On June 2, the country’s 29th state, Telangana, was finally born (‘Two states’, IE, June 2). A fierce and prolonged agitation has finally come to an end. But TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s actions as the new chief minister of the state are not promising. The 11 member council of ministers includes KCR’s son and nephew, suggesting that the problems of nepotism and corruption will persist in the new state. The TRS’s objections to Andhra employees in government services and the issue of “jobs for locals” are also worrying. It is also ironic that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi pressed for the formation of the new state but her party was routed in Telangana. The governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh must work together, not only on developmental issues but also to resolve the questions of water and power sharing.
— Bidyut K. Chatterjee
This refers to Shekhar Gupta’s article ‘Talk less’ (IE, May 31). The wisest advice that the new prime minister, Narendra Modi, can give to his cabinet and party colleagues is to keep silent, not just “talk less”. Having won a stable majority on its own, the BJP-led government is assured of a honeymoon period of at least 100 days, if not six months. It should have a good report card to show at the end of this period. This should not be derailed by a bad case of “foot in mouth disease” among party and Sangh enthusiasts. Modi will be kept busy firefighting, instead of concentrating on the business of governance.
— S. Nadeem
Back to work
It is encouraging to see that Rahul Gandhi has gone back to work, visiting Badaun to meet the families of the two girls who had been raped and killed (‘Badaun gangrape: Rahul Gandhi meets victims’ family members, demands CBI probe’, IE, May 31). The phenomenon of caste oppression and violence is also prevalent in Haryana.
— M.K. Mahapatra
Senas at war
n RAJ THACKERAY has definitely provided an interesting new dimension to Maharashtra politics (‘Being upfront’, IE, June 3). Raj is right in his assessment that the BJP-Shiv Sena sweep in the Lok Sabha elections was the result of a Modi wave. Because, despite poor governance by the NCP-Congress combine, few BJP or Shiv Sena leaders were able to strike a chord with the people of the state. Raj’s fortunes will hinge on whether the BJP-Sena alliance can sustain the Modi wave for another six months. He cannot be so naïve as to think that his party’s prospects will change dramatically just because he has announced himself as CM candidate.
— Ganapati Bhat