Wednesday, March 21, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Time for introspection

The recent revelations by and the subsequent action of the opposition parties and the ruling alliance call for introspection at all levels. In this country a certain amount of corruption is assumed to be a part of the system.

The politicians who are raising a hue and cry over these revelations, have forgotten that under their regime the country was rocked by a number of scandals. They should also remember that their former Prime Minister, Mr P.V. Narsimha Rao, has been found guilty of bribery. None of the ministers, officials or Congress office-bearers resigned at that time. They used their power, influence and tricks of the trade to wriggle out of the situation.

These acts of the Congress have brought the country to a point where the masses accept corruption to be a past of the system.

Leaders of the Congress and its part governments have set a bad example for others by accepting bribes, interfering with the findings of various commissions and willfully destroying the character of the nation.



Reservation for women

Reservation has become an instrument of politicians to win the votes of the SCs, STs, women and other weaker sections of society. The politicians, notably those in power, have exploited the issue of reservation to feather their own nests. The real beneficiaries of this system are not the needy but the politicians and their henchmen. A majority of the women in politics have reached where they are because they are the wives or widows or daughters or daughters-in-law of politicians or others with a clout, and not because of their own achievements or beliefs.

The proposed reservation of seats for women in public bodies is a misconceived populist move. Women do not form a separate group, nor a separate caste, community, class or section. In fact, men and women of a social group cannot be separated from each other. They have common economic and social interests. The slogan of reservation for women may have a deeper purpose. Women of advanced social groups are better educated and more active than the women of the backward groups. Reservation for women appears to be a tactical move by certain groups to regain through their women the position they otherwise stand to lose.


For a word of praise

The Vajpayee Government values Western praise more than anything else. All that India has received for refusing to defend itself against Pakistani terrorists is a little praise from the West. The situation is deteriorating rapidly. The terrorists are killing people with impunity, and the long-term penetration of India will be devastating for us. But our leaders seem to be happy with some Western praise, naively assuming that the West is a just and friendly entity.

If people like Mr Vajpayee were running a business and doing negotiations with competitors based on their current approach, they would have gone bankrupt in no time. But at least in business there are checks on the leaders. No business will be happy with losing money and market share for praise from competitors. Bad results usually mean the ouster of those running the business.

D. N. PHANDIS, Mumbai



Forgotten values

Mr Advani, Mr Pramod Mahajan and other apologists of the Vajpayee Government are doing their best to prove that the scandal exposed by is not real. All these persons with a Sangh background have forgotten the values of honesty, nationalism and integrity they are supposed to have imbibed in the shakhas, and are keen only to preserve their seats of power.

Instead of acknowledging the corruption and taking immediate and stern steps to punish the guilty, the BJP leaders are emulating those whom they have been attacking for corruption. These leaders not only have corrupted the BJP, but also permanently damaged the image of the RSS.

S. N. RAMI REDDY, Vijaywada

GJU convocations

The G.J. University, Hisar, came into existence on November 1, 1995. Before that it was known as the Post Graduate Research Centre (PGRC) of Kurukshetra University. We got admission to the PGRC through Kurukshetra University in September 1995. On completion of our course in 1997, we were given the option either to have KU or GJU degrees. We all opted for GJU degrees.

When our classes started, the GJ campus was no bigger than a primary school. We had inadequate staff, no hostel, make-shift class rooms, no canteen, no water to drink and for some time we did not have chairs in the classrooms. But despite all odds, the students uncomplainingly and patiently cooperated with the university authorities.

Passing out as the first batch of the new university was not easy, but we did not give up. Today wherever we are, we make our teachers and the university proud of us. It was shocking to know that the university had held its first convocation without this first batch. We are told that our degrees will be sent to us by post. I would like to ask the university authorities why they are forgetting those who were part of the institutionís initial struggle.



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