Sir — The editorial, “Imagined kingdom” (Nov 4), should act as an eye-opener for Mamata Banerjee and her supporters. It is surprising that Banerjee, who fought tooth and nail to overthrow the Left Front regime in the state and vouched to bring in good administration and improve industrialization, is digging her own grave.
She should realize that not all her party workers are honest. Some are in the party to serve their vested interests. There are reports that allege that the involvement of Trinamul Congress leaders has led to the departure of an important investor from Haldia. She should introspect on why a section of print and electronic media, which supported her earlier, has now become her strongest critics. Intellectuals, too, are now maintaining a safe distance from her.Banerjee needs to understand that those who criticize her are not necessarily her enemies. She should mend her ways, accept her mistakes and run the government for the welfare of the people.
Nirupam Haldar, Calcutta
Sir — The chief minister of West Bengal fails to understand that she has to give due weightage to opposition. Her hostility towards any criticism — be it from an individual or from the media — is unbecoming of an elected representative. She has to change her views on land policy, law and order and trade unionism to attract industrialists. Constant opposition to the Central government would not be of much help. Instead, it might have an adverse affect on the economy of West Bengal. The sooner she understands the reality, the better it is for the state. Otherwise, she will go down in the annals of history as a forgotten leader.
Debabrata Sengupta, Howrah
Sir — The exit of the ABG Haldia Bulk Terminals from Haldia is a huge blow to the economy of West Bengal. It will destroy any hopes that the people might have harboured about industrial development, which is essential for the economic well-being of the people in the state. It is time to put the TMC government on the right track as it seems that it is totally unaware of the norms of good governance. If TMC leaders continue to rule the state in this manner, West Bengal will be doomed while other states will move ahead with the changing times.
Kalyan Ghosh, Calcutta
Sir — Ramachandra Guha has appropriately analysed Sonia Gandhi’s methods of functioning and her shortcomings. It is apparent that she is proud of her dynastic roots and is keen to sustain them. Guha has correctly pointed out that in this government, new developmental projects “are often named after Rajiv Gandhi. Even if they are not, Sonia Gandhi will attribute the credit to him.” She often alludes to her late husband’s “technology-driven vision” for India but rarely thanks the common man who have worked hard and helped in the realization of the dream.
Her desire to see her son occupy the prime minister’s chair could well be attributed to a mother’s keenness to see her son reach the epitome of success. But, at the same time, she should encourage more professionalism inside the party. She should also take steps to reward party workers for their merit and competence. That will eventually benefit Rahul Gandhi as well as the Congress, and also contribute to the greater good of the country. India’s polity has been transformed into a rather volatile space. Wise and effective actions on the part of the Congress, one of the major political constituents of the country, instead of irksome and regressive political acts is imperative to reduce the high degree of acrimony that is currently prevailing across the entire Indian political spectrum.
Ranajoy Sen, Calcutta
Sir — The insensitive comment made by Narendra Modi about Shashi Tharoor’s wife, Sunanda Pushkar, does not come as a bolt from the blue (“Low down”, Nov 2). Most politicians resort to similar strategies to malign their opponents. They must be reminded about the importance of etiquette while making statements in public. Ironically, Modi seems to be in a rush to lose his fan-base. His comment on Pushkar exposes his chauvinistic mindset. This is unflattering in a politician who desires to be a national leader and frequently brags about his own accomplishments as chief minister. If Modi believes that his public spat with Tharoor will earn him political mileage, he is wrong. This might result in him losing support. His hopes of becoming a national leader may suffer a setback consequently. This time, Modi is in the news for the wrong reason. If he wants to be a leader, he should learn to respect women.
K.V. Raman, Mumbai
Sir — It was distressing to read the news report, “Rule red tape for baby surgery” (Nov 9). It is a standard practice the world over that whenever there are paediatric surgeons, neonates, infants and children requiring surgical treatment are referred to them. Hardly any surgeon restricts his practice to neonates only; surgical problems of neonates often continue after they have crossed the age of 28 days and it is desirable that the same surgeon looks after them till they become adults.
Subir K. Chatterjee, Calcutta