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Thing of beauty

Apropos “Restoring the Dal’s pristine glory” by Majid Jahangir (Sunday Tribune, September 22), I was shocked to learn about the worsening conditions of the lake. When I had last visited the lake in 1987, it had crystal-clear waters. It is a pity that dirty vote bank politics is ruining the lake’s beauty. The state and Central governments must take concrete steps to maintain the lake. The writer has not mentioned about the ‘Char Chinari’ spot. Tourists should not litter the lake and its surroundings.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

Come clean

Nitish Kumar’s aspiration of being a prime-ministerial candidate of the ‘third front’ will not fructify (“Will Modi please spell out the ABCD of his agenda” by Raj Chengappa; Ground Zero, Sunday Tribune, Sept 22). Modi is the front-runner, but this factor alone is not enough to enable him to sail through to the top post. He has to clear doubts about his secular image to the voters. Criticising the UPA for the prevailing economic crisis and various scams is understandable, but Modi should have spelt out his policies.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar


Modi is of the view that if you deliver good governance, there will be economic opportunities and development. People from all sections of society have welcomed his projection as the BJP’s prime-ministerial candidate. The country has been facing leadership crisis for the last decade. He is the best-suited leader who can pull India out of corruption. Less government and more governance is his slogan. The huge numbers at Modi's rally in Rewari shows people will not forget the new ‘ABCD’ written by the Congress.

Parminder Singh, Ludhiana


The NDA, whose leading partner was the BJP, lost its moorings with its unexpected loss in the 2004 elections and then again in 2009. This double whammy forced the BJP to devise a negative strategy, whereby Parliament was not allowed to function for most of the UPA’s second term. As a result, important Bills could not be passed. Now, the BJP appears to be confident of returning to power, but it must spell out its agenda to clear the air in its own interest.

Dr MK Bajaj, Zirakpur

Political ploys

The state-wise analysis of the electorate’s mood in the article “BJP’s Modi-fied calculation” by KV Prasad (Sunday Tribune, Sept 22) made for an interesting read. Despite great diversity, people have the acumen to distinguish between the importance of local, state and national elections and vote in different manners depending on the issues. Though the Congress has played every master stroke like Telangana, food security and land acquisition Bills, the severe loss of credibility it faces will not allow it to reap electoral benefits. In Modi, people see a credible alternative. With the limited appeal of the BJP, can Modi produce a miracle?

Dr Tirath Garg, Ferozepur



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