A retrograde effect on the economy

THIS has reference to Sridhar K Chari’s article “One for the road: Another kind of exclusion politics”  (Perspective, June 13). The points raised by the writer are thought-provoking and relevant. The politicians should make people understand that the money required for the welfare of the poor will come only when the nation progresses.

Clearly, the nation cannot progress until it synchronises itself with the world market through the process of economic reforms. Economic reforms cannot take place unless the infrastructure required is provided for. Therefore, the construction of roads and development of other infrastructure facilities is for the welfare of the poor alone as the elite are even today enjoying life and other amenities.

Secondly, the most disturbing fallout of the electoral defeat of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government while it asked for votes in the name of progress the country has made during its rule, is that no political party, henceforth, will go to the people asking for votes in the name of progress and reforms. This will have a retrograde effect on the economy. The situation is similar to that of the electoral defeat of Indira Gandhi after her government embarked upon compulsory sterlisation programme or ‘Nasbandi’ in a big way.



Since Indira Gandhi was voted out of power for her action, no political party ever touched this subject thereafter. The result is for everyone to see. The burgeoning population where a vast majority is deprived of basic amenities like food, shelter, health, education etc. I am afraid, after the defeat of the NDA government, no political party would touch the subject of economic reforms, building of infrastructure, privatisation etc.

If it so happens, the nation would lose, particularly the poor. Therefore, all the political parties should rise above petty political gains and address the national issues in their right earnest. Let them not dole out ambiguous slogans like ‘Reforms with a human face’.

KULDEEP SHARMA, Chartered Accountant, Ludhiana

Yoga: The elixir of life

This refers to Aradhika Sekhon's “Yoga: GenNow's power pill” (Saturday Extra, June 12). Some people do yoga to balance the forces of the body, and the mind, others do it merely to keep themselves fit or look and feel young.

Yoga also provides a natural cure to chronic ailments. Yoga is the elixir of life. One of the oldest self-improvement concepts, yoga offers breathing exercises and asanas. It goes deeper than that. Yoga is the way to self-realisation.

Vijay Sheel Jain, Ludhiana


Yoga is all the rage thanks to the wide coverage by the media. It is heartening to note that we are becoming health conscious. God has blessed us with a flawless, self-sustaining body system. However, due to our tastes and luxurious lifestyle, we become prone to various heart ailments and diseases like diabetes, arthritis, asthma and hypertension. Medicines too are proving ineffective.

Though yoga is good for restoring health, other forms of exercise like long walks, jogging and light sports can also give us the necessary impetus for leading a healthy life. Simple lifestyle is the key to good health. There is no substitute for physical exercise.

Karnail Singh, Ranjit Sagar Dam

United States of India

The views expressed by Abdul Ghani Goni in his article “Let’s have a United States of India” (Perspective, July 4) are indeed thought-provoking and revolutionary. In fact, there is a dire need for a restructuring of the entire system.

Essentially, we need to have a re-look at the provisions laid down in the Constitution owing to fast changing perception both at the national and international level. We should not hesitate to comparatively study the working of the Constitutions of other developed nations since ours is also an amalgam of the different provisions of the Constitutions of various countries. If found suitable, favourable provisions should be adopted in the Indian context.

However, in a country like India, these suggestions are, at best, utopian. The political will needed to tackle these issues is very hard to come by since these archaic provisions in our Constitution have long served the vested interests of our politicians.

Rajiv Bhalla, Chandigarh


Abdul Ghani Goni’s suggestion for United States of India needs serious consideration. Too many states don’t help a country. Our armed forces are divided into five commands and the system is running smoothly.

It would be nice to reorganise the states. We should not have more than 10-12 states based upon cultural and geographical considerations. The states should be named in such a manner that the union of the country is intact without hurting the feelings of minorities or any cultural and linguistic group.

Since English is popular all over the wor, let it be the official language for all sections. The states should be given all support and cooperation in the enrichment of their respective languages. Since the isue is important, experts and the intelligentsia should consider the views of Abdul Ghani Lone dispassionately in national interest.


Punjab’s plight

Apropos of Maj-Gen Himmat Singh Gill’s article “Time for the Sikhs to set their house in order” (Perspective, June 27), the writer has blamed the Akalis and other Sikh leaders for the sad plight of Punjab and for their failure to help Sikhs achieve success.

In fact, the reason for the sad plight of Punjabis is not the Akalis or the Sikh leadership but the step-motherly treatment of the state by successive governments at the Centre.


Seek Embassy okay

Apropos of “NRI bride mart” (Spectrum, June 13), it is suggested that in such cases people should be encouraged to get clearance from the Indian Embassy abroad before they get their children married with NRIs.

The government may also issue appropriate instructions in this regard to the Indian Embassies for giving full cooperation. n

Y.P. Dhir, Chandigarh


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