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‘The glorious certainties’ (IE,April 18) spells out the realities behind the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Regional,communal....


April 21, 2009 12:56:02 am

•SHEKHAR GUPTA’S ‘The glorious certainties’ (IE,April 18) spells out the realities behind the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Regional,communal,casteist rhetoric will not help the non-performers any more. The assembly results in Delhi,Madhya Pradesh,Gujarat and Chhattisgarh prove that.

— Raj Bharadwaj

Panchkula

•The Glorious Certainties’ rightly analyses the backdrop to the Parliamentary polls. Ramadoss,Paswan,Kumaraswamy and Ajit Singh are however here to stay,despite their not too impressive track records. The article rightly implies that party manifestos and promises matter little today. People vote more intelligently now. Nevertheless,they deserve better than a conglomerate of incompatible coalition partners. This certainly compromises the very performance that voters look out for.

— A.K. Saxena Delhi

Naming them right

•Shekhar Gupta’s inferences and conclusions are as accurate as can be,given the uncertainty of Lok Sabha elections in general. However,one would question the rationale behind citing the “secular” criterion for ruling out the Left,SP,RJD and Muslim League supporting an NDA government. If they stay out of a formation because they need the votes of a particular community,can they still be called “secular”?

— Jai Prakash Gupta

Ambala

Scary picture

•Shekhar Gupta’s engaging analysis of the post-election scenario underscores the importance of good governance at the state level to win nationally. The article also points out the availability of credible alternatives to beat poor performers. But it leads to the ominous inference that the country is likely to be ruled by neither a strong party nor a strong coalition but,most likely,by a weakened national party heavily dependent on smaller parties with shifting loyalties. Add to this the number of PM hopefuls. What a frightful picture of the new government that is!

—Y.G. Chouksey Pune

Castle in the air

•This refers to the report ‘Kanshi Ram Memorial…’ (IE,April 19) and the editorial ‘A piece of sky’ (IE,April 20). This issue once again showcases Mayawati’s obsession with her late mentor’s memorials and statues and her own. Rs 370 crore of tax-payers’ money should have been used for the uplift of the poor Dalits the Uttar Pradesh is supposed to represent. Alternatively,that money could have helped UP itself,the economic condition of which is far from sound.

— M. Ratan New Delhi

Final blow?

•It’s disappointing that the ICC has decided to drop Pakistan as a co-host for the 2011 cricket World Cup (‘No World Cup in Pak…’,IE,April 18). After the postponement of last year’s Champions Trophy,it’s more sad news for Pakistani cricket fans. Since the international community didn’t hesitate to bail Pakistan’s economy out,this imminent isolation of Pakistani cricket could have been avoided.

— Manoj Parashar

Greater Noida

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