This refers to Cops push into Taksim square,but protesters hold on to Gezi (IE,June 13). Erdogans last warning to anti-government protesters,ordering them to evacuate Gezi Park,smacks of belligerence. It seems he is getting ready to further suppress voices against his government. Resorting to violence against his own people has been a major mistake. The governments failure to read the peoples anger,which started out as opposition to a localised construction decision,but has now become a national movement,will cost them dearly. Erdogan must reflect on the lessons from the popular Arab Spring,which proved fatal for several ruling regimes.
The CBI has filed an FIR against the influential Congress MP Naveen Jindal,and ex-MoS for coal Dasari Narayan Rao in the coal block allocation case (Jindal firms bribed MoS to get coal blocks: CBI,IE,June 12). The Congress has been caught on the backfoot yet again. The CBI has done its job well by sniffing this corruption out. This is especially embarrassing for the Congress,given that two of its ministers had to resign on charges of impropriety only last month.
Putting up a front
This refers to the Back to front (IE,June 14). The constituents of the Third Front have personal agendas and no commonality of policies,programmes or ideology. It seems that talk of a Third Front only crops up near election time. Perhaps this is to let the two main national parties know that they are ready to be wooed,if the terms are suitable. Its not going to
be long before the Front dissolves when its constituents move to greener pastures.
No third way
As OF now,the Third Front has no future because,in order to form the government at the Centre without allying with either the BJP or Congress,a coalition of at least a dozen different political parties would have to be formed. A dozen parties means a dozen leaders and a dozen egos; not to forget,a dozen widely differing ideologies,votebanks and priorities. If the Third Front formed the Union government at the Centre,one wonders which party would get the coveted railway ministry. What our citizens need is an efficient government,not an inefficient Third Front.