The DMK chief, M. Karunanidhi, and his party have proved to be survivors par excellence. Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds is an art they have perfected (“Ready to whine, afraid to bark,” Oct. 3). When they were with the NDA, they never saw any communal colour in the blend. But the moment the Congress decided to form the UPA, the DMK became the champion of secularism. After seeing Mamata Banerjee’s bold move, the DMK is now ready to bark, a step ahead of whining. The main reason it continues to stay in the coalition is it somehow wants to wriggle out of the 2G muddle.

K.R.A. Narasiah, Chennai

The DMK is a bundle of contradictions. On the one hand, it wants to support an Opposition-sponsored resolution against FDI in retail and, on the other, it does not want to vote the UPA out. The party wants to cling to the alliance at the Centre.

A.V. Narayanan, Tiruchi

The editorial is frank and astute. The DMK has been in worse predicament before. But it has always rallied around thanks to political manoeuvring. It did not hesitate to join hands with even the BJP. Who knows, it may join hands with the Trinamool Congress and embarrass the Centre.

K. Panchapagesan, Bangalore

One can only pity Mr. Karunanidhi. He has to prove his loyalty to the Centre, voice his opposition to FDI in retail, protect his partymen caught in corruption cases, and satisfy all his political heirs. One cannot but laud his relentless spirit and indomitable will.

Meenakshi Pattabiraman, Madurai

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