Karan Thapar's article Man of his word (Sunday Sentiments, March 13). Arjun Singh may have been a man of his word, but he was certainly not a principled politician.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2011 22:57 IST

Arjun Singh was a statesman, but not one of principles
This refers to Karan Thapar's article Man of his word (Sunday Sentiments, March 13). Arjun Singh may have been a man of his word, but he was certainly not a principled politician. If so he wouldn't have broken rules to do a favour for Thapar by granting school admission to his driver's children. He should have asked Thapar to follow the standard procedure for school admissions.
Siddhartha Suripunj, Delhi

Some people regarded Singh as a Gandhi-Nehru loyalist. But, as Thapar rightly states, he was an original thinker and someone who lived a highly disciplined life. Unlike many present-day politicians, Singh always put national interest above personal interest. Certainly, he will always be remembered as an astute politician and statesman.
RL Pathak, Delhi

Going back to his roots
Khushwant Singh in his article Of old friends and Ghalib's poetry (With Malice Towards One and All, March 13) brilliantly recounts the memories of the relationship between his ancestors and the antecedents of Maneka Gandhi's mother, Amteshwar Anand. The description of their contributions and achievements in agriculture and cattle breeding, and the royal honour to one of their ancestors made for interesting reading. Singh indeed pays a sincere and everlasting tribute to his progenitors.
Prerna Arora, via email

It's either the DMK's way or the highway
Cho Ramaswamy asks an important question to the Congress - why is it putting its reputation at stake by giving in to the demands of the DMK (Stale upma for the UPA, Sunday Guest Column, March 13)? The recent stand-off between the two over seat-sharing, ahead of the assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, exposes the high levels of rot in the DMK. But, as Ramaswamy rightly points out, seat-sharing is not the real bone of contention.

M Karunanidhi is angry with the UPA for asking the CBI to speed up its inquiry into the 2G scam, in which many DMK ministers are allegedly involved.
Shaikh Sharful Islam, Mumbai

Ramaswamy rightly states that the DMK needs the Congress more at the moment. A 'go-it-alone' policy will benefit the Congress in the long-run. People in Tamil Nadu are unhappy with the DMK, which is being seen as Karunanidhi's family business more than a political party in the light of the 2G scam. Breaking ties with the DMK will also give the Congress the leeway to order probes into the various corruption cases against DMK politicians.
Raj Sharma, via email

Nepotism is not new to Indian politics. But it's crossed all limits in Tamil Nadu. Politicians like Karunanidhi and his family members are making a mockery of our democracy. The DMK has redefined corruption in politics and its chief has mastered the art of making the government dance to his tune. Unfortunately for the nation, the UPA has given in to its bullying tactics.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email

Educating the UPA
Manas Chakravarty in Schooled to succeed (Loose Canon, March 13) reminded me of a recent news report about a driver whose son got admission in all the five schools to which he had applied while his employer's child couldn't make it to even one. This shows that the UPA is so busy pleasing the economically weaker sections that it has no time to attend to the needs of the middle class.
GK Arora, Delhi

Chakravarty's analysis is thought-provoking. The school authorities should not harass parents in the name of verifying their credentials during the admission process. They should ask relevant questions and try to understand parents' problems too.
Saptarshi Das, Kolkata

A taxing proposition
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article The tipping point (Red Herring, March 13), the government should revoke the income tax to solve issue of black money and come up with alternative taxes to collect revenue. Once income tax is abolished, large sums of money will be pumped into the economy, which will eventually add to India's development.
M Kumar, via email

Hazra's analysis makes for interesting reading. The quality of service in an eatery usually decides the amount a customer pays the staff as tip. In very rare cases, people pay tips out of habit, irrespective of whether they liked or disliked their eating experience. But it was surprising to read Hazra asking for tips from the readers of his column!
Shaikh Rahat Jahan, Mumbai

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