No frontrunners so far in the minefield of UP politics this time
The editorial The ups and downs of UP (February 4) is an accurate picture of political parties in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. UP chief minister Mayawati is suffering thanks to her isolation from the masses, while the BJP is still tainted by the Babri Masjid episode. One is not sure whether the Congress’s strategy of garnering Muslim and BPL votes will succeed. At this moment, it is only the Samajwadi Party that seems to be in a position of some strength because of the expected support from the Muslim community.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
A hollow ring to the argument
With reference to the editorial On the same wavelength (Our Take, February 3), the Supreme Court’s decision to revoke the telecom licences issued during former telecom minister A Raja's tenure is a sharp reprimand to the UPA. Since the 2G spectrum scam was a major one, it is unfair to put the blame solely on Raja. The responsibility rests with the entire Cabinet headed by the prime minister, as it was a collective decision of the government to issue these licences.
Ramachandran Nair, Oman
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal's argument that the policy of first-come-first-served was introduced by the NDA and the UPA simply followed it is ridiculous. The UPA cannot justify its errors by blaming the previous government. The UPA should have detected the loss to the exchequer from the spectrum auction. Also, the principle of collective responsibility cannot be given a go-by.
JN Bhartiya, Hyderabad
It's a way of life with Indians
This refers to the report 42% of India's youth have paid a bribe (Hindustan Times Youth Survey 2012, February 2012). I believe that barring a handful of people, every adult Indian has paid a bribe at some point in his life. Bribes are an integral part of our system and both officials and people share the blame for encouraging corruption in India. If the Indian youth wants a solution, it should pressure the government to pass a strong Lokpal Bill.
Puneet Babbar, via email
It is difficult to believe that only 42% of India's youth have paid a bribe. It seems that some of the responders in the survey have either lied or haven't walked into a public office. We often talk about corrupt politicians but it is the bureaucrats who are keeping corruption alive in the country.
Vijay, via email
It is not a contagion
I don't agree with Samar Halarnkar's views of dark nationalism in Triumph of measles (Maha Bharat, February 2) as the ethos of a large and diverse country like India is very different from one like Turkey. Nationalism cannot be called the measles of mankind. If we remain within bounds, nationalistic fervour will not be able to affect the freedom of expression.
GN Prasad, via email
Don't breach limits of privacy
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rightly asked fans and the media to respect Yuvraj Singh's privacy (Yuvi fighting ‘curable' cancer, February 06). Singh is a public figure but that doesn't give journalists the right to interfere with his personal life. We wish Singh a speedy recovery.
Ritika Malik, via email