Now that the AAP is about to form government, some questions are being asked. People voted Arvind Kejriwal to power with a thumping majority and they have high expectations of him. His promise of freebies was a game changer and one hopes that he is able to keep it. But from where will he get the funds to implement these promises — pucca housing for all people living in slums, slashing VAT rates, halving electricity prices, providing a certain quantity of water for free to every household, employment for all, installation of 10 lakh CCTV cameras for the safety of women, etc?
— N.R. Ramachandran, Chennai
I am Dalvi
This refers to ‘The tyranny of hurt sentiment’ by Dilip Simeon (IE, February 12). I would like to thank the writer for drawing our attention to this important issue. The state is supposed to defend the citizen against attacks by so-called representatives of religion. Instead, it is doing little to ensure the safety of Shirin Dalvi, who has already tendered an apology for publishing a cartoon from Charlie Hebdo. The writer has appealed to the conscience of the man who has filed the complaint against Dalvi and has rightly warned that he is feeding communal forces of a different colour. Standing in solidarity with Dalvi and demanding her security are our duties as citizens.
— Aruna Burte, Solapur
No more gods
This refers to ‘Modi appalled over supporters building temple dedicated to him’ (IE, February 12). Some misguided BJP workers have built a temple dedicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the outskirts of Rajkot. This is so ridiculous that it seems like fiction. But there is still more to come. The “temple” has apparently been built on government land. If true, this is a clear case of encroachment. Such antics will be devastating for the image and credibility of the prime minister. The humiliating defeat of the BJP in Delhi should be a stern reminder that Modi is not invincible or infallible. We need sincere and hardworking human beings to lead us to the path of growth and development. We have enough gods.
— Nivedita Dwivedi, Mumbai
Apropos the editorial, ‘A mandate whole-hearted’ (IE, February 11), the Delhi electorate has sent a clear message to the BJP, Congress and AAP. Arvind Kejriwal was spot on when he said the mandate was “scary”. People expect a lot of him. To the BJP, the voter said: “Be warned, you are not delivering what you promised”. And to the Congress: “Your interests are aligned with society’s, not a single family’s.”
— Makarand Hiralikar, Pune