Sonshine in U.P.


This is in response to the editorial “Sonshine in U.P.” (March 12). Until recently, the image of an average Indian politician was that of an old man clad in white, delivering long speeches. The Indian political scene has undergone a change with young, educated politicians entering the fray. Akhilesh Yadav, the latest entrant, may be an inheritor of a political legacy but his energy and enthusiasm in the election campaign have set hopes riding on him.

As rightly pointed out, Akhilesh has many challenges ahead. Being the Chief Minister of one of the largest and most economically backward States is certainly not easy.

Sudha Hariharan,


Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav's move of stepping aside in favour of his son who scripted the SP's fabulous victory in U.P. is welcome, even if it is dynastic politics. The younger Yadav's performance will be zealously watched by the people of the State. He should make a beginning by taking firm action against those who were involved in post-poll violence in some parts of the State.

J. Akshay,


The claim by some that Akhilesh Yadav won because the SP fought the U.P. elections on a “positive agenda” is inappropriate. The U.P. electorate wanted the BSP out and the SP, the party with the largest number of foot-soldiers, benefited. It was the general anti-incumbency factor, more than anything significant related to party manifestos or promises, that brought the SP to power.

Yugal Joshi,

New Delhi

Even though the “son” in U.P. shines within the democratic fold, one cannot digest the fact that even after six decades of independence, the nation is rooted in dynastic politics. The erstwhile “maharajas” have been replaced by dynastic politicians in almost every State.

BSP leader Mayawati lost a golden opportunity to develop the State as one entity, resulting in other castes moving away from her and exposing her own vulnerable brethren to atrocities. Whether Akhilesh will rise above caste politics, time alone can tell.

V. Sundararajan,


The SP has done a good thing by selecting the 38-year-old Akhilesh to lead U.P. The young leader has already displayed his penchant for progress with the promise that all college students will be provided free laptops, dispelling the belief that the SP is averse to computers and the internet. He has also declared that law and order will be maintained at any cost, with upright officials in command. One can only hope that the young Chief Minister will usher in peace and progress in U.P.

N.K. Vijayan,


Dynastic succession has become a common feature in Indian politics. The DMK, the Akali Dal and the Shiv Sena which started as movements have become family enterprises. About the Congress, the lesser said the better.

So there is nothing surprising in Mr. Mulayam Singh passing on the mantle to his son. Although Akhilesh has worked for the party, I feel the senior Yadav has acted in haste. The BSP is still a strong force in U.P. The BJP may be down now but it is a national party. The Congress is leading the coalition at the Centre. Most important, there is dissatisfaction within the SP over Akhilesh becoming Chief Minister. Can the young leader tackle all these challenges?

Karavadi Raghava Rao,


Now that he is set to become the Chief Minister of U.P., Akhilesh Yadav, MP for Kannauj, will have to resign. There will be a by-election to elect another MP. Why should the public bear the cost of the re-election? It is time electoral laws were amended. If a duly elected person resigns from his constituency because he has been elected from two constituencies, or because he wants to contest from some other constituency, he or his party should be made to bear the cost of the re-election.

C.N.N. Nair,


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