Don’t go there
This refers to ‘Modi mentioned wife in poll affidavit after SC order on full disclosure’ (IE, April 11). The Congress and its allies have been waiting for just this — a stick to beat Narendra Modi with. But they should not give in to temptation. They should leave this issue alone because it is a personal matter that has no bearing on Modi’s public life. In fact, so far, Modi never lied in any affidavit. He always left the sections related to marital issues blank in election-related forms. He was married before attained his majority. This issue should be allowed to die.
— N. Ramamurthy
This refers to ‘Voter wave on first big day’ (IE, April 11). I feel sorry for our leaders, who have to brave the heat of the campaign trail and still put up a cheerful and energetic face for the crowds. They negotiate dusty village roads to reach us. And they have to face the heat in both the literal and figurative sense. Yet, success is not guaranteed. Though if elected, most of them would spend their tenure in office in a comfortable environment, election time is when they actually see for themselves the conditions in which the common people live.
— Sandipan Khan
This refers to the editorial ‘Manipur aberration’ (IE, April 11). The Election Commission deserves to be appreciated for conducting free and fair elections in the country. Moreover, it should be lauded for introducing a number of electoral reforms to strengthen democracy in India. The timely issuance of election cards and lists, campaigns to create awareness among voters, providing adequate security in polling booths and introducing innovations like the voter-verified paper audit trail are all examples of the EC’s efforts to improve the democratic process. Like the Comptroller and Auditor General, the EC stands out as an organisation that has maintained its integrity in the toughest of times.
— Gaurav Pant
This refers to ‘Forget the rankings’ by Philip G. Altbach (IE, April 10). The government’s misplaced focus and obsession with opening new IITs and IIMs is a problem. Simply opening an IIT or IIM does not ensure that education of quality is being imparted. The government must recognise that the quality of an institute depends on the quality of the teaching staff. This, along with funding research projects, should be the focus of
— Abhishek Tinaikar