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Cat among pigeons

Reference to the editorial Verdict against Congress (December 9), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has changed the meaning of politics in India by setting the cat among the pigeons. With the announcement of poll results in Delh, it is clear that the people want a change and the reverse countdown of the UPA-led Congress has started.

The politics of the AAP is agenda-based whereas that of the Congress and BJP is money- and liquor-based. The reason is that they have never bothered to take care of the common man and their schemes hardly reached the real beneficiaries. But how practical Arvind Kejriwal would be is difficult to say now. The AAP has changed the meaning of politics in India by setting certain standards by talking about numbers rather than making false promises.


Lead by practice

Now that the people of four states have given their verdict against corruption, scandals and non-performance, it is time for the political parties to introspect. The elected legislators should stop considering themselves to be above law. They should live with austerity. If they have nothing to hide, why should they require police protection? The legislators must lead by practice. In the Western countries, the ministers stand in queues with the common people. In Canada, even the premiers of provinces wait for their turn in the crowd. No one has beacons on their vehicles.

Jagpal Singh Dara, Via email

Mood for change

Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendera Modi has done it again. After Gujarat, the BJP has succeeded in making a hat-trick in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The results reflect the electoral mindset for the coming parliamentary elections .

The humiliating defeat of the Congress is an indication that the people are in a mood for a political change in the country.

Rajat kumar mohindru, Jalandhar

Mature politics

The performance of the AAP in Delhi elections has exceeded all expectations. A new script has been written in Indian democracy. It has the recipe of realism, optimism and hope sans caste politics. This is the sign of mature politics where a voter casts the vote for a cause without any consideration of caste and religion. Let it be a lesson for other political parties that elections can be won without money and muscle power.

D. V K Anand, Patiala

Kejriwal’s test begins

Finally, Arvind Kejriwal has arrived in Delhi's political iconography. With the Congress decimated and the BJP not having much options, the AAP can dictate terms now. The only thing which remains to be seen is that will this “one-man party” (predominantly) be able to clean our national politics with its “broom”?

Anshul Sharma, Via email

Rahul’s lineage

The news item “Most in Delhi are migrants” (November 18) quotes Rahul Gandhi as “My family migrated from Kashmir to Uttar Pradesh and from U.P. to Delhi”. In fact, he was referring to the Nehru family of his grandmother. But family lineage is determined by paternity. Rahul’s grandfather was Feroze Gandhi, whose Parsi ancestos had fled Persia (Iran) by sea in the 7th century and taken shelter in Gujarat (India) in the wake of Muslim Arabs conquest/occupation of Persia. The Parsis still adhere to the pre-Islam Zoroastrian religion of their forefathers and bear Persian names such as Rustam, Jamshed, Feroze, Sohrab etc. This enterprising community gradually migrated to Calcutta and Mumbai, the new commercial hubs of India. The great Parsis like Tata, Wadia, Godrej, Bhaba, Sethna, Palkiwala, Madam Camma, Feroze Gandhi, Sohrab Modi, to mention a few, have contributed immensely to the development of modern India. The migration trajectory of the Rahul Gandhi family, lies through Iran, Gujarat, Mumbai, UP and Delhi and he should be proud of his paternal linage.

S.S. Beniwal, Chandigarh

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