* Apropos the editorial In the dock (IE,September 10),UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav continues to seem inexperienced. Like his father,he woos the minority vote mostly through nostrums,rather than by effecting any real change or empowerment. He seems unwilling or unable to follow an agenda of good governance and development for all communities. Instead of blaming others,Akhilesh needs to look within. He mustnt bury his head in the sand.
Seize this opportunity
* This refers to the editorial The meeting point (IE,September 9). The PM has always been evasive and ambivalent in his approach to many vital issues. This has already landed the Congress party and the UPA government in a soup. The UPA has distinguished itself for its policy paralysis and its inability to act on urgent issues decisively. A meeting between Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif would be an opportunity to discuss several important issues reciprocal release of prisoners,MFN status,relaxing visa norms,facilitating people to people contact which could take the relationship between India and Pakistan to the next level. Even if the PM avoids meeting Sharif,foreign policy hawks will find some other reason to berate the government. Catering to the constituency of shrill warmongers would be playing into the BJPs hands. The PM must put national interest before politics and seize this opportunity.
Attention to detail
* This refers to Incomplete Housework (IE,September 10). The UPA has pushed the food security and land acquisition bills through Parliament,with little or no attention to critical details like how the government will fund these bills and still stick to its fiscal deficit target,how these bills will be implemented,given our current institutional infrastructure,and what these bills impact on agriculture will be. Addressing these issues will require tough and therefore unpopular decisions,which the UPA has shrewdly left for the next government to take care of.
Back in the fold
* This refers to The new wrestling (IE,September10). The International Olympic Committees decision to strike wrestling off the list of Olympic sports in February was a shock for the wrestling fraternity across the globe,particularly in India. Indias wrestlers are major contributors to its Olympic medal tally,which would have suffered a serious setback had wrestling not been reinstated. FILA president Nenad Lalovic,who pressed for the inclusion of the revamped sport in the Olympic line-up,should be commended for his efforts. The observation that it is now incumbent upon FILA to live up to the new standards it has set for the sport is spot on.
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