Rahul’s merry-go-round
The much awaited interview with Rahul Gandhi portrayed him as a very good performer on the merry-go-round (January 28). Like any other typical Congress spokesman appearing on debating panels, he was brazenly going round and round in circles, only talking of women empowerment and changing of the existing system. Although the questions were specific, he conveniently avoided giving direct answers. It only served to expose the hollowness of the party. Some of the recent instances of his interventions have proved that in spite of being in an influential position, he was only coming out with outbursts after the horse had bolted from the stable or like the police in Hindi movies, who appear on the scene of the crime a little too late.
K R Prithvi Raj

Just plain unlucky
Team India was distinctly unlucky in the second ODI against New Zealand to have been set a stiff revised target of 297 runs due to the Duckworth-Lewis formula, which comes into operation in rain-affected matches. It has been seen that the team batting second invariably gets a raw deal by its application. The hosts had only scored 271 runs and our team had scored 277 and that should have been enough to be awarded the match. Then again in the third ODI, just one more run off the last ball would have given us the match, but that was not to be and Jadeja could score only a single with all his heroics. Luck indeed plays a a crucial role in cricket, as in many other fields.
V Subramanyan Iyer

MNS has spoilsport value
Consequent upon the toll-breaking call and its subsequent implementation by the MNS, the clamour is increasing for some strict action against the MNS chief. However, considering the immense spoilsport value of the MNS during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, it is unlikely that the Congress-NCP government will take any concrete action against Raj Thackeray. They may make a show of it in such a way that the case lingers on for a long time until it is completely erased from the public memory.
Vineet Phadtare

Congress can do no better?
As Rahul Gandhi stood exposed after the interview on January 27, it was very disappointing to see that the Grand Old Party of India doesn’t have a better prime ministerial candidate than Rahul Gandhi. What is worse is the Prime Minister of India (and one of the best economists in this country) is desperate to pass over the job to this novice, called Rahul Gandhi.
Aren’t the Gandhi family and the Congress making the nation risk a bit too much? The Congress might be a private family-run enterprise, but our country is not. And the interview clearly showed that Rahul Gandhi as of now is not at all ready for the top job. By this I don’t mean to say Rahul Gandhi is to be blamed for anything, he isn’t just ready and needs more time and experience.
Devendra Pai

Father’s boon to one son
With reference to: ‘To get back, Alagiri must turn on the charm’ (January 28), let me make an observation. The succession battle in the DMK between Stalin and Alagiri may have been put to rest. But is it only temporary? To save the family tree, the diseased branch may have been chopped off. And Karunanidhi may have elevated Stalin – the ‘rising son’ – to the highest seat in his ‘council’ of the wise at the ‘sunset’ of his political career. Karuna says in his own version of Tirukkura: ‘The boon to a son from his father; is he makes him worthy of precedence in the council of wise at the top.’ — Verse 67, Tirukkural.
But in the ‘K Klutch Klan’, there is still a generation waiting to be made worthy of precedence. And if the DMK’s history is anything go by, it could well be an ugly battle.
Subrahmanian S H

Why always the Gujarat model?
I note that the Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi, while giving speeches all around the country, propagates the Gujarat model. The BJP had been in power in Maharashtra for some time, Karnataka and Bihar till recently, as also in Delhi. Besides, they were in power at the centre and at that time they were carrying on their ‘India Shining’ campaign. The NDA could have very well advocated the Gujarat model in all the BJP ruled states and also at the centre. I fail to understand the logic behind the suggestion that the Gujarat model, which could not be followed at that time, is now sought to be emulated all over India.
S S Nair

‘Parivar’ and ‘Parivartan’
The very partisan and the politically manipulated functioning of the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) is there for all to see. To get his way in appointing persons of his choice to all government posts, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar high-handedly appointed his relative, Kurupati Dwarkanath Row, to the very high constitutional post as the chairman of GPSC.
Over the years, the GPSC had been declaring on their website the names of the candidates selected for various posts. But this year, they have only displayed the seat number of the person selected. And this way, the selection gets shrouded in utter secrecy, until of course, the appointments are made.
If the government is serious in eradicating corruption and claims it is different from the previous corrupt regimes, then it is time Parrikar waves his magic wand and sets the process right. Mr Chief Minister, it cannot be all in the Parivar. It is time to rise above personal agendas for the good of Goa and the dust of the rust, which is bringing bad repute to this government, which had promised a ‘Parivartan’ by way of good governance.
Aires Rodrigues

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