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Letter of the Week Award

THE result of the recent UP bypolls has revealed much about the electorate and what it really wants.

By: Express News Service |
September 18, 2014 12:15:01 am

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An electoral slap
THIS refers to the editorial, ‘Art of losing’ (IE, September 17). It is immensely satisfying that the people who voted in the recent bypolls, particularly in riot-torn Uttar Pradesh, have delivered the electoral equivalent of a stinging slap across the BJP’s face. The BJP would do well to learn that it won the Lok Sabha polls thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of bringing about amity and development across the board, not because of the poisonous spewings of people like BJP MP Adityanath. This is indeed a lesson for all political parties — on the right, left and centre of the ideological spectrum — that they cannot hope to attain or retain power by cynically playing both sides of the field, that religious kooks might be able to terrorise people in the short term but cannot deter voters from trashing their political masters at the earliest opportunity.
— R.P. Subramanian

THE result of the recent UP bypolls has revealed much about the electorate and what it really wants. It voted for development in the Lok Sabha elections and against noxious communalism in the by-elections. The BJP clearly misunderstood the true nature of UP. It chose to prioritise religious polarisation over the development agenda. To portray “love jihad” and madrasas as the real problems in UP is ridiculous. While it is true that a portion of the population is religiously charged at the moment, the rest are united, strong, sensible and progressive.
—  Sana Khan

A question for the SC
THIS refers to the editorial, ‘Shield the source’ (IE, September 17). I fully support the contention that whistleblowers need to be protected and that the Supreme Court must exhaust all other avenues before asking Prashant Bhushan to reveal his sources. Whistleblowers and RTI activists are invaluable, alert citizens who enable law enforcement agencies to catch crooks. Several courageous people have been silenced in the past — Satyendra Dubey and S. Manjunath are two such persons. Will the apex court ensure the safety of whistleblowers in all cases? Will it accept responsibility for the whistleblowers’ life and liberty?
— V.H. Karmarkar

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Rate cut, please
THE RBI’s refusal to lower interest rates is counter-productive. The manufacturing sector is in need of a rate cut, which will enable it to operationalise its dormant capacity. Lowering interest rates could not possibly fuel inflation, which is mostly food related. The RBI governor must give industrialists some relief on September 30, when he announces the policy review.
— Ajay Mittal

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