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Not without Prachanda

Nepal’s former Maoist PM Prachanda has mismanaged his democratic coalition from the start.

Written by The Indian Express |
May 7, 2009 12:52:31 am

• Nepal’s former Maoist PM Prachanda has mismanaged his democratic coalition from the start. But his resignation is cause for worry as it has plunged a newly republican Nepal into political uncertainty. It would indeed be sad if the fruits of genuine democracy,gathered after the prolonged and bitter struggle against authoritarianism and an even bloodier conflict between the army and the Maoists,were to be lost once more. Unfortunately,things appear to have come full circle. As Nepal tries to put a new government in place,it should remember that any coalition without Prachanda could imperil the country again.

— Mohd Y. Ansari Meerut

Sweat in Swat

• This refers to the editorial ‘Swat theme’ and C. Raja Mohan’s article ‘60 miles…’. If the US were to indeed signal the Pakistan army to dismiss the civilian administration,it would only show that Barack Obama has got the plot just as wrong as his predecessor George W. Bush had. The US has so far singularly failed to scare the Taliban,who persisted in their fanaticism with near impunity for long. Hopefully,the military offensive under way will demolish the Taliban. Meanwhile,should India continue to depend on the US to protect itself from the Taliban?

— Ved Guliani Hisar

Tough race

• Although it’s heartening that intellectuals and professionals have joined the political race,the question remains whether they will manage to cope with the real and innumerable problems faced by voters across this vast country,especially in remote areas. Money and charisma may allow one to enter the Indian political system,but it is very difficult to survive therein on just money and glamour.

But our major political parties also need to widen their bases to make the mushrooming regional parties irrelevant.

— S.B. Singh Jaipur

Doing it right

• This refers to Shekhar Gupta’s interview with former Chief Justice J.S. Verma. Verma has well pointed out the need for the stability of the judiciary. People who hold higher posts with the CBI and high courts need to do justice to their role as the protectors of law.

— Lancy Fernandes Pune

After Indira

• Tavleen Singh believes Indira Gandhi was India’s worst PM,and she’s shocked to find that “illiterate villagers” still believe Gandhi was the best.

Despite the Emergency and other controversies,Indira Gandhi must be given credit for her lasting achievements — raising the professional competence of our armed forces and their morale,especially the navy that received her nod for the audacious attack on Karachi. The navy has gone on to stress its role as “an instrument of state policy” — Tsunami relief,Lebanon rescue,anti-piracy vigilance,etc.

Handling the naval forces and the intelligence mechanism a la Indira Gandhi might have prevented 26/11.

— Mukund B. Kunte

New Delhi

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