This refers to the editorial Not again,Netaji (IE,March 26). Mulayam Singh Yadav frequently floats the idea of a revival of the Third Front. Perhaps,this is because Netaji feels embattled in his homeground,Uttar Pradesh,where the SP governments popularity seems to be on the wane. With the Congress warming to Mayawati,Netaji recently heaped praise on the BJPs L.K. Advani. The two leading coalitions look weak at the moment,with the BJP hesitating to name Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate and the UPA deserted by its long-term ally,the DMK. This has perhaps emboldened Netaji to talk about the Third Front again. But it is doubtful whether he can garner the numbers needed to fulfil his ambition. It seems unlikely that he will be able to stitch together a coalition that stands a chance in the 2014 polls.
Quality of mercy
APROPOS the report Sanjay Dutt has suffered a lot: Didi (IE,March 26),West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has joined the ranks of those clamouring for clemency for the actor,saying he had suffered enough for 20 years. Her compassion seems misplaced. In the years since the bomb blasts,Dutt has mostly led a normal life,shooting for films and making foreign trips. Meanwhile,others accused in terror cases languished in jail. Moreover,Dutts actions were those of a grown man in his thirties. He was no impressionable teenager.
Test of faith
TEAM India must be congratulated for its superb performance in the just concluded Test series against Australia (MS Words,IE,March 26). This 4-0 win comes as a great relief not only to the Indian team but also to millions of fans across the country. The Australians,on the other hand,must be demoralised by the whitewash. M.S. Dhoni must be praised for this turnaround after a year of humiliating defeats for India. The team has found good,reliable batsmen in Virat Kohli,Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan,and equally reliable bowlers in Ravindra Jadeja,R. Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dhoni must now concentrate on keeping his team in fighting condition for the Test series against South Africa.
MAHARASHTRA Home Minister R.R. Patil seems to have buckled under pressure and announced the suspension of the policeman who had been beaten up by MLAs earlier. This is a gross display of arrogance on the part of the MLAs. It is likely that the suspension of five MLAs involved in the case will also be revoked soon. Such misuse of legislative power is disastrous.
Subhash C. Agrawal