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Already, the state’s development has suffered hugely because of the absence of an elected and stable government.

February 3, 2015 12:45:15 am

This refers to the editorial, ‘The Srinagar test’ (IE, February 2). Government formation in Jammu and Kashmir had been held up for long because of the conflicting ideological stands of the PDP and the BJP. It is encouraging that they are now close to sealing an alliance based on a common agenda. The BJP has a historic opportunity to be part of the J&K government. The party mustn’t mess up now. It should avail of this chance and deliver on development and good governance, which are the real issues of the people, rather than Article 370. The J&K verdict is a lesson for the people of Delhi, which goes to the polls on February 7. A clear mandate for a party is crucial if another round of elections is to be avoided. Already, the state’s development has suffered hugely because of the absence of an elected and stable government.
— M.C. Joshi

Straight talk
This refers to the editorial, ‘Bleak environment’ (IE, January 31). “Why now?” is the question most commonly asked by defensive Congressmen whenever accusations are hurled at the party or its “high command”. The answer is: everybody wants to wait and bide his/ her time. Painstakingly built political careers cannot be thrown away on the slightest pretext. Jayanthi Natarajan’s letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi reveals that her patience gave way when there seemed to be no end in sight to her agonising wait. It is improper for the Congress to attribute motives and heap insinuations on Natarajan. Her allegations must be countered, not dismissed. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi need to speak up. Come out of your Lutyens bungalows and talk to us, the voters.
— Ganapathi Bhat

Handle with care
The states of the Union of India have been demanding financial autonomy for quite some time now. As the functions of state governments increase, they are in need of more funds. The proposal that 42 per cent of taxes will go straight to the states is welcome. This would help the states better address local needs and issues. However, the administrative machinery of the states desperately needs to be overhauled. Local governance functionaries need to be effectively trained and equipped to deal with greater responsibility. States must seize this opportunity for initiating administrative and financial reforms.
— Badal Jain

A huge loss
Humanity  has, once again, been put to shame by the Islamic State killers who beheaded another Japanese journalist. We need to unite to combat terrorism. Let no young lives be lost anymore.
— Brij Goyal

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