The most infamous incident, 2002 and Gujarat, will of course be etched in history irrespective of the magnitude that befell those in 1984. But what is intriguing is the barrage of negative debates is still on. The very fact that Narendra Modi’s three successive wins at the hustings is enough to prove the mandate of the people — a result that may surprise many secularists.

N. Visveswaran,

Chennai

A majority of the people are fed up with the ruling Congress party as it has turned a blind eye to rampant corruption and price rise. But it would be a mistake for the BJP to want to cash on this widespread frustration by projecting Mr. Modi as the answer to all our problems. The principal national parties are two sides of the same coin. The fact is that for want of a better political alternative, people are compelled to fill the political vacuum by accepting the BJP.

Separately, why is there no Modi wave in Delhi? It is because Delhi has a better and much cleaner third alternative.

Radha Krishna Kumar,

New Delhi

The analysis of the Modi phenomenon (editorial page, Nov. 6), shows that the political days ahead will be turbulent. This is neither honest politics nor true democracy. The speeches of almost all our tall leaders are increasingly getting laced with demagoguery and cheap chicanery. There are vociferous national debates on the seasonal rise in the price of commodities, the fall in the rupee’s value and reactions to daily events. A battle between the government and the Opposition has taken away the space and time of the legislative houses, holding up all their legislative responsibilities.

M.A.M. Khan,

Hyderabad

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