This refers to ‘Varun out, Yeddyurappa in as Shah names new BJP team’ ( IE, August 17). BJP president Amit Shah’s team has the RSS’s stamp all over it. It seems like old wine in a new bottle. That several of the team members are below 50 years of age is good. Though the lack of team members from the Northeast is puzzling. The number of Uttar Pradesh politicians that have been accommodated is obviously because the party has an eye on the upcoming state polls. Despite corruption cases against him, former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa’s organisational skills and mass base among the Lingayats of Karnataka have won him the day. The leaving out of relatives of ministers and chief ministers is also a welcome departure from the norm in India.
— Ganapathi Bhat
An old problem
This refers to Jaithirth Rao’s ‘Sanitation, a pipe dream’ (IE, August 18). The writer has gone a step further in the discussion on toilets and the paucity of them in India. He has spelt out the problems that might be faced in providing this facility to all Indians. But Rao seems unduly pessimistic. He should not give up so easily. The time has come for all right-thinking Indians to come together to find a solution to this problem.
— Sudhir Apte
Buck stops with CM
The fact-finding committee report about the recent communal violence in Saharanpur (‘Saharanpur riots: Panel blames officials, names local BJP MP’, IE, August 18) was, in fact, an indirect indictment of the SP government. Besides blaming the local BJP MP for instigating the riots, the report pointed a finger at the local administration for not taking timely and strong measures to control the violence. But the local administration is under the control of the SP government. So, how can Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav be absolved? After all, everyone blames Narendra Modi for what happened on his watch in Gujarat in 2002.
— B.N. Anand
The manner in which India lost at the Oval was shocking. Our boys threw in the towel without a fight after winning the first game of the series. Could it be that they became overconfident? On paper, India was the better team. But matches are won thanks to team spirit and coordination. This is where M.S. Dhoni and his squad fell short. Indian cricketers are, sadly, more motivated by money, which is why they perform so well in IPL games.But where was that killer instinct in England?
— S.N. Kabra