• History teaches that dividing society with an eye to power eventually invites ones own downfall. Varun Gandhi should know this. Those who gathered at his rally werent there with the intention of listening to his venomous words. But Gandhi successfully capitalised on their lack of preparation. It is unfortunate that Indian masses have been victims of dangerously opportunist politicians like Gandhi and Raj Thackeray. Such lack of constructive response from the political makes one sad,especially so close to elections.
• The editorial on Varun Gandhi was apt.
Unfortunately,BJP leaders have spoken in different voices. While Muslim leaders of the party have attributed the provocative speech to Gandhis Congress legacy,others failed to find much amiss. But the speech was against fundamental liberal values as well as the law of the land.
J.M. Manchanda Delhi
• One cannot help wondering whether Varun Gandhis hate speech was meant as a publicity stunt. But it doesnt surprise one that many senior leaders of his party have chosen not to react to the speech yet. In fact,many Indian politicians,hoping to create the image of a strong and uncompromising candidate for themselves,have taken recourse to such hate mongering.
N. Kunju Delhi
• No sensible Indian voter wants a regional tag to the Indian prime minister. Everybody wants an Indian PM,with an agenda for the nation as a whole and capable of controlling not just cricket but also terrorism and the economy. It is imperative that a PM aspirant think of the nation as a whole and not just his or her regions problems and wishes. The same applies to his/ her caste and creed. Thats the reason why one would object to Sharad Pawars stated reasons for wanting to be PM.
Hansraj Bhat Mumbai
• Timorously,for obvious reasons,the Chinese PM expressed fears about the safety of Chinese investments in US government debts. Well,China had taken a risk,now it must face the consequences.
• Are IPL matches indeed so important to us,especially in the midst of general elections,palpable terror threats and a global economic crisis? It is also prudent that the government not spend public money on providing security to private events,including cricket. After all,a small lapse can endanger lives and embarrass the country.
Md Ziyaullah Khan
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