World is watching
The international ramifications of the US elections are well known. And, this explains why THE WEEK came up with incisive analyses through its cover stories more than once (‘The great American election heist’, November 1).
While Donald Trump has to show proof of good governance before the electorate, Joe Biden is obliged to showcase his promise for good governance.
As far as India goes, it is better to keep our fingers crossed and hope that the lesser evil would mount the victory stand. However, it is a matter of gratification that so many Indian Americans have had a decisive say in the political destiny of the world’s oldest democracy.
I feel Donald Trump will surprise everyone and get re-elected. There is a section of media that always hates him. The majority of Americans wanted tariffs and a border wall, and Trump did just that. Biden is not a strong candidate. It is better for the US and the world if Trump continues as the president of the US.
Trump will keep China in check, and that is something we desperately need at this juncture.
Your cover image showing Trump blowing off Biden’s torch was really good. The Indian connections, projected by the Democrats, through Kamala Harris, Trump’s blaring assertion that he has chased away Covid-19 despite a heavy toll, and both parties vying each other in extending support to solve Indo-China border crisis are sending ripples among the electorate.
On the whole, the US presidential election presents a mixed bag to the voters.
Why highlight him?
Javed Miandad used his brains not only for cricket, but also for so many other things (‘Point blank’, November 1). He was not that great a cricketer, and has always cursed India. Javed’s son is married to the daughter of India’s most wanted fugitive, Dawood Ibrahim. You should not highlight what people like Miandad have to say.
A letter to look forward to
I always start reading THE WEEK from the Letter from the Editor. This is because Philip Mathew will take us to a new unknown zone each time he writes to us.
I wish Mathew will write to us regularly, and not make it an occasional affair.
Nitish once again
Tejashwi Yadav may show promise, but the sins committed by his father, Lalu Prasad, will remain in the minds of the people for a long time to come (‘Audacity of hope’, November 1). The JD(U)-BJP alliance will comfortably retain power in Bihar. The lack of law and order and development had been Bihar’s bane for decades. Development came to Bihar only after Nitish Kumar became chief minister.
On guard, please
Navtej Sarna’s column (‘Prepare for smallpox and more’, November 1) sounded ominous, given that Covid-19 is on a rampage and we are unable to tame it. It actually points to the unpredictability of it all, since no degree of sophistication prepared the health infrastructure to battle the virus. We need to keep our fingers crossed, and not lower our guard against known and unknown viruses.
P. Prasand Thampy,
The story on how some Gujarati enterprises have succeeded in turning the pandemic-posed challenges and adversities to their advantage made for an interesting read (‘Antivirus programme’, October 25).
This offers valuable lessons in entrepreneurship and business acumen to students of business management and founders of start-ups. These companies have displayed a high degree of adaptability, which is essential for survival in the business world. Amul milked every big and small opportunity thrown in its way.
Varsha V. Shenoy,
The ambitious programme of providing piped water to every home by 2024 seems to be highly impractical as there are innumerable arid stretches extending to several square kilometres in the country, where even providing water tankers would be a big challenge (‘Ganga is among the top ten cleanest long rivers in the world’, October 25).
In order to cater to the vast populace, large number of tanks and reservoirs have to be built, which will be possible by trans-basin water transfer from surplus river basins to deficit ones. For this, interlinking of rivers is the only solution as our rivers are mostly rain-fed.
Nothing new to offer
Shobhaa De’s columns reads like the neighbourhood gossiper aunty’s gasconade about her high-profile life and connections. You should not be wasting a valuable page to boost her ego.