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What will be left of the CPM if it starts following Ashutosh’s exhortations, as mentioned in ‘Modi lessons for CPM’ (IE, April 30)?


Updated: May 4, 2015 12:27:56 am

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Letters to the Editor

Funding Fiasco
As a student studying in an institution that receives funds from the Ford Foundation, I am shocked that the government has branded the Ford Foundation as an organisation involved in “covert activities”. Is funding educational institutions a part of this definition of covertness, especially at a time when our government spending on education is very low? Whether it is the Ford Foundation or the earlier Greenpeace fiasco, the government needs to deal with such episodes in a sensitive manner. Even a rogue report by a government body can malign the credentials of a trustworthy private player, and can also hurt us if they subsequently withdraw from India, given that there is no shortage of poor countries that need development funds.
Amritpal Singh, Amritsar

Lessons for AAP

What will be left of the CPM if it starts following Ashutosh’s exhortations, as mentioned in ‘Modi lessons for CPM’ (IE, April 30)? It is strange that an AAP leader is advising the CPM to emulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for its political resurgence when some of his own partymen accuse him of coming to power with the help of corporate money. The CPM will be no different from other parties if it sacrifices the essentials of its ideology in the name of flexibility and pragmatism. A party without ideology is like a rudderless ship. The way things are going in the amorphous AAP, it will soon realise the importance of ideology. The CPM’s base is shrinking more because of people’s susceptibility to false promises made by rightwing parties than the rigidity of its ideology.
Hema, Langeri

Aiding Kabul
This refers to the editorial ‘New Kabul pact’ (IE, May 1). Admittedly, the change in Afghanistan’s leadership has increased the distance between Kabul and New Delhi. But India is still going to be a key player in rebuilding the war-torn nation. The stakes for all participants, whether Beijing, Islamabad or Delhi, are too high. They must cooperate to draw a roadmap for peace that involves
the Taliban.
Mohit Kumar, New Delhi

Misplaced Focus
It is unfortunate that the death of a young girl after being molested on a bus in Punjab is gaining a political angle (‘“They touched her, threw us out of bus”’, IE, May 1). The focus should be more on the law and order situation than on the Badals, the owners of the transport company the bus belonged to. For, such cases of molestation are common, though most go unreported, not only on privately run buses but also on those managed by the state.
Balvinder Singh, Chandigarh

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