* Wednesdays bomb blast outside the BJP office in Bangalore highlights the urgent need to clamp down on terrorists (Terror strikes Bangalore again,17 injured in blast outside BJP office,IE,April 18). Luckily,there were no casualties this time. It is sad,however,that senior Congress party leader Shakeel Ahmed should tweet that the blast would help the BJP in next months assembly polls in Karnataka. The Congress has distanced itself from the comment but it has certainly vitiated the atmosphere.
Yash P. Verma
No exit plan
* THIS refers to Generation exit by Adam Roberts (IE,April 18). The middle class in our country is always seen complaining about old politicians and dynastic rule. But how many middle-class families want their sons and daughters to make a career in politics instead of becoming doctors and engineers? Unless there is a drastic change in the attitude of the middle class,it is meaningless to complain about the lack of young leaders.
Ketan R. Meher
Send a message
* THE editorial Being on message (IE,April,18) points out the importance of effective communication skills if the Congress party is to make up for lost ground. Lack of interaction has hit the party badly in recent times. None of the partys top leaders seems comfortable with the art of speaking. Many of its official spokespersons are caught napping on television debates and their lack of homework is evident. The Congress has to find ways to air its views on the party and the coalition. More often than not,people get the distinct impression that different leaders among UPA allies are given free rein. They express opinions that are often detrimental to the governments smooth functioning. The party appears undecided on what should constitute a personal view,going by the remarks made by Congress leaders that are later disowned by the party.
* THIS refers to A class of his own by Christophe Jaffrelot (IE,April 17). Though Narendra Modi has brought services to the tribal belt,the quality of these services leaves much to be desired. I worked as a gynaecologist in the tribal area of Dharampur,in south Gujarat. I found that the problems of anaemia in pregnant mothers,premature delivery and low birth-weights are still prevalent. One reason for this could be that the focus is more on quantity rather than quality. In the place I was working alone as a gynaecologist,there were about 60-70 patients to be seen every day and 10 deliveries daily,on an average. It is physically impossible for a single doctor to handle this much,and the quality of service goes down. One may argue that at least a facility has been built where there was none. But the indices of outcome do not improve.