• After taking the oath of office Barack Obama has now become one of the most powerful men on the planet and an icon for this generation. In his speech he spoke of rebuilding a divided nation and reaffirmed his personal responsibility as a citizen. It is this thought that needs to be echoed in our country,which remains divided by caste,class,religion and ethnicities. There is a need for a new national ethos to make India the superpower it does have the potential to become.
• The Obama fixation has raised a few questions. With the excessive amount of coverage that he has received in all forms of media in India,it feels as though this might have been an election in India. Do Western countries,specifically the US,over-influence us? Or are we fixated because there is no such personality in Indian politics?
Mahesh Kumar Delhi
Standing his ground
• This new chapter in American history starts with a new ray of hope not only for the US but for the entire world as well,as it challenges economic depression,terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama has shown his charisma during the election process; we can only hope that his stand and position will not alter.
Anjan Kumar Samal
Lets cash in
• as explained in Our Obama moment,Indias international response post-26/11 remains defensive. The US and Britain view the South Asian region through a prism of terror and instability and have concerns over a worsening war in Afghanistan and are looking for a way out. Indias silence has been falsely construed as its softness. Sovereignty,India must realise,means that it can capitalise on global concern and urgency.
• As you discuss in To be ordinary,the PMs visit without VIP cover for a licence renewal should serve as a wake-up call to certain members of the government. The PM is entitled to receive certain extra services but excess on the part of other ministers is bad. The PMs actions should serve as an example and help curtail the VIP culture.
• This refers to Land-ing trouble. It is quite disheartening that the very institution which is the final resort for the maintenance of law and transparency in society,is sending out the signals that are diametrically opposite to what it is supposed to defend. Any law-abiding citizen or institution should not fear the law. So,if there is no corruption in the judiciary,as is claimed,why are they shying away from subjecting themselves to transparency and public scrutiny?