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THE TRIBUNE 08 CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 29 MAY 2019 OPINION Staring at a slowdown Make the right moves Refer to the May 26 report, ‘Modi: Pro- incumbency wave, we also stand for those we need to win over’; Modi’s meeting with NDA MPs and RSS fra- ternity after the victory sent the right signal. By focusing on the inclusion of all, irrespective of political affiliation, caste or creed, Modi has sent a strong warning which needs to be heeded by RSS’ foot soldiers, BJP and NDA cadres. PM Modi should try to end what was increasingly becoming a polarised society. The renewed man- date gives him another opportunity to put the record straight and silence his sceptics. All efforts must be made by Modi 2.0 government to win back the trust of the minorities. A workaholic, Modi must know how hard he has to work if he is to meet the challenges that await him. For a start, he must dis- cipline self-appointed vigilantes and minority-baiters like Sadhvi Pragya. PRAKASH HANSPAUL, BY MAIL Fall was imminent In ‘Paradoxes of mass democracy’ (May 27), the writer tries to establish that the BJP victory is a cult of narcis- sism and can lead to authoritarianism. I differ with his views. The ‘Modi wave’ is not the first in Indian democ- racy. Nehru/Congress wave dominat- ed the first two general elections. Lat- er, the Indira wave swept in 1971 and Rajiv sympathy wave was visible in 1984. In the recent elections, the BJP projected Modi as the sole prime-min- isterial candidate in contrast to sever- al prime-ministerial aspirants in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ and conspicu- ous indecision in the Congress. People vote for a strong leader, an icon for uni- ty and security of the country. Only Modi fulfilled these requirements in people’s perception. In hindsight, the Congress failed to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of poverty allevia- tion, removal of caste system and pro- moting cleanliness. It only crafted slo- gans on social evils to win elections. LR SHARMA, SUNDERNAGAR Congress lost the plot Refer to ‘Congress beyond Gandhis’ (May 28); Nehru-Gandhi scions have been running the Congress since Independence. Nehru and Indira’s image was larger than life. Nobody in the party had the courage to challenge their authority. Consequently, a sec- ond line of leadership never bloomed, which could lead the party in case of a leadership vacuum. Regional party leaders like Lalu, Mulayam, Mamata and Mayawati are streetfighters and understand the pulse of the public. But their parties are now reduced to family fiefdoms and have lost touch with the common man. Their person- al interests hampered Opposition uni- ty. Rahul Gandhi lost the opportunity to get administrative as well as politi- cal experience under Manmohan Singh. Now there is a serious question of the survival of the party. Lack of vision and distortion from principles caused a debacle in the recent polls.

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