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Cold light of office

The writer’s reflections on the AAP movement and the lessons it holds for Indian politics are interesting.

Written by The Indian Express | Published: October 12, 2013 2:51:47 am

* This refers to ‘AAP and them’ by Pratap Bhanu Mehta (IE,October 8). The writer’s reflections on the AAP movement and the lessons it holds for Indian politics are interesting. Ironically,change is difficult in a democracy. Leaders like Indira Gandhi and Bansi Lal,whose administrative styles were dictatorial,succeed in bringing about change. The reason why democratic polities are slow to transform is because while elections bring about a change in the leadership,the underlying administration structure remains the same. When electrifying electoral rhetoric comes face to face with reality,compromises are struck. Barack Obama’s experience fortifies the notion that politics is the art of compromise. For instance,his promise to dismantle the Guantanamo facility looked very different in the cold light of office. The AAP is a work in progress. Its commitment to its causes can only be tested after the elections.

— R. Chopra


Elder statesman

* For quite sometime,Sachin Tendulkar’s performance has been below expectations. Even though the media is celebrating his career after he announced his intent to retire after his 200th Test match,it has,for a while now,been pressing him to call it a day. Be that as it may,the BCCI should devise a way to include him in some aspects of its functioning,so that it might benefit from his vast breadth of experience. The batting maestro must continue to mentor younger players in the Indian cricket team. Mini Kapoor was right to observe (‘Sachin’s next innings’,IE,October 11) that Sachin’s international experience outstrips the next most experienced player’s in the team by a long shot. His mere presence in the dressing room can rejuvenate players to give it their best. His advice can be of immense value,especially at crucial moments of a match.

— Ketan R. Meher


* This refers to ‘End of an opus’ (IE,October 11). I’ve been following Sachin Tendulkar’s career closely since the 1996 World Cup when I was an eight-year-old. I lost both my parents,and my sister and I were grievously injured in an accident that year. When I awoke the day after the accident,I learnt that Sachin had just taken India to victory in a world cup match against Pakistan. That made me feel a little better. It was as if Sachin had consoled me on the worst day of my life. Recently,Sachin rated that very innings as his favourite

ODI innings.

— Anoop Srinivas Bhat


Thinking young

* This refers to the editorial ‘All in the mind’ (IE,October 11). I agree that age alone is no guarantee that a leader will either be progressive or liberal or a good administrator. As most of our “young” leaders come from well-established dynasties,they are unable to shed the baggage of their inheritance or their legacies. Thinking young is more important than being young.

— Kiran Yadav


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