Letters to the editor: Quiet revolution

Quiet revolution

* The underlying forces shaping politics in the post-Mandal, post-Mandir phase have been economic. Mulayam Singh Yadav, who once spoke against the English language and computers, is distributing free laptops; Narendra Modi is hardselling his primarily "Gujarat model" of development; Nitish Kumar, the face of Bihar's development, has been trying to mobilise others on the issue of economic backwardness. The Naveen Patnaiks, the Raman Singhs and the Shivraj Chouhans, who have successfully combined government doles with enterprise-driven development, have all been speaking about economic change. Given the high growth achieved, the rise in school and college enrolment and the penetration of internet and mobiles in far flung areas, the "quiet revolution" launched in 1991 is finally making an impact on politics.

Manish Kumar


Phase two

* The floods that struck the hills of Uttarakhand might be part natural disaster, part manmade tragedy. But the next disaster, which seems to be around the corner, could be fully manmade. Thousands have perished and much livestock has been lost. Unless the area is cleared and cleaned in time, devastating epidemics could break out ('Uttarakhand Flood: Mass cremation of bodies begins amid epidemic fears', IE, June 27). Perhaps non-governmental organisations should come forward at this point. Waiting for the government to act could prove to be a mistake. Politicians in general have the tendency to swing into action only after the mishap has occurred, and even then they seem more taken up with trading accusatins rather than doing things on the ground.

Abdul Monim


No politics, please

* The Uttarakhand disaster is a natural calamity and parties should not use it for political mileage ('Shocker in Uttarakhand: MPs almost come to blows over flood-relief work', IE, June 26). All political parties in the country should come together and help in the rescue operation. There is no need to flaunt party colours in this effort. Meanwhile, the military is doing excellent work in Uttarakhand. All Indians appreciate Indian military for its extraordinary effort and the sacrifices made by its jawans.

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