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Obama must rise to the occasion and finish what he started in 2008

india Updated: Nov 11, 2012 22:18 IST

With reference to the editorial It’s not going to be an easy ride (Our Take, Nove-mber 8), US President Barack Obama, who won a second term last week, will not have it easy this time round. The US President has too many problems to handle: a fiscal showdown, rising unemployment, a divided Congress, the nuclear stand-off with Iran and an exit plan from Afghanistan. He must rise to the occasion and finish the job that he started during his first term. As far as India is concerned, we must take a cue from American politics and shun vote-bank politics that is eroding our governance structure. Our leaders should engage in constructive debates instead of spending time at television studios. Moreover, our politicians must also learn to concede defeat gracefully with dignity and honour the way Republican candidate Mitt Romney did.
G David Milton, via email

By and large, the world is happy with Obama’s re-election. As for India, we are more likely to gain from this development. In the last four years, New Delhi has worked hard on its relationship with the US and now it’s time to strengthen it.
MC Joshi, Delhi

Why just blame Hindusism
Sagarika Ghose in Trapped in a sieve (Bloody Mary, November 9) is right in stating that a modern Indian woman’s life is a paradox. But it is unfair to blame Hinduism only; other religions are also prejudiced against women.
Aparna Pal, via email