August 27, 2014 12:55:13 am
Are the bypoll results a reminder to Narendra Modi that the heat wave of April-May is over, voter sentiments have cooled after a monsoon shower or two (‘Pass marks’, IE, August 26)? The BJP’s performance in Bihar did not bear Modi’s personal emboss, which had won the party an unprecedented victory in May. True, bypolls can often be aberrations, turning on local or individual factors, but it is also possible that they provide clues to larger drifts.
— J.S. Acharya
The recent bypolls may not be occasion enough to draw conclusions about the BJP, but one must wonder why the NDA did not perform so well. Perhaps because it concentrated on ousting governors, instead of cracking down on prices, which had been a campaign promise. Perhaps because it refused to give the post of leader of the opposition to the leader of the next largest party. Perhaps because of the way senior leaders like L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Jaswant Singh were sidelined in the BJP’s one-man show. The appointment of Amit Shah as BJP president was another reason for the public’s loss of confidence. These bypolls seem to indicate that without the help of its “pradhan sevak”, the NDA will find it tough going in the state polls this year.
— B.K. Chatterjee
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Made in India?
This refers to the article ‘The barefoot government’ by Bunker Roy (IE, August 26). While it is true that many of our leaders have foreign educations, that does not necessarily imply that they did not understand the country’s problems. They were able to assimilate ideas from the West to construct policies that went in the right direction. The problem lay in their implementation and the associated corruption, which, to me, are more serious issues. There is no harm in absorbing ideas from all over the globe and customising them to suit our needs. The writer seems to feel corruption in past regimes was an offshoot of Western thinking, which is misguided. But I do agree that we need leaders who can provide long-term and efficient solutions, especially to rural problems.
— Divansh Goel
The article by Bunker Roy is certainly a rewarding read. The core of the socio-economic problems of a nation or community can be understood only by a person who is a native of the soil. Contrast the secularism of S. Radhakrishnan, a native genius, and Jawaharlal Nehru, a foreign-educated Indian. The former’s secularism was one tested by the centuries while Nehru’s secularism was unbaked atheism. It is great that Narendra Modi and all his ministers are made in India, by India and for India.
— K. Suryanararayanan
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