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Letters to the editor: Reading the result

The MIM’s debut in Maharashtra is nothing short of impressive. By winning the Muslim vote from the Congress, it has made a great start.

November 1, 2014 12:54:09 am

The BJP’s resounding victory in Maharashtra and Haryana rings alarm bells for regional parties. There is a need for a change in strategy. Or else, they should be ready to be swept away by the Modi wave — yes, it exists, and it is gaining momentum. The Congress needs to change its overall organisational structure. The demand to rope in Priyanka Gandhi says a lot about party workers’ faith in Rahul Gandhi. It also shows a touching confidence in the leadership capabilities of the Gandhi family. To blame regional leaders for the defeat is to hide from the real problems. As far as the NCP is concerned, it needs to rethink its policies on urban development, since its base is currently mostly rural. The MIM’s debut in Maharashtra is nothing short of impressive. By winning the Muslim vote from the Congress, it has made a great start.
— Siddharth Ostwal

Peace and chaos
This refers to Praveen Swami’s article, ‘High price of cheap oil’ (IE, October 31). His analysis of the politics is right but his conclusion is not. Our battle against the Islamic State will be fought and won in India. But it will also have to be a bipartisan effort, cutting across party lines. As an Indian Peace-keeping Force veteran, I know from experience that our political and military structures are not geared, mentally or physically, for out of area operations. Look within — India’s seeming chaos is its greatest asset. Our politics, though, must be inclusive. We see glimpses of such a politics from time to time, even though it is sorely challenged.
— R.R. Palsokar

Patience please
n Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to boycott the swearing-in ceremony of the new Maharashtra government was a mistake. It sends the wrong message to the people. Voters will now think that he is interested only in grabbing power and not in serving people. With this behaviour, he is damaging his own political future. He should have some patience with the vagaries of political life.
— Hansraj Bhat

Delhi doldrums
The Supreme Court has rightly lamented that president’s rule in Delhi cannot go on for ever (‘Jung gets time till Nov 11 to explore options for a Delhi govt’, IE, October 31). Once it was imposed after Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation in February, political parties in Delhi seem to be taking things rather easy. The general elections of May, the subsequent bypolls and state polls appear to have diverted their attention. The BJP seems reluctant to throw its hat in the ring. The AAP’s unpleasant tryst with power has hobbled its plans. The Congress is nowhere in the picture. No party seems to favour a government with
outside support. That leaves just one choice — fresh elections.
— Ganapathi Bhat

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