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Posted at: Dec 13, 2018, 12:07 AM; last updated: Dec 13, 2018, 12:07 AM (IST)

The voter knows...

APROPOS ‘BJP juggernaut has a flat tyre’ (Nous Indica; Dec 12), the results are an eye-opener and a lesson for  all. Time and experience are universal and evergreen teachers! Those who do not learn from them are doomed. Degrading institutions by the Modi-Shah duo paved the way for these results. People were fed up with the apparent lack of respect for the rule of law, collective wisdom, dissent, expertise, accountability and consensual approach in addressing issues. The duo does not believe in admitting and learning from past mistakes. The party gave in to complacency and superiority complex instead of focusing on sensitive issues like farmers’ distress, unemployment and alleviation of poverty. On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi conducted himself gracefully, and with humility, admitted that he learnt a lot from Congress’ worst-ever poll debacle, and from Modi too. The 2019 polls will spring startling surprises. It will be foolish on the part of political outfits of India to take things and the electorate for granted! 

PK Sharma, Barnala 

Congress victory

Refer to ‘BJP juggernaut has a flat tyre’ (Dec 12); the results of the Assembly elections have manifested the anticipation of the exit polls. Congress victory in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and the termination of the BJP’s winning streak in Madhya Pradesh have made a massive statement for the BJP that there is still a long way for the party to make India ‘Congress free’. The Congress has made a strong comeback in mainstream politics. The results have affirmed that the voters are not in the mood to withstand arrogance and fake promises of any party.

Tushar Anand, Patna

A warning call

The poll results have rejuvenated the political arena and have come as a breath of life for the Congress, struggling for relevance after a string of electoral defeats. The results are a rude wake-up call for the BJP.  There are many factors which can be attributed to BJP’s loss, but one thing is sure that people do not want to be divided on religious lines. All the mandir-masjid talk and renaming of cities has resulted in a naught. People have punished the BJP for deviating from the issue of development on which it had received a historic mandate in 2014. Farmers have voted against the BJP and the young first-time voters, who were with the party, seem to have deserted it this time. A rejuvenated Opposition, a confident Rahul Gandhi and a government on its toes will make the election season extremely interesting. 

Arun Bhatia, by mail

No to divisive politics

BJP’s loss in the recent elections shows that people have completely rejected the divisive vote-bank politics based on caste, community and religion. The party needs to overhaul its functioning. The focus must be on the well-being of people through projects aimed at economic prosperity, growth and development. 


Jolt to BJP

The adverse poll result is a jolt to the rising graph of the BJP and a solace for the Congress. How well these states are managed by the new governments shall be judged in due course, but if the trend is reflected in the 2019 polls, it can cause a serious damage to BJP’s prospects. Whereas the difference in vote percentage between the BJP and the Congress is minute, NOTA seems to have worked decisively against the BJP in MP and Rajasthan. May the Almighty save Bharat from corrupt and destructive forces. 

Jai Prakash Gupta, Ambala Cantt

No ghosts here

In her article on Bhangarh (Spectrum, Dec 9) the writer has only propagated the most beaten theory of a ‘haunted place’. I couldn’t find apparitions, ghosts or even shades of supernatural beings in the fort or its vicinity. The same thing was aired in respect to a 17th century hilltop fort at Khetri, but when I went inside, I couldn’t find anything, but bats, and returned safely. Bhangarh is a picturesque place and the footfall on a Sunday or holiday time is around 3,000! Who will like to stay in a deserted place after sunset? It is illogical to spread a scare about places that have significant historical heritage.

Ranbir Singh, Rohtak

A chef in every home 

Refer to the middle ‘Was queen of hearts and flavours’ (Dec 12); in this world of technology, YouTube is a very successful medium to showcase one’s talent. The 107-year-old Karre Mastanamma did it and became a celebrity chef. In India, every homemaker is a chef in their families. What Mastanamma did in her life at this age is truly inspiring.

Dipankar Chawla, Yamunanagar

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