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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Power brokers have captured the system

This has reference to H. K. Dua’s article “Tragedy of politics” (June 9). When our country got Independence, it was ruled by a foreign power which was least interested in making the Indian masses politically conscious because once there was political awakening, it was not possible to keep them under bondage.

After Independence, universal adult franchise was introduced without considering the requisites of democracy. Our leaders, instead of educating the people by imparting them free and enlightened education, started exploiting the weakness in our social system. Politics became a lucrative profession where one could enjoy pelf and power without any qualification or experience.

Today politicians want to retain power by hook or by crook and amass as much wealth as possible. Vote banks are created by exploiting religious, caste and regional differences of the people simply to keep their seats of power secure. Progenies of the politicians consider it their birthright to get the positions of their fathers or mothers.

Our people who are used to hero worship and habitual obedience for centuries easily fall in the net of the unscrupulous politicians who consider the country as their personnel property — the country as their immovable property and you and me their movable property.

None cares for the plight of the poor on whose name the elections are fought. As a result, corruption is eating into the vitals of the country. Rot has set in at all levels while our leaders are busy destroying the social fibre and ethical values. The only silver lining is the active media which, we hope, will continue to play the role of people’s watchdog.

V.P. MEHTA, Chandigarh


 

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The system has already been captured and hijacked by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. Most of them are in possession of huge assets. The honesty and credibility of the political leaders can be judged from the fact that when the Election Commission said that a candidate, while filing his nomination papers, shall have to declare his assets, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, the political parties stood united and rejected the directive. It was only after the Supreme Court’s ruling that 
they fell in line.

This coterie has in many cases also hijacked the criminal justice system by using their money power and winning over the witnesses. Hundreds of cases have come to light involving big scandals in which politicians and bureaucrats were accused but none has gone to jail. Thus, in the present dispensation, little change can be expected.

Major NARINDER SINGH JALLO (retd), Mohali

III

The article rightly points out the present-day reality of Indian politics and how scams like Telgi and Taj Corridor have polluted the system. It rightly says that, “the people seem to be extras in the Shining India story”.

No doubt, the country’s progress has rightly been acknowledged when the writer said that the nation has crossed the 8 per cent growth barrier and the intercontinental ballistic missile Agni III is ready to be launched. But all these signs of progress have been offset with the black deeds of the politicians. We very much wish that Mr Dua’s message goes home to the political bosses to save India’s image.

BHUPINDER SINGH JAUHAR, Yamunanagar

IV

Mr Dua is right when he says that the general confidence level of the people in the present-day politician is low. No doubt, a majority of politicians today are only interested to stick to their chairs, which enable them and their families to wield enormous power and enjoy unlimited perks. They are least concerned about the welfare of the public and the problems they face in their daily lives.

The people must now realise the value of their votes and in future use voting machines wisely to elect competent, honest, sincere and dependable leaders and discard the corrupt and the inefficient.

Brig DALIP SINGH SIDHU (retd), Patiala

V

The article is candid and a comprehensive analysis of the current developments. Admittedly, most politicians during election campaign promise the moon but conveniently forget to address their problems like drinking water, roads, sewerage system etc. after the elections.

We are among those affected by the politicians’ ways. We stay at Kandrori in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. We are deprived of drinking water. The problem is complicated by the drying up of hand pumps, the only source of drinking water since December 2005. Protracted correspondence with the Minister concerned and even the Chief Minister have been in vain. Should we still dream of Shining India?

R.S. GURUNG, Commandant (retd), Kandrori (HP)

Of babus and netas

I read with interest the editorial “Lessons in politeness” (May 29), castigating the Punjab bureaucracy for not showing proper respect to the elected representatives.

In Himachal Pradesh, the situation is much better. In the hilly state, the bureaucrats, including police officers are, polite and courteous in their day-to-day dealings with the public at large. It is the people’s representatives who need a few lessons in public courtesy and not the babus serving the state with remarkable devotion and dedication.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Just one teacher

The Middle School at Bambi-Banohat is being run only by a physical education teacher. There is no other teacher in this school to teach other subjects. The government is playing with the future of poor students.

I.S. TOMAR, Nahan

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