Slogans didn’t impress the voters

Apropos of H.K. Dua’s front-page editorial 
The big change” (May 14), the people have asserted their will to bring about an unexpected but stupendous change. They want performance and good governance. Rhetoric, slogans and hollow promises no longer bewitch them. Perhaps their hopes and aspirations had been belied. So making good and judicious use of their right to vote, they have voted the NDA out.

In fact, the people were not impressed by “India Shining” and “Feel-Good” slogans as they were convinced that it was only the upper starta of society that was shining while the middle and the lower starta were reeling under myriad of problems.

The issue of Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin also did not cut much ice with the people. The employees felt smothered. The alleviation of poverty, misery, unemployment and drudgery remained a far cry. All this tilted the balance in favour of the Congress.



Mr Dua has aptly remarked that the people of India have once again proved that we are one. That is the quintessence of our democracy which is the largest and the most vibrant in the world. The message is loud and clear: performance or perish.



When the Congress boat was sinking under Sitaram Kesri’s leadership, Mrs Sonia Gandhi saved it and faced the BJP-led NDA squarely and boldly. Now she has led the party to victory through the ballot box. Mrs Sonia Gandhi, even without experience, could cash in on the various scams during the NDA government and anti-people policies.

The Congress is not a cadre-based party. It is a motley party of opportunists, rich kulaks, and power hungry elements. Where is the “real” Congress of pre-Partition days? The Congress, despite its victory, has ceased to be a party of dedicated workers, selfless patriots and tall leaders. Mrs Sonia Gandhi cannot restore the Congress to its past glory. For, it is merely one of the parties which is at the mercy of the vote bank leaders and the Left. The people are caught between the BJP and the Congress who are playing a see-saw game. Parliament is still hung.

Mr H.K. Dua has rightly suggested that the new government should follow such policies which will make India strong, prosperous and happy. It remains to be seen how the new Prime Minister will rise to the occasion.

Prof HARI SINGH, Kheri Jat


Today everyone talks about the major role played by Mrs Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders in bringing a Congress-led government at the Centre. However, they forget to thank Mr Narendra Modi, Mr Bal Thackeray and Mr Vinay Katiyar, the triumverate which played a major role in awakening an ordinary Indian by their oratory skills.

Everyone was forced to think what would happen to the Indian democracy when these people get a mandate on their own. Their attacks against Mrs Sonia Gandhi generated a sympathy wave in her favour. This, I feel, ultimately proved too costlier for the BJP and its allies in the elections.



The arrogance of outgoing leaders, growing unemployment, tinkering with the autonomy of institutes like IIMs and, above all, lack of insight had led to the NDA’s defeat in the elections. To add insult to injury is the lack of grace with which the defeat is being taken by the NDA leaders.

Dr ANIL GROVER, Chandigarh


H.K. Dua has rightly opined that Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee has been an outstanding leader who provided a stable government. But the clique around him is caste, creed, clan and self-oriented. The ‘feel-good’, therefore, hardly trickled beyond the already well-to-do influential people. Hence the voters’ decision to change the government through the ballot box. The question of Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin hardly carried any weight. With tremendous revolution in communications, the humanity has come to be a global brotherhood.

K.L. NOATAY, Shimla

Sushma’s stand unfair

EVEN though Mrs Sonia Gandhi has decided not to become Prime Minister, the stand taken by leaders like Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Govindacharya and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharati was unfair.

Mrs Sushma Swaraj is an eminent orator and a good parliamentarian. Her threat to resign from the Rajya Sabha if Mrs Sonia Gandhi became the Prime Minister was childish and pitiful. It implied that she had no respect for the people’s mandate as also her refusal to honour the protocol, decency and decorum of established parliamentary practices.

If Mrs Swaraj could tolerate Mrs Sonia Gandhi as the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, how can she not see eye to eye with her as the Prime Minister because the Congress Parliamentary Party duly elected her as its leader? Moreover, Mrs Gandhi’s leadership was also acceptable to all the allies who have said so in their letters to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Of course, the position has changed now following Mrs Gandhi’s refusal to accept prime ministership.

Perhaps, it is in the nature of a person to disdain any wisdom in another person. Had Mrs Swaraj wished for peace of mind for herself and for the great Indian nation, she should believe in Carlyle who says: “Silence (and not boisterousness) is the element in which great things fashion themselves together”. Her political outburst is averse to the nature and spirit of a cyclone which derives its power from a calm centre.

Dr S. KUMAR, Chandigarh


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