Lotus blooms in Assam
Apropos of the editorial “Congress-mukt Bharat” (FE, May 20), the Congress is surely losing its base across the country, and for good reason. In Assam, even secular-minded people voted for the BJP, ignoring its alleged ‘communal’ tag. The Congress’s failure to project a chief ministerial candidate other than Tarun Gogoi and pacify dissident leader Himanta Biswa Sharma harmed its prospects in the state. PM Modi has rightly termed the BJP’s victory in Assam as “historic” and “phenomenal”. BJP has shown that tough non-populist administrative measures can find acceptance with the people. The BJP which has been trying hard for the last few years to make inroads into India’s northeast, has not only assured to end the existing corruption in Assam but also to bring change and development and give employment to the youth. It clearly shows that the people of Assam have been frustrated at the functioning of the Congress government. There is no doubt that the new government will take concrete steps for overall development of Assam and other part of the region and will come out to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people of the state. In West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee seems to have fought muscle power with muscle power. The results are a lesson for the Congress party; it is on a steady decline in the country’s political arena. The picture shows that one of the significant outcomes of the Assembly results lies in the stupendous victory of the two women in an otherwise male-dominated polity. Now, when the BJP has won the people’s mandate, it must set up a model administration in Assam by doing away with the corrupt governance of its predecessors.
Vinod Dixit, Ahmedabad
Apropos of the news report “Apple opens office in Hyderabad for development of maps” (FE, May 20), the advent of Apple Inc. in Hyderabad, on the heels of Google opening its campus in the cyber city, adds a new feather to the IT cap of Hyderabad. Kudos to chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s son KT Rama Rao for wooing the California-based smartphone-giant. Looking at the history of tech enterprise in Telangana (and the former state of undivided Andhra Pradesh), one cannot but recall the phenomenal effort of Chandrababu Naidu in attracting the who’s who of software enterprise—from Microsoft to Satyam—with his computer proficiency (a rare skill among politicians in 1997) and his unshakable belief in tech enterprise. Hyderabad enjoyed a heady spell of enterprise investment even as its pre-eminent rival, Bangalore, was enticing Silicon Valley. Hope Apple creates more jobs by manufacturing its iconic iPhones in India.
Pidatala Pratyusha , Hyderabad
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