The arrest of Jagan Mohan Reddy reflects badly on both the CBI and the Congress (Jagan Mohan Reddy arrested in illegal assets case,IE,May 27). The Congress is not interested in passing a tough anti-corruption law it just wants to use such cases to its own political advantage. Nor is it willing to loosen its grip on the CBI in cases where ministers from the Congress or allied parties are involved,the investigating agency is slow to move. The inept handling of the present case has made a martyr out of Jagan. It is likely to cost the Congress dear in Andhra Pradesh and damage its chances in the approaching by-polls there.
JAGAN Mohan Reddy may indeed merit the attention of the CBI. But his irregularities came into focus the moment he formed a new party and threatened to damage the electoral prospects of the Congress in Andhra Pradesh. In contrast,the CBI has been dragging its feet on the case against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran,who belongs to the DMK,a Congress ally at the Centre. Maran might have been forced to resign as textiles minister in the wake of massive charges of graft,but he is yet to be arrested.
N.K. Das Gupta
APROPOS Road to Naypyidaw(IE,May 28),with his own government buffeted by economic and political crises,Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has now turned his attention to other countries. He must do a delicate balancing act to keep the leadership in Myanmar happy. In its earlier,pragmatic approach,India had kept cordial relations with the military junta in Myanmar. The political situation in that country has now changed,with Aung San Suu Kyi having joined the government. India must now adapt its policy of pragmatism accordingly. Playing both ends of the political spectrum in Myanmar might end up being counter-productive for India.
Its not cricket
THIS refers to Twenty20 Vision (IE,May 28). The writer has showered encomiums on IPL 5 at a time when the tournament faces a volley of criticism from various quarters. Crores of rupees might have flown into the IPL,but that has only turned it into a money spinner,which could be harmful to the game. Some of the damaging effects have already started showing. The tournament has little to do with the gentlemans game of cricket. Before things get worse,the IPL should be banned. It has no place
in the annual cricket calendar,which is already full with Test matches,ODIs and T20 matches between national teams.
V. Subramanyan Dombivli (East)