Chain of command

Writer’s contention that the army has a veto on matters of policy,which it has used on certain vital issues is both misleading and unfair.

Written by The Indian Express | Published: December 11, 2013 1:07 am

* This refers to ‘Disarming Kashmir’ by Shekhar Gupta (IE,December 7). The writer’s contention that the army has a veto on matters of policy,which it has used on certain vital issues is both misleading and unfair. Whether it is the question of Siachen or AFSPA,it is the duty of the army to submit its honest assessment of the consequences of policy decisions. What else would you have it do? It is for the political masters to then take a decision which they feel is appropriate.

— Ashok Karnik

Mumbai

Tough questions

* The editorial ‘Its own enemy’ (IE,December 10) is thought provoking. It should serve as a much-needed eye opener for the top brass of the Congress party. It’s astonishing that Sheila Dikshit,a three-time chief minister who is perceived to be quite close to the Gandhi family,has blamed her own party for not providing enough support to her campaign. She would be better advised to take full responsibility for the Congress’s embarrassing defeat in Delhi. The Congress “high command” has failed to properly understand the mood of the voters. Even now,Rahul Gandhi’s language makes us believe he’s simply going to do more of the same. There is no real introspection. For instance,one of the many questions the Congress should be asking is: what does its defeat in Rajasthan mean for its rights-based approach to welfare?

— S.K. Gupta

Panchkula

Not just the middle

* AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal not only defeated Sheila Dikshit in the South Delhi assembly constituency,but his party is just behind the BJP in terms of the number of assembly seats it won. This is indeed a rare feat for a party that is just a year old. The people who have voted for the AAP cut across different sections of society. It doesn’t just have the support of the “middle class”,as many analysts used to dismissively say about it. The AAP’s espousal of decentralisation,and financial and political transparency is encouraging.

— Farzana Z. Khan

Nagpur

Third fiddle

* The BJP should not take its”success” in the just concluded assembly elections for granted. Its leadership must not be fooled into believing its performance is a grand achievement or cause for jubilation. The party’s ability to win when pitted against the regional parties of the country’s east,Northeast and south is unproven. Indeed,when the voters have a third choice — as they did in Delhi — a significant number may not vote for either the Congress or the BJP.

— Shivaji K. Moitra

Kharagpur

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