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Letters to the editor: Old dog, new tricks

The Left must recognise the changing social and economic realities.

February 9, 2015 5:58:07 am

Apropos the editorial, ‘AAP ki CPM’ (IE, February 6), at least good sense has prevailed on the CPM to recognise the importance and progressive role of the AAP in the Delhi elections. The CPM’s adherence to dogmatic Marxism is the reason that it does not get the support of the huge underclass in Delhi. It is unlikely that its 15-odd candidates will have an impact on the polls. Whatever one may say about the AAP, there is no denying the fact that under Arvind Kejriwal, this “newbie” party has appropriated the space of heavyweight political outfits in the constituency of the have-nots. The AAP has a clear understanding of ground realities and a keen sense of compassion. Its popularity even poses a challenge to the almighty BJP. Once the champion of the underdog, the Left has few admirers today. If it wants to survive as a credible political alternative, the Left must recognise the changing social and economic realities.
— Parthasarathy Sen

Double standards
United  States President Barack Obama criticised religious intolerance, which he feels is widespread in present-day India. But will Obama use the same yardstick for the theocratic countries that have been close friends and allies of the US for many years? For example, does he have the will or the courage to criticise Pakistan or Saudi Arabia for the pathetic status of their minorities?
— Arun Malankar

Delhi’s phoenix
Before campaigning for the Delhi elections began, I used to think the AAP was dead and buried. But to my pleasant surprise, it has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. Not only is it the harbinger of political change, but it also gives hope and courage to the innumerable people who have made mistakes in life and regretted them. The intentions of Arvind Kejriwal have always been good. But he is not a master strategist. He made a mistake by quitting office the first time. He was written off as an “anarchist maverick”. But his resurgence has pierced the complacency of the BJP. Not only is he giving BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sleepless nights, he is forcing them to think differently.
— Sanjay J. Batra

Wrong side of right
I was disappointed with the editorial, ‘What’s really funny’ (IE, February 5). What the CBFC member said cannot be defended but the AIB’s video was on the wrong side of the thin line between vulgarity and freedom of expression.
— Abhinav Khanna

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