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Predicting political instability

Sharp turns: Troubled times lie ahead” by H.K. Dua (Feb 9) rightly paints a grim picture of the future. Indeed, when the future seems uncertain, worry is natural. Still, one must act in a positive way.

If the Congress or the BJP are unable to form a government at the Centre after the forthcoming parliamentary elections, then let there be a government formed by the regional parties with or without the help of the Congress or the BJP. This alliance will have to shed regional biases and think and act for the good of India as a whole. Political leaders have to show statesmanship.

The parties will have to keep development and consensus in mind. The leaders will have to rise above petty politics and not demand their pound of flesh.



The Congress or the BJP cannot win the Lok Sabha elections independently. The winning party will have to take the support of the national and regional parties. Most of the present Members of Parliament from UP and Bihar have a criminal background. The terror attack on Mumbai and economic slowdown have already affected Indians dearly. The political instability will further add to their woes.

M L GARG, Chandigarh


The front-page editorial aptly depicts the dismal picture of the future. Like the rest of the world, our country, too, faces recession and terrorism. To handle these problems, dynamic leadership is needed. In the ensuing elections, two major political parties—the Congress and the BJP—are in the fray. The Congress can tackle the economic problems deftly whereas the BJP claims that it can contain the problem of terror effectively.

But here the moot question is: will they be able to convince people of their capabilities? Mr Dua rightly observes that no one can predict the voter’s mood.

R. K. MALHOTRA, Chandigarh


Mr Dua has shown his genuine concern by predicting political instability. Frankly speaking, India is caught in an unpleasant situation. The economic slowdown brought about by recession abroad coupled with the fear of losing jobs is the real cause of social and political tensions in the country.

Who will govern at the Centre after the elections is a real cause for worry. The regional parties are narrow in their outlook and can only think of power and not of India. It would be a miracle if both national parties come together to form the government.


Incredible’ India

The middle “Lovers all” (Feb 9) by Kumar Rakesh was not only regaling and amusing but also didactic. It has come as an eye-opener as it apprises us of what happens to tourists when they throng their dream destination — India.

They arrive with colourful dreams of an “Incredible India” and return with an entirely different picture of real India, where beggars, tourist guides and taxi drivers chase them in the garb of helping them. If the tourist happens to be a young girl with white skin, then her problems increase manifold.

Unfortunately, this happens in a nation which believes in “Atithi Devo Bhava”. Tourism is a source of living for lakhs of Indians, employed in the tourism industry. This irresponsible attitude not only puts their living in jeopardy but also maligns India’s image across the globe. The media can play a pivotal role in reforming and educating masses about this problem.




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