* This refers to Limits of people power by Ranjit Gupta (IE,September 16). A political analyst must exercise extreme caution while analysing and pronouncing a verdict on the political landscape of other countries. Guptas examination of Mohamed Morsis government relied on interpreting the proportion of the votes polled in Morsis favour in the presidential elections and the referendum. He felt they indicated the lack of mass support for the Muslim Brotherhoods conservatism. But if we used that same yardstick to evaluate Indian democracy,we might have to conclude that it is no better than Egypts. In fact,the vote
and seat shares of the ruling party in India are usually lower than what Morsi got. Gupta also asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood established an Islamist dictatorship. I beg to differ. They won an election fair and square. It was no dictatorship.
* This refers to NDA 2 needs Atal 2 by Sudheendra Kulkarni (IE,September 17). The BJP is a cadre-based party,unlike most other political parties,with the exception of the communists. But who comprise the cadres of the BJP? The swayamsevaks do. That the opinion of the BJP cadre is conveyed to the party via the RSS top brass is not something to be ashamed of. This kind of party democracy is a matter of pride. Can one seriously call this interference? L.K. Advanis reservations were given a fair hearing and he has now accepted the partys decision. If Advani was in the Congress,he would have lost his place in the party by now. It is a matter of pride that the BJP respects dissent.
* This refers to the editorial The last reactor (IE,September 17). Japan has overreacted to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster by turning off all its nuclear reactors. The Fukushima incident was tragic and catastrophic,and Japanese antipathy towards nuclear energy is justified and understandable,but its sudden shift towards non-renewable energy will be a drag on its economy. Hopefully,the nuclear safety audits will assuage the Japanese peoples fears so they can go back to using nuclear energy.
Asleep on the job
* This refers to Ranbaxy gets 3rd USFDA shocker for Mohali Plant (IE,September 17). It is shocking that in spite of having been pulled up by the US authorities in the past,Ranbaxy has failed to learn any lessons in quality control. One wonders what the Indian regulators are doing. How is it that Ranbaxys subpar drugs havent made their radars beep?