Friday, April 13, 2001,
Chandigarh, India



Political confrontation harms India

I would like to join Mr Hari Jaisingh in the collective anguish expressed in "Political confrontation harms India" (Tribune March 30). Political opposition should not be used to destabilise the country or to create a ‘tehelka’ without perceiving the results.

The floor of Parliament is abused to discredit the elected government with unhealthy scenes of disrespect to the Chair. The wilderness of the once powerful Congress is evident from its over-reaction to ‘the Tehelka’ exposure. The party has lost the sense of duty or constructive approach in its anxiety to pull down the government by hook or crook. There are so many 'Tehelkas' lying buried in the Congress cupboard.

Agreed that power is money but it is money which is used to buy power. The soul of India lies buried under money power. From teaching institutions to the defence forces all suffer from the wounds of money power.

B.S. AGGARWAL, Chandigarh

Youth should act: The country is faced with not only a crisis of confidence but also a crisis of character. Our leaders have lost credibility and politics has become the playfield of corruption and middlemen. Political leaders, without any sense of shame, are busy amassing wealth by creating a nexus with manipulators, shady characters and middlemen who are hijacking all the economic benefits at the cost of the common man. Corruption has permeated every level of public life. We have to pay a bribe even to get a loan from lending institutions. Work culture is a thing of the past. To talk about honest performance of one's duty is to invite ridicule.

Our leaders, political as well as administrative, have become insensitive to the problems of the common man. We have a government without governance. Leaders of all parties must sit together and do some heart-searching. Instead of political confrontation, we need national consensus on vital problems.

Let the youth of this country come to the fore, play a constructive role, and mobilise public opinion against the mess which the politicians have created.

K.L. BATRA, Yamunanagar


Time for action:
Political confrontation, though harmful to the nation, is of paramount importance to the politicians, and consensus for solving national problems is of secondary importance. To stick to the chair is their obsession.

The ruling party cries itself hoarse about its clean image, honesty and selflessness and talks of providing good governance. But it does nothing noteworthy except blaming its rivals for all its failures. Its president confesses to have taken a bribe, but the party dismisses his action as an aberration. The Home Minister proclaims a pro-active policy in J&K. But the policy remains a puzzle due to the shortcomings of the government. The Prime Minister promises to put things right but finds himself tied to the apron strings of his partners who pull him in different directions.

Actions speak louder than words. It is time for the ruling party at the Centre to act. Otherwise there seems no difference between it and the Congress so far as scams, scandals and corruption are concerned.


Leaders promote corruption: Since independence, all our leaders have been promoting corruption in politics as well as business, and now a stage has reached where even the defence forces have been affected, jeopardising the country's security.

A presidential set-up is no answer to this problem. Under the presidential system, no member of a minority community can become the President in our caste-ridden society.

SHER SINGH, LudhianaTop

Coterie politics: The aberrations of an affluent anarchy are visible in our political set-up today. This is clear from the thriving parallel economy and the web of intrigue and partisanship woven by our political leaders. Our democracy stands profaned by the malaises of political gangsterism and bureaucratic waywardness.

The need of the hour is for all our enlightened people to make an unremitting effort to make our democracy alive or self-critical and rebel against coterie politics.


Tackling problems: The people have seen the functioning of our Parliament through the TV and they know that most of the time of the House is wasted in confrontation and the problems facing the country are seldom discussed. We have not evolved a system in which the opposition could join hands with the ruling party on issues of national interest. Opposition for opposition's sake has damaged the image of our Parliament. We have to work out methods to tackle the problems of illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, corruption, beggary, backwardness, and exploitation of the poor and the weak.


Change the system: The present-day leaders have understood the principle of 'divide and rule' inherited from the British and are practising it. They befool the people by dividing them in castes, religions and by raising the bogey of reservation. The corrupt and selfish leaders know how to manage their vote banks and they stoop to any depth to gain power and then amass wealth. The corrupt leaders and bureaucrats have created chaos all over the country. Evolving a national consensus is a far cry. The need of the hour is to change the system of governance.

D.P. JINDAL, Mandi Gobindgarh


A leap backwards

The decision of the University Grants Commission to start departments of Vedic Astrology in Indian universities, offering courses in “Jyotir Vigyan” from the next academic year is a big leap backwards in the field of education.

The science of astronomy and religion-based astrology are two opposite poles. The latter is based on faith, religious and magical beliefs, while science is based on reason. Now children will learn that Saturn is a demon whose evil influence can be negated with certain rituals and also that it consists of rings of frozen gases. They will learn that the much sought after male child can be begotten by ‘Putreshti Yajna’ and also that the sex of the unborn child is determined by the characteristics of sex chromosomes.

Now one has to wait in horror to see when the UGC introduces courses such as alchemy, faith healing, palmistry, numerology and tantric arts in our colleges and universities.



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