Seeing eye to eye

* This refers to the editorial 'What people want' (IE, January 8). The brand-new AAP government in Delhi seems confused. Its leaders speak in different voices Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan have widely divergent views on the Kashmir issue. It will be detrimental to and counterproductive for the party to insist on holding a referendum on every complex or contentious issue that crops up. The AAP was able to form government in Delhi thanks to its anti-corruption election plank.

It must now focus its energies on fulfilling its poll promises in Delhi. It is still too early to say whether the party will manage to break into the national arena.

N.V. Unnithan

Mumbai

The way forward

* This refers to 'An army of teachers' by Arjun Subramaniam (IE, January 7). The writer's suggestion of using retired defence personnel to revamp our education sector is excellent. Utilising ex-service persons in this way will be a boon for the sector. Indian defence personnel are known for their perseverance, discipline and efficiency. The writer's suggested course of action will not only help educate children who are currently left out of the school system, but it will also inculcate an ethic of discipline and confidence in them. The retired personnel would also get the opportunity to give back to society and utilise their unique talents.

Sourav Saha

Delhi

Having a say

* This refers to 'A not so distant state' by Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner (IE, January 8). The writer highlighted heartening patterns of change in our rural society. Rural Indians are at the epicentre of deprivation in our country. It is a relief to know that they are able to make claims on the state and have their say.

Kushan Dixit

Lucknow

Wait and watch

* Apropos of 'Rule by messiahs' by Prabhat Patnaik (IE, January 8). The AAP "experiment" has not yet unfolded sufficiently to be judged. Whether the honest and well-intentioned people devoting themselves to solving social problems will succeed in permanently reforming society, or whether the party will fail due to its "non-thought", remains to be seen. Is the AAP just another party aiming to capture political power? The hype around the party may remain till the general elections of 2014, which will be watched closely. It is undeniable that it has successfully channelled the anger and frustration of common people. In this, it has captured space from the Left which, in spite of its fetish for "thought", is a declining force.

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