* This refers to ‘A new ball game’ (IE, April 15). It is a welcome change that celebrities are switching to a new sport rather than only focusing on cricket. We saw Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty purchase IPL team franchises. Now Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor are getting on the football bandwagon. Footballers and football in India now have a better and brighter future.
— Jayanthy S. Maniam
* This refers to ‘Parakh has gone out of the way to malign me, says CBI director’ (IE, April 15). Just days after Sanjaya Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, in which he claimed that Singh’s government was actually run by Sonia Gandhi, was released, retired bureaucrat P.C. Parakh’s book, Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths, also came out. Parakh has claimed that the PM was undermined by his own PMO and ministers. These books are a damning indictment of the UPA. The timing of their publication has also raised some eyebrows. Some may see them as an attempt to settle personal scores. But the prime minister’s daughter’s statement that Baru has misused his privileged position and access was only to be expected. Still, the new government may want to relook at the Official Secrets Act.
— Bhumika Billa
* This refers to the editorial ‘Cult and the party’ (IE, April 15). I do not think that the BJP as a whole is happy about Narendra Modi’s one-man show election campaign. Senior leaders like L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi are supporting his candidature as PM out of compulsion — he is seen as the RSS’s choice. They cannot dare defy its diktat for obvious reasons. But these stalwarts feel undercut, and sometimes may even challenge Modi’s dominance in the party. However, even before the RSS cracks its whip, they fall in line. Leaders like Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley have become the guardians of Modi’s image. Advani and his ilk have no alternative but to put up with Modi’s brusqueness and supremacy.
— Satwant Kaur
Only time can tell
* This refers to Ashutosh Varshney’s ‘Hearing the silence’ (IE, April 14). The writer has meticulously analysed the BJP’s manifesto and its relevance for Indian democracy. It seems that Narendra Modi has modified himself a lot in the last six months. Indian democracy would probably moderate Modi even more if he comes to power. Only time can tell if he will use his decisiveness and developmental agenda for the benefit of all.
— Rukmana Meher