Question time

Question time

APROPOS 'Sonia tours: BJP, Modi cash in on 1,880-cr "error"'(IE, October 3), the controversy on Sonia Gandhi's foreign travel expenditure refuses to die down, mainly thanks to the clumsy handling of the matter by Congress spokespersons. The original RTI query was only to do with the Congress chief's travel expenses, it did not enquire specifically about her travel for health reasons. However, her representatives refuse to give a straight reply and to clarify whether these were borne personally or by the public exchequer. Why is the Congress is so secretive about its leaders' expenses?

— M. Ratan

New Delhi

Unsung hero

OCTOBER 2 happens to be the birthday of our former prime minister, the late Lal Bahadur Shastri. Shastri is remembered for his down-to-earth nature, his austerity and above all, his patriotism and unmatched courage. The credit for India's victory over Pakistan in 1965 may go largely to him. But the leader has been forgotten. We associate October 2 only with Mahatma Gandhi.

— Hansraj Bhat

Mumbai

Clutching at straws

WHEN the Supreme Court delivered its judgment on the presidential reference over the 2G spectrum case, the Congress expressed much delight and saw it as a victory for the party ('Courting reason', IE, October 3). But after a closer study of the verdict and clarifications offered by legal experts, it has become clear that this is in fact a landmark judgment that will pave the way for complete transparency in the allocation of natural resources by any government in the future. There is no reason for a particular party to rejoice. It seems that the Congress is clutching at straws to stay afloat and divert people's attention from its failures.

— M.K. Jinsi

Zirakpur

Out of tune

APROPOS 'A duet of disharmony' (IE, September 28), Lata Mangeshkar's statement about the late Mohammad Rafi reminded me of a particular quote: "The vanquished never speaks well of the victor."

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