* This refers to ‘Modi govt abetted and pushed 2002 riots further, we didn’t in ‘84: Rahul’ (IE, January 28). Having watched Rahul Gandhi’s first interview in a decade, which he gave to a TV channel, I was struck by his evasive attitude towards several questions asked by his interviewer in the context of his remarks against Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots. The judiciary has cleared Modi against charges of involvement in the riots. Gandhi’s repetition of his pet phrases like “systemic change” seemed like hollow rhetoric and rather phoney. If the young leader was sincere and serious, by now he would have introduced elections for his and his mother’s posts. This would have been a good first step to achieve the “systemic change” he so desires. If his party has been unable to achieve change in all these years in power, why should we believe that systemic change will be forthcoming if it is elected back to power?
— M. Ratan
* Both the 1984 and 2002 riots are comparable and similar. In both cases, the riots were preceded by the killing of unarmed persons. In both cases, the people in power were mute spectators and supported or condoned the perpetrators of heinous crimes. In both cases, some members of the ruling party have been held guilty by courts of law. The central figure in power at the time and place of the riots has not been punished in either case. Rahul Gandhi’s claim that the Congress tried to stop the 1984 riots is
— H.K. Kulkarni
* This refers to ‘AAP’s identity crisis’ by Niraja Gopal Jayal (IE, January 28). The writer has found fault with the AAP and hasn’t given it the benefit of doubt, let alone the credit for fulfilling two major electoral promises immediately after coming to power. Like any new party, the AAP is facing teething troubles and may have made some mistakes. But at least its intentions are pure. It just needs some time. This is more than can be said for other political parties.
— Tarsem Singh
* This refers to ‘Bitter parting’ (IE, January 28). For short-term electoral gains, the Congress is promoting discord that will outlive the benefits for the party. In the present circumstances, with little spade work having been done, it is unbelievable that even the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh was not fully taken into confidence.
— M.K.D. Prasada Rao