Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 22 Jan 17,Symbols matter

After the recent fight between the father and son of the Samajwadi party in the Indian northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the present Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav retains his symbol cycle for the forthcoming election from the Elections Commission (EC) is the latest dramatic development from Indian politics (‘Akhilesh rides away with Samajwadi Party on ‘bicycle’, Gulf News, January 17). His father and founder of the Samajwadi party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, is going to fight for the symbol. In India, apart from dynasty politics, symbols also play an important role to retaining power.

Politics is only opportunism to retain power without the motive of serving people. We will have to wait and see if the former chief minister will succeed in his motto of bringing back his symbol.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India


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