Down to business
This refers to ‘Two states’ (IE, June 2). Both K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) and N. Chandrababu Naidu have their task cut out. While Naidu has a proven record in administration, it is KCR who will be watched with anxiety and hope since he is a rookie administrator. KCR has to fulfil the promises made to the people of Telangana during his fight for a new state. He has to prove that carving out a new state was indeed the need of the hour and not just an excuse for accruing personal glory and power. Both he and Naidu should work with a sense of responsibility and commitment to the people of their respective states. They should work out the details of power-sharing by ensuring hassle-free division of labour, water and electricity.
— Ganapathi Bhat
APROPOS of the editorial ‘The control panel’ (IE, June 2), the creation of EGoMs or GoMs to defer decision-making was routine during the UPA’s term. As your editorial suggests, these groups had come to exemplify delay, argument and buck-passing. PM Narendra Modi has put his trust in the bureaucracy. To say Modi intends to govern in a presidential manner, concentrating authority in a small core team, may be going too far. Modi has given bureaucrats the authority to do what was their job in the first place.
— M.C. Joshi
Seize the moment
This refers to the editorial, ‘Focus on Beijing’ (IE, May 31). The newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should not miss the opportunity offered by the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to strengthen ties between the two countries. Relations between India and China have been edgy for over five decades now, ever since the Indo-China war of 1962. Modi must do all that needs to be done to improve relations not only in the economic sphere but also in resolving the border dispute. Modi must not miss this invaluable opportunity in the interest of the nation.
— R.K. Kapoor
So far, so good
This refers to ‘Talk less’ by Shekhar Gupta (IE, May 31).The BJP’s overwhelming majority and wide winning margins of its candidates show that a “Modi wave” has swept all Indians irrespective of caste,religion and language. They have reposed faith in Narendra Modi, who hasn’t disappointed during these early days — he has clearly shown willingness to engage with internal and external affairs right from the first day of assuming office. Modi has moved away from the rhetoric of his electioneering days. His colleagues must take note of this. Gupta has rightly pointed out, “particularly as India has become more federalised, Article 370 is losing relevance”. Decentralisation of power is necessary to expedite growth.
— M.K. Mahapatra