Narendra Modi, as always, scores remarkably on the scale of performance (“Can Modi Make It?”, August 26). However, to become the prime minister and be at the helm of affairs, BJP and its allies have to win the forthcoming General Elections. It would be unfortunate for the country if a politician of Modi’s credentials is prevented from making it to the top because of the failure of his party.
NEEHARIKA S., Allahabad It is unfortunate that BJP does not have a powerful and generally acceptable leader, indeed a potential prime minister. Nevertheless, the party can derive a measure of strength from Narendra Modi. The people of Gujarat are generally happy with Modi’s leadership because at the end of the day, it is development that counts. Economic progress is vital for the country. However, Modi will succeed as prime minister only if he can handle the politics of India’s diverse communities, religions and castes.
M. KUMAR, Delhi Yes, Modi can make it to the top. He can deliver for
BJP and the country and can be BJP’S prime ministerial candidate. Modi need not do anything special to woo voters. He has already proven himself to be an able administrator. To top it, his brilliant oratory skills can swing the votes in favour of
BJP even in Uttar Pradesh.
A. SRIKANTAIAH, Bangalore Irrespective of the court’s verdict, Modi is still considered guilty by many for the 2002 Godhra riots. There are no gains in denial and saying ‘ sorry’ to the nation could, in fact, make him a more likeable prime ministerial prospect in a country as diverse as India. He also needs to devise convincing manifestos to ease debilitating issues of price rise, corruption, depreciating rupee and dwindling economy to woo voters.
SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia