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The Modi years

Election Special 1 (April 12) was in effect a White Paper on the Narendra Modi dispensation at the Centre. A matter of grave concern is that prestigious institutions, constitutional and otherwise, have been weakened through coercion and intimidation during the BJP’s rule. One feels disheartened that the opposition is far from united even at the eleventh hour.

Ayyasseri Raveendranath

Aranmula, Kerala

NO doubt Prime Minister Narendra Modi has the gift of speech, mostly in Hindi. He has never stopped targeting the opposition parties, especially the Congress, for all the ills affecting the nation. His speeches spew venom and are lapped up by the adoring public that attends his rallies. In his way of working, he has no need to consult anyone and relies on BJP president Amit Shah and one or two close confidants.

During his five-year rule, he has hardly held any meeting with the media. Although the number of opposition MPs in Parliament is small, Modi has rarely met them and listened to their viewpoints. He behaves more like a dictator than the head of a democratically elected government. He is intolerant of any opposition and thinks he knows best. Consultation and compromise do not appear to be words in his vocabulary, such is the ego of the person governing the largest democracy in the world.

D.B.N. Murthy

Bengaluru

THE dramatic action taken by the Prime Minister to demonetise the 500- and 1,000-rupee note was a shock to citizens, the reverberations of which are still being felt after 30 months (“A terror strike”, April 12). That there was something fundamentally wrong with demonetisation is apparent from the fact that the BJP makes no reference to it in its election rhetoric. Demonetisation led to a loss of jobs, the closure of small businesses and caused senior citizens and the poor who depend on cash needless trauma. Some people died trying to access their own money. It has shaken people’s faith in venerable state institutions.

The much touted benefits of demonetisation of curbing or bringing back “black money” and creating a cashless economy have proved illusory. All the suffering was unnecessary. Unlike the other much extolled surgical strikes, this is one surgical strike the government would prefer citizens not to remember.

H.N. Ramakrishna

Bengaluru

THIS is with reference to the Editor’s Note (April 12). After getting rid of colonial rule in 1947, the Indian electorate has so far sustained the country’s federal democracy to protect the hard-earned individual liberty and dignity of citizens. Modi is exploiting the culture of blind faith of a section of society by whipping up Hindutva jingoism. The space feats of scientists and the bravery of the IAF are being used to the hilt to stoke the emotions of the masses. The hate-infected fascist style of Modi’s governance is manifest all over the country. Those who criticise or oppose him are declared anti-national and are victimised under draconian laws. Investigation agencies are freely used (read misused) against his opponents. The media have been reduced to being his personal bagpipers.

He is scared that the Congress party has the potential to become the main opposition at the national level.

M.N. Bhartiya

Alto-Porvorim, Goa

Election Special 1 was a White Paper on the despotic BJP government under Modi, who has tried to make political capital out of each and every issue at the cost of the development and welfare of people. Pluralism is vanishing fast, leaving the masses feeling increasingly insecure and the nation in chaos. The BJP is unnecessarily bragging about nationalistic concerns. This assessment of the questionable performance of the Modi regime is timely and has unmasked the BJP and shown how it is making an all-out effort to retain power by hook or by crook.

B. Rajasekaran

Bengaluru

THERE cannot be a greater fascism than dynastic succession and the remote control of the country’s executive by a well-entrenched dynasty. While Jawaharlal Nehru laid a firm foundation for democracy, science and planned development, the Congress could not solve the key problems the country faced after Partition. The Kashmir conundrum, cross-border terrorism, corruption, misplaced secularism and the problem of poverty are some of the legacies Modi inherited from the Congress. Modi’s long-term vision can be seen in his actions, be it health care insurance, free LPG cylinders, electricity for remote villages or housing for the poor. The building of highways and metro networks has strengthened the country’s infrastructure.

While the UPA sat on the fence on terrorism, Modi took the bold decision to strike deep into Pakistan territory and destroy a major terror facility. And his Mission Shakti has opened a new military dimension for India in space.

Kangayam R. Narasimhan

Chennai

New Zealand

SOON after the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, the government banned semi-automatic guns and assault weapons (“Racist terror”, April 12). In a speech, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the perpetrator was a criminal and a terrorist with an extremist ideology and that he would remain nameless as far as she was concerned. There is a lot the Indian government must learn from the remarkable leadership shown by Jacinda Ardern, from tackling terrorism to measures taken to control right-wing politics.

Bharat

Jaipur

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