Congress is the root cause of corruption

In his article “The Judeo episode and after” (Dec 5), Mr B.G. Varghese has condemned the BJP, the RSS and leaders like Mr L.K. Advani, Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Dalip Singh Judeo on corruption. The basic question is from where do other political parties, including the Congress, get huge funds? Why the founding fathers of the Constitution, who were all Congressmen, did not make any provision for raising funds for political parties? Possibly, they thought that being in power, the Congress will have no problem in collecting money. They wanted the Congress to be in a position of advantage, as compared to the Opposition parties. Thus, the political system established by the Congress is the root cause of corruption.

Secondly, reports say, Christian missionaries and nuns actively worked for Mr Ajit Jogi in the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. What Mr Varghese has to say about it? Is it not a case of communalism practised by the Congress?

When the Congress leaders tell Muslims to vote for the Congress, in lieu of special concessions, is not that communalism? Participation of Christian missionaries, who get foreign money for the spread of Christianity, in Mr Ajit Jogi’s election, is a very serious matter.

Anand Prakash, Panchkula


Protecting human rights

This has reference to the report “Haryana can expect better observation of human rights” (Dec 15). For a vibrating democracy like ours, human rights are of prime importance and should be preserved in police stations and jails. The basic necessities of life like good food, clothing and medical treatment should be provided to those in police custody and jail. There should not be any custodial torture.

The members of the Press, NGOs, social workers, members of the Indian Medical Association and advocates should also be included in the human rights cell of the Haryana Police. A public human rights cell should be created at the state and district level. The Press should give wide publicity to the activities of the cell.

The members of the human rights panel should interact with the public collectively and individually and complaints of human rights violations should be investigated. The members should make surprise visits to police stations and jails regularly to ensure that human rights are not violated in any form. This will also help enhance the image and prestige of the Haryana police.

Dr D.S. Jaspal, State Patron, Indian Medical Association (Haryana), Ambala

Sad times

Apropos of Mr H.K. Dua’s article “Sad times for Sonia: And the party has run out of ideas” (Dec 10), Mrs Sonia Gandhi seems to be more confused and upset than in the past. The Indian politics must have appeared to her more complex than she had ever imagined it to be. She has never had any vision or philosophy like Mahatma Gandhi or Jawaharlal Nehru. Mrs Indira Gandhi did not have faith in any philosophy or ideology but she was popular among the masses as “Nehru’s daughter”. Her emotional speeches delivered in chaste and colloquial Hindi immensely appealed to the common people.

The defeat of the Congress in three states is not the personal defeat of Mrs Sonia Gandhi but the collective defeat of the party. The stunning election results have alarmed even the marginalised leaders of the amorphous “Third Front” like Mr V.P. Singh and all the Left and secular parties.

R.B.Y. Dehati, Fatehabad


A vichar manthan is going in the Congress over its defeat in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. However, instead of serious introspection, the Congressmen are busy in shielding Mrs Sonia Gandhi and looking out for scapegoats. Ironically, they are always in search of miracles of the legacy and their leaders and some sympathy wave.

It would be better for them to discard the family club completely and try to understand the pulse of the people and their problems.

Rajinder Malhotra, Chandigarh


Unlike Mrs Indira Gandhi, Mrs Sonia Gandhi is not a vote-catcher. She never was. Most Congress leaders do realise this but are unable to come out openly. Shouldn’t Mrs Sonia Gandhi understand their dilemma and voluntarily step down in the interests of the party and the nation? Mrs Sonia Gandhi will be making yet another serious blunder if she succumbs to the self-serving pleas of her sycophants to bring in Priyanka to replace her.

Wg-Cdr C.L. Sehgal (retd), Jalandhar


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