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Nobody’s listening

Most AAP members seem preoccupied with their strategy to stage street theatre in order to grab eyeballs and headlines.

By: Express News Service | Published: May 24, 2014 12:10:00 am

* This refers to the editorial ‘Time to reset’ (IE, May 22). I fully endorse your advice to the AAP. However, there is little evidence to indicate there are takers for this advice in the party itself. Most AAP members seem preoccupied with their strategy to stage street theatre in order to grab eyeballs and headlines. They don’t seem to mind if, in the process, they are seen as challenging the very law and Constitution by which they swear. It is sad that, not very long ago, the party was spot-on in its articulation of public anger with a regime widely seen as insensitive, inefficient and unresponsive. It had the adoring support of the public. It may be difficult to find another party that could fritter away such support and goodwill more swiftly.
— Naren N. Joshi
No excuses

* This refers to ‘What holds us back’ by Jahangir Aziz (IE, May 23). The writer has managed to explain the primary reasons for the economic crisis that India is facing very nicely and pithily. Thankfully, the mother of all hindrances in the path of tough economic decisions — coalition compulsions — will not be a problem for the Narendra Modi government because of its stunning mandate. For the first time in decades, we have a ruling party that cannot use its coalition allies as a “get out of jail free card”. The Modi government will have the freedom to device appropriate policies to get out of the slump we are in. It will also have a free hand to implement them. Within exports, the service sector contributes the most to the economy and to our balance of trade. Therefore, this sector will have to be dealt with sensitively. But we should not expect overnight miracles from the new government.
— Anuraag Kautish

Early bird

* This refers to ‘Most SAARC leaders coming, Modi’s first bilateral meetings day after swearing-in’ (IE, May 23). This is perhaps the first time that a new government is hitting the ground running by starting dialogues with our neighbours as soon as the swearing-in ceremony is over. India’s relations with other countries in its neighbourhood are not as good as they should/ can be. While there are several problem areas, there is also much common ground and scope for close cooperation and collaboration. Greater effort will have to be exerted in this regard and some out-of-the-box thinking is required. It is hoped that the Modi initiative will set Indian diplomacy on the right path.
— K.U. Mada

Not a revolving door

* This refers to ‘On governors, go by reason not whim’ by Soli J. Sorabjee (IE, May 23). The large-scale dismissal of functionaries and officials appointed by the earlier dispensation is a rather disturbing part of a new regime coming to power. In our country, even though governors are not meant to be partisan, governorships are usually given to politicians who cannot not be accommodated elsewhere. These appointments are treated as political patronage or largesse that is showered on party loyalists. And partisan governors usually end up being absolute pains for the state government of the day. Even so, as the learned writer has averred, the replacement of a governor should not be undertaken lightly.
— C.V. Aravind

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