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Decisive mandate

Roadblocks to progress like the Left parties and the Lalu-Mulayam duo have been removed from the path of development by popular mandate....

May 20, 2009 11:54:34 pm

•Roadblocks to progress like the Left parties and the Lalu-Mulayam duo have been removed from the path of development by popular mandate. Leaders of the next government should ruthlessly keep them away from any blackmailing and bargaining. Voters have rejected such anti-development elements. It is the duty of every patriotic Indian now to promote the forces of progress and discard caste-based,narrow-minded,self-centred politics.

— Vedant A. Shinde


•Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have been given a free hand by the nation to implement the programme of economic resurgence. Unless private investment enters the public domain,major projects will not be completed as per expectations. As part of this effort,SEZ projects should be shortlisted for the special attention of the government. During the months of recession,exports from their units showed a big rise. If this proven remedy is available,it should be made full use of and replicated wherever needed.

— Jimmy Dadabhoy


Not so decisive

•I disagree with your full page splash announcing “YES” (IE,May 17). The figures do not endorse that claim that this is a decisive mandate at all,as neither party on its own overshot the halfway mark of 543; even the UPA alliance did not cross that mark. Therefore,the splash is incorrect and more in the nature of vindictiveness against the BJP.

— Kedarnath R. Aiyar


•During the election campaign,Rahul Gandhi had said that Afzal Guru’s number had not yet come,and that he was 21st in the queue for capital punishment. Now,as the Congress has been returned to power,will it be serious enough and hang him,and also see that Ajmal Kasab’s trial gets completed faster and this dreaded terrorist too gets hanged? Or will Rahul Gandhi say in 2014,that Afzal is still in queue?

— Shashank K. Kumar


Tigers extinct

•The end of Velupillai Prabhakaran has finally brought to finish a bitter saga in Sri Lanka. The last three decades have been really bloody for the country. That the LTTE is a terror organisation and was involved in direct violations of human right norms is well established. The outfit is proscribed in over 30 countries. The end is well deserved. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse must seize the opportunity and address key concerns of the Tamil populace in the region without delay. We hope Sri Lanka will script a new era of peace and prosperity from now on.

— Raghu Seshadri Chennai

•After the end of the LTTE saga,the ball is now in India’s court. Sri Lanka on its own will be unlikely to go that extra mile and accomodate Tamil grievances. India must push Sri Lanka in that direction. This is not just in the island nation’s interest,it is also in India’s.

— Kika Bhutani


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