This refers to the editorial, ‘Winter is coming’ (August 14). To dub the monsoon session a wash-out would be a gross understatement. The entire nation is disappointed. People expected their representatives to be more responsible and substantial in what they say in Parliament. Both Sushma Swaraj and Rahul Gandhi set a new low in the political discourse when on the floor of the House they traded charges without any reference to the real issues. Rahul Gandhi’s stubborn behaviour alone is to be blamed for stalling progress on the GST bill. And if stalling Parliament is an achievement, then Gandhi can claim the first prize. J.S. Acharya, Hyderabad
It is unfortunate that no serious legislative business could be conducted in the monsoon session. The government failed miserably to defend its ministers. Sushma Swaraj tried and failed to personalise the debate, or justify her impropriety by citing the wrongs of previous governments. Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee once said that politics is a game of compromise. The present government hardly made any effort to negotiate in the House and narrow the chasm between the treasury and opposition benches. PM Narendra Modi’s conspicuous and prolonged absence from Parliament was equally appalling. One would have expected the otherwise articulate leader of the House to take a break from the Bihar election campaign and debate the ethics of politics and governance. Shreyans Jain, New Delhi
Key To Peace
This refers to ‘A new toolkit’ by Praveen Swami (August 14). It is true that dialogue and war are both processes undertaken with the hope of reaching an ultimate state of a “final and decisive peace”. But this final aim is reachable only if the goals are clearly spelt out and agreeable to all stakeholders. This makes the “dialogue” process a sina qua non. However, for all the parties to treat dialogue seriously, there needs to be a strong deterrent for the forces wanting to disrupt this process. The Indian side has not been able to develop a strong, well-equipped and trained combative force, in spite of the threat of war constantly looming over us.
If a permanent solution to the problem lies in a continuous, focused, clear and time-bound dialogue process, then the prerequisite for this is the presence of a strong and decisive combative force, able not only to stop infiltrators but to deter them from even trying. Nivedita Dwivedi, Mumbai