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Irrespective of what one thinks of Varun Gandhi,most people seem to believe that slapping the NSA on Varun was an excess....


May 15, 2009 11:23:29 pm

•Irrespective of what one thinks of Varun Gandhi,most people seem to believe that slapping the NSA on Varun was an excess. That the Supreme Court would ask the UP government to withdraw the NSA against him hasn’t come as a surprise. The state government should have heeded the State Advisory Board’s recommendation for revoking the law. While nobody will deny the damage Varun has caused through his speeches it is also undeniable that the young politician has lost precious time in jail.

— Mookhi Amir Ali Mumbai

Locked opportunities

•The electorate has done its duty and soon its verdict will be public (‘Lock kiya jaye’,IE,14). But our politicians have already shed their ideologies and their concern for public opinion; they have already begun eating their own campaign words,and are rapidly sinking into their usual avatars — those that know nothing apart from horse-trading and spoils-sharing. As for us,the voters,what have we gained from this most expensive exercise? No doubt we are proud of our democracy and the free and fair polls conducted over a month. Yet,one isn’t so sure we’ve matured enough as voters to discard the corrupt and criminal candidates who seek our undeserved favour.

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— Ved Guliani

Hisar

Holding us back

•As India readies itself for the 15th Lok Sabha,we all fear the emergence of an irretrievably hung Parliament and a ragtag coalition. This nervousness is the result of the pre-poll flurry of bizarre promises,blame games,hate speeches and character assassinations,to say nothing of cynical deals. This image of our politicians is what keeps citizens from being zealous enough to build on the democracy that we already have. It also prevents voters from giving a clear mandate to a big party or formation to do what it pleases with its parliamentary majority.

— Himender Bali

Shimla

Failure foretold

•This refers to ‘Exit polls signal Sleepless Saturday’ (IE,May 14). My own humble “exit” poll for these exit polls signals a weekend of sufficient sleep. In my defence,I can cite the history of these exit polls. The 2009 polls,by various television channels and agencies,too will be off the mark. Needless to say,once proved wrong,the very TV anchors projecting them now will say,“We told you so… Indian voters have matured. You can’t take them for granted!” Exit polls fail because they cannot peek inside ballot boxes or EVMs. Nor can there be an exit poll without an element of the media oufit’s own bias.

— Kedarnath R. Aiyar

Mumbai

A miss,again

•India’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the Asia Cup in Malaysia is again a big disappointment. The national hockey team’s triumph at the Azlan Shah Cup in April had raised hopes of a possible revival of Indian hockey. India’s failure to defend the Asia Cup title is thus all the more painful.

— Manoj Parashar

Greater Noida

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