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Above suspicion

Narendra Modi's rhetoric mainly confines to one agenda ó the development of India on the pattern of Gujarat ('For PM wannabes, no getting away from the past' by Raj Chengappa; Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, April 6). His silence on giving confidence to the minorities that their lives, property and honour shall be protected in their country is a major flaw. A Prime Minister should be forthright and must possess secular credentials. The BJP manifesto will only accentuate disbelief among the voters and erode Modiís credibility to run India as a secular statesman with a vision.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali

II

The article presents a grim post-election scenario as politics has been polarised beyond repair. Both Congress and BJP are playing the communal card. The ugly past is being tossed up without the fear of the law or the Election Commission or the consequences. Hate speeches are on the rise. Clear infighting is going on in the BJP, where the top leadership is annoyed with Modi's way of functioning as an autocrat. Modi considers himself above the party. He has disgraced the entire political scene by communalising politics with hate speeches.

RK Kapoor, Chandigarh

III

India needs a Prime Minister who integrates and not divides. Modi has failed to reassure the minorities that they would not be discriminated against. Even Rahul Gandhi has failed to apologise for the anti-Sikh riots. They must clarify and satisfy public curiosity over the matter and come clean.

Tara Chand, mail





Get it right

Reference to 'Wishing for some guts and honesty' by Ira Pande (Sunday Tribune, April 6), the falling standards in election campaigns are disturbing. Political decorum is being pushed out by incivility and vulgar language. Voters are being influenced with booze and money power. Sections of the media are showing bias in favour of particular candidates instead of remaining neutral. The youth and middle class must rise against all such ills to elect only honest and dedicated leaders. The Election Commission should be very strict in dealing with irregularities.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Fair trial?

Apropos 'Leaving Musharraf's fate to court works for all' (Sunday Tribune, April 6), Pakistan is a fledgling democracy where the army plays the dominant role. Though Musharraf has been indicted in the treason trial, respectful treatment given to him on his comeback from Dubai and the Special Court's order paving way for his departure from Pakistan raise doubts about its fairness. Will the government and the judiciary ensure that the formal accountability proceedings lead to a logical conclusion?

Tajpreet S Kang, Hoshiarpur





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