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Women on top
This refers to your exhaustive cover story 'Great Triumphs, Great Expectations' on the election results in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu (May 14). The way Mamata Banerjee overthrew the Left from power has proved that she is a veritable giant killer. Didi, an honest politician who has risen from the bottom, is very different from J Jayalalithaa - the woman who sent the Karuna clan packing in Tamil Nadu. These poll results clearly prove the point that the voters trust women leaders over men.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, via email
Dismantle the dynasty
Dynasty is indeed the anti-thesis of democracy as expressed in the opinion piece 'Dynasty And Democracy Don't Mix' (May 14). Nowhere has real democracy co-existed with dynasty. Nehru ushered in the dynastic age that was to be replicated much later in TN and Bihar. In the process, he weeded out any budding leader. Only selfish sycophants loyal to the Nehru family remained in the Congress. Hope the Nehru family sees the writing on the wall and disbands its dynasty voluntarily before it is forced to do so.
KC Mehta, via email
Hubris never pays
The 34-year-old uninterrupted rule of the Left parties in West Bengal made them arrogant and they though they were invincible 'Left Out' (May 14). Though recent reverses in the Lok Sabha and local body elections should have prompted the comrades to pull all stops and go for course correction, they dismissed the writing on the wall flippantly. Armed with a sizeable majority minus coalition compulsions, Mamata Banerjee should not lose time in improving the fortunes of the state and its people.
HP Murali, Bangalore
A rare gem
The profile of K Balachander (May7) was a great read. To him goes the credit of mentoring two of the topmost heroes in the south (Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth) and introducing fresh talent consistently. He introduced the legendary AR Rahman and richly deserved the coveted Dadasaheb Phalke award much earlier. Nevertheless, better late than never. Having defied tradition, he can boast of the fact that he had a lot of self-confidence to defy the norm, which was reflected in his movies.
RS Raghavan, via email
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