‘Dystopic’ vision

The article, “India’s shrinking democratic space” (Editorial page, September 15), spells out the brazen attitude of the ruling dispensation in abandoning the basic structure of our Constitution, namely democracy and secularism. The main Opposition party, the Indian National Congress, is unable to perceive the explosive agenda of the right wing. This should be a wake-up call for all democratic minded parties to join hands in thwarting the evil forces that are threatening to cut though the secular fabric of India.

B.B. Ramani,


The choice before the electorate is now the “rest”, which is the Congress and the regional parties. But can we trust the Congress, with its awful track record of a decade and where it was bogged down in alleged corruption charges? The Congress president still has a long way to go in becoming acceptable as a politician. Is the writer suggesting we accept regional parties with a weakened Congress as an alternative to the NDA? This experiment, on an earlier occasion, ended in disaster. And the moot question is, why has the right wing gained an upper hand? This is noticeable in Europe too.

Vijay Kumar Chadalvada,


Memory is not short as far as what the Congress government did is concerned, where appeasement created problems. The fact is that every political party pushes its agenda with a calculated certainty. There is also enough space in India’s democracy for those who are aggrieved to start political parties of their own and propagate their views.

Lakshmi Prasanna,


The article seems to reflect the anti-BJP stance which The Hindu has adopting for been taking for quite some time now. I think it is for the people of this country to decide on whom to elect in 2019. The article appears to be more like a warning to anti-BJP forces.

C.M. Umanath,


The delusion of democracy comes alive only at election time. We choose one or more ‘family members’, we applaud the ‘wise electorate’ and the media writes tomes about how mature Indians are as voters. If the greatness of the republic lies in its link to democracy, with “all citizens as equal stakeholders”, there are lakhs of Indians who still do not know where and when their next meal will come from. A number of Indians still do not have the basics — food, shelter, education, health and security. How can we then say they are equal stakeholders? All political parties are guilty of ignoring their struggles to exist.

Sampath Kumaran,


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