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Sense & nonsense

Sir, — This refers to the column, "Sense and nonsense" (May 30). Along with the political antics of Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti, it is hoped that the act of the Congress MPs begging Sonia Gandhi to lead India is also consigned to the dustbin of history.

S. Raghavan,
Chennai

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Sir, — The protest by Ms. Swaraj and Ms. Bharti would have been meaningful if it had been against the non-passage of the Women's Reservation Bill. But it is rather disheartening to hear of such regressive forms of protest (shaving the hair, wearing a white sari, etc.) from responsible women who are expected to lead the other women on the path of reforms.

E. Pavuna Sundari,
Chennai

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Sir, — The media have described Ms. Gandhi giving up the Prime Minister's post as an act of renunciation. Before handing out such a certificate, we should recollect how Sitaram Kesri was ousted as Congress president. The one good thing that her `renunciation' has yielded is the elevation of Manmohan Singh, an honest and able person, as the Prime Minister.

V. Sekkar,
Thiruvananthapuram

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Sir, — India really is a land of diversities. On the one hand, a leader rejects the post of Prime Minister on the instruction of her `inner voice.' On the other, several outer voices are heard fighting for Ministries.

Gaurav Shrivastava,
Indore, M.P.

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Sir, — Dr. Singh becoming the Prime Minister was welcomed by one and all. But what is happening does not auger well for him. He was not elected by the CPP but nominated by Ms. Gandhi. Allies who want Ministries go directly to 10 Janpath. In any speech, Dr. Singh `thanks' or quotes Ms. Gandhi. He was better off as Narasimha Rao's Finance Minister.

Smitha Manian Kapoor,
Bangalore

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Sir, — One cannot dismiss the hard bargaining in the UPA for Ministries as teething trouble. Worse, all disputes have been officially claimed to have been settled courtesy Ms. Gandhi. This is a severe blow to the authority of the Prime Minister.

Prahlad Chebbi,

Dharwad, Karnataka

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