Secrets and spies
*This refers to Intelligence Failure (IE,June 15),with which I entirely agree. The UPA government has pitched the IB against the CBI in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. These two agencies are independent (or at least they should be) and function based on leads they receive from different sources. For its effective functioning,the IB,which has its own informers and channels to get information on different issues,should be allowed to keep its sources confidential. All over the world,such sensitive agencies are granted this privilege. In pitting the CBI against the IB,the Central government has opened a Pandoras box. Making the revelation of sources necessary will jeopardise the IBs intelligence gathering capabilities. This will have serious repercussions and is not desirable.
P.R. Achuthan Nair
* THIS refers to Politics,not principle by Jaya Jaitley (IE,June 20). After snapping a 17-year-old alliance with the BJP,and having won the confidence vote in the Bihar Assembly with the help of the Congress,Nitish Kumar launched a harsh attack on his Gujarat counterpart. It is more than clear that Nitishs grouse is with Narendra Modis elevation in the BJP. Nitishs and the Congresss strategy,however,seems to be to frighten minorities into voting for them. Nitish forgets that in 2002,he was the railway minister in the Vajpayee government. At that time,he preferred to stay in office. Perhaps,then,the truth is that Nitish harbours aspirations to emerge as the prime ministerial candidate of the Third Front,which is why he broke away from the NDA.
*THIS refers to Evolution of Modis self branding: CM rubs shoulders with Atal on schoolbags (IE,June 21). The misuse of government funds for ones publicity is wrong. Aside from Narendra Modi,Sheila Dikshit is also using government resources,in the form of newspaper advertisements,for her personal gain. Chief ministers using government ambulances and freebie laptops as advertising space is also not unheard of,but it is patently incorrect. On a related note,it is unfair that Dikshit is trying to ban advertisements on autorickshaws,possibly because this relatively cheaper medium is widely used by a certain other political party.
*This refers to Murder she said (IE,June 21). Mamata Banerjee recently completed her second year in office. One would have thought that,by now,good judgement would have become second nature. However,her latest outbursts reiterate the commonly held belief that she has failed to adapt from being a firebrand opposition leader to being a pragmatic and worldly chief minister. Her poriborton slogan should apply to herself too. The prospect of the Left returning to power in the future is still worrying for the people,so Banerjee still has time to change. However,one can only hope against hope.