The Left’s age of unreason
Apropos of the report Left gone, numbers game on (July 9), the Left Front has finally pulled the plug on the UPA government, a move which was never expected from the Leftists. Progress of the nation and policies of national or international importance amount to nothing for the communists when compared to politics. Prakash Karat should have discussed the agreement in detail and raised his objection earlier. Instead, he has gone to the extent of saying that an agreement with the US may not be in the interest of Muslims. Can all international agreements be put up for public voting to determine whether it is for or against the interest of a religious group?
Balachandran Pillai, Delhi
Amid all the hue and cry, the Left has finally implemented its threat to pull out over the Indo-US nuclear deal and announced withdrawal of support to the UPA government. Various commentators believe that signing the deal will in no way empower the US vis-a-vis India. We know how energy-deficient India is. We have lots of coal reserves, but it has a high content of ash and is a serious environmental problem. The comrades are nurturing their anti-US bias and refusing to see reason.
Gulam Jeelani, Delhi
By taking Mulayam Singh on board, the Congress leaders have outwitted Prakash Karat, who till date has issued numerous threats and deadlines for the Prime Minister to fall in line on the deal. It is bad practice in a democracy to put the largest coalition partner on notice and hold it to ransom. Unfortunately, Mulayam Singh is also a slippery customer. Let us hope this time he acts in the national interest and refrains from running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
UPA’s not home and dry yet
Pankaj Vohra in Sleeping with the enemy (July 7) rightly says that it is not easy to sleep with the enemy but sometimes compelling circumstances make this necessary to do so. It will not be easy to get along with the Samajwadi Party owing to its checkered past but it will not be too difficult either for they will partake as functionaries within the government. If the bonhomie endures till the UPA tenure is complete, it will be good for both the parties and the country.
RL Pathak, Delhi
The UPA must be relieved to get the Left off its back. The fall in economic growth and unparalleled inflationary trend is attributable to the CPI(M)’s ripping at the UPA’s ankles at every stage. Also, the government has not been able to introduce a proven delivery system of the grants and beneficiary schemes for the poor.
Samir Banerjee, Delhi