Modi’s Chal­lenges

India Today - - MAIL -

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

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