Bengal in turmoil
* This refers to the attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the states finance minister,Amit Mitra,and the subsequent violence unleashed by Trinamool Congress workers in West Bengal. The question is,who should be blamed for triggering the whole episode? Perhaps blame can be laid at Banerjees door. First,instead of investigating the death of the SFI student in Kolkata,she flatly rejected all allegations directed at the police there. This insensitivity played a huge role in stoking anger among people. Second,she paid no heed to the Delhi Polices request to drive into Yojana Bhawan premises to avoid a confrontation with the protesters. It is unfair of her to blame the Delhi Police and claim that the city is not safe when,clearly,it was her own casual attitude and foolhardiness that brought on the incident.
Tenzin Y. Sharchokpa
* APROPOS Revolutionary conservative (IE,April 10) by Pratap Bhanu Mehta,there seem to be some similarities between Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the late Margaret Thatcher. Both replaced state-imposed collectivism with a culture of individualism and entrepreneurship,using the power of the state in an authoritarian manner,undermining civil liberties,and cold-shouldering institutions that were thought to be driven by progressive liberal values. Both are associated with an aura of political infallibility and,in the process,have turned into divisive figures. Modi is on the threshold of a major role in politics. Both the BJP and Modi might draw lessons from Thatchers personal style of leadership and her black and white approach to policymaking.
* THE article by Asit K. Biswas on the deterioration of urban water services was very accurate (Urban pipe dreams,IE,April 10). The quality of water in urban areas is so bad that that one cannot consume it until it is filtered. Ultimately,one has to shell out money for purifiers. Moreover,there is a lot of mismanagement in water services. Water does not come at a particular time,making life difficult for people in urban areas.
* THIS refers to the editorial Keep on speaking (IE,April 10). It is good that leaders are speaking. But they have to speak because elections are around the corner. People will come to know about their capacities and dreams for India. We can now decide if they truly deserve to lead the country. Most of the time,politicians are engaged in blame games. So it is heartening if they devote time to devising some concrete plans to serve the nation. They must also be made accountable for promises they make during election campaigns.