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Constant change

Indian politicians,whether Mulayam Singh Yadav or any other leader of his ilk,tend to make apologies,start new friendships or discard old allies at the drop of a hat.

Indian politicians,whether Mulayam Singh Yadav or any other leader of his ilk,tend to make apologies,start new friendships or discard old allies at the drop of a hat,just for the sake of winning elections and coming to power (‘Another apology’,IE,October 29). As a result,ideology,principles and morals become a casualty. It’s but natural that governments led by such opportunistic leaders would lack direction and purpose.

— Tarsem Singh

New Delhi

Slippery ground

Apropos ‘As Modi calls up Gadkari,Sushma feels party heat,sweats’ (IE,October 29),it’s interesting to note how our political leaders might speak their mind in front of TV cameras,but if their statement becomes controversial,they blame reporters and political opponents. In Bihar,Sushma Swaraj told a press conference,“Modi’s magic and charisma have worked in Gujarat… but it is not necessary that everybody’s magic works at every place.” As the BJP spokesperson confirmed,everyone heard what Swaraj said. Unfortunately,after the snub from the party president,Swaraj now maintains that “there is not an iota of truth” in the charge. Her U-turn notwithstanding,the BJP shouldn’t forget that neither Narendra Modi nor Varun Gandhi helped them in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. The memory of the the 2002 Gujarat communal carnage is still strong in the minds of most Indians. The question is,if Swaraj can make such quick turnarounds,does she deserve to be the leader of the opposition?

— Bidyut K. Chatterjee

Faridabad

Matching China

This refers to Uthra G. Chaturvedi’s ‘China can be Asiad’s big cricket surprise: Miandad’ (IE,October 29). I fully endorse Javed Miandad’s views. The Chinese are a dedicated sporting nation,capable of mastering any game,without wasting time. Take the example of hockey: a decade ago,they might not have even known how to hold a hockey stick. However,in the last Asian Games,they defeated both Asian giants,Pakistan and India. Likewise,they have taken cricket in their stride. I’m certain that with quality coaching,it’s only a matter of time before they are a force to reckon with — not just in Asia,but in the world.

— N. Mahadevan

Mumbai

Too late

Lalu Prasad’s confessions to the electorate have come at a time when people have made up their minds about the government that will offer them a brighter future (‘Jokes and support dry up,Lalu floundering in tough poll test’,IE,October 28). His desire to get his kursi back may be wishful thinking,because of his own record of misgovernance. People want schooling for their children,they want better employment and the hope of a better tomorrow,which the Nitish Kumar government seems to have given them. Lalu’s promises to ameliorate Bihar’s woes now carry little weight.

— Ankit Jain

Chhattisgarh