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No confidence

The article ‘Is there hope for Cong, still?’ by Aditi Tandon (Sunday Tribune, Feb 2) gives insight into the internal dynamics prevailing in the party. Rahul has now transformed himself from a reluctant to a full-time politician. He wishes to bring in changes, though it is too late now. His plan to have a ‘connect’ with people is not yet visible. The indication that preference will be given to the youth, women, minorities and Dalits may yield some positive results if vigorously pursued. But his pronouncements don't match the action on the ground. He ducks an ordinance on convicted lawmakers, but plans to ally with the same elements. The voters are confused with the double-speak.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Why so gloomy?

Apropos the article ‘Mr PM, go on the offensive, it’s never too late’ by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, February 2), it has been rightly pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should speak extempore instead of reading from a written text. He is seen turning pages from right to left. Is his speech written in Urdu? Doesn’t he know Hindi? And why must he always put on a grim and a gloomy face? He may be quiet by nature, but a quiet look is different from a gloomy look. A smiling face, a cheerful look and the ability to speak impromptu are some of the essential traits of a successful leader. Gloom spreads gloom all around and a smile brings cheer to everyone. One can adopt a cheerful look even at the last leg of one’s career or age. It is never too late to learn.

Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (retd), Jalandhar



The GDP which was over 8 per cent when Manmohan took over as the Prime Minister has gone down to less than 4 per cent. The rates of essential commodities have increased manifold. The production of food grains is constantly rising, but due to poor management, the grains are rotting. The Congress divided Hindus on the basis of caste and further created a division by promoting minorities. Is it rational to give scholarships and host of benefits to minorities on the pretext of uplifting them and denying the same to upper caste Hindus, even though they maybe economically weaker? Benefits should be given on economic considerations. But the Congress does not want the whole country to prosper as this would affect its vote bank.

OP Bajaj, email

Stand as one

Apropos ‘View from Asian, not western, standpoint’ (Sunday Tribune, Feb 2), let us read the observations of Lord Macuaulay to identify ourselves as people with moral values and caliber to compete with anyone. India will emerge as a superpower on its spiritual strength alone. To make that happen, we should adopt an evolutionary approach and not expect miracles. Let us use concave lenses which unite us instead of convex lenses that divide us on non-issues which can be ignored for the great cause of our identity.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

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