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Maya should put UP on fast track

H K. Dua’s article “Politics of inclusion: Maya’s victory has lessons for others” (May 15) is timely. Finally, there will be political stability in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati’s win is not surprising. Internecine squabbles and lack of coordination cost the BJP and the Congress dearly in the elections. As for Mulayam’s SP, people were not carried away by his false and impossible promises.

As UP has lost its pride due to criminalisation of politics and defections, Mayawati has to start from the beginning and should bring the state back on the path of development. She should not encourage corrupt politicians and criminals. People have lot of expectations from Mayawati and she should not disappoint them.

SHAILESH KUMAR, Bangalore


 

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The BSP’s ‘Sarv Samaj’ campaign has proved to be successful. For long we have heard of only the Muslim vote in the elections and how they tilt the balance. But this time the BSP’s strategy of wooing Brahmins has shown that more than the Muslims, it is the Brahmins who can make a big difference between a hung House and a clear majority for the BSP. I congratulate Mayawati for having punctured the balloon of Muslim hype in the UP elections. May such alliances bridge the gap between the caste groups and help usher in a truly harmonious society.

UDITA AGRAWAL, New Delhi

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At a time when several ministers and prominent leaders bit the dust in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, some dons and others accused of murder have managed to win their respective seats. That’s how Indian politics is way ahead of others.

Former minister and prime accused in Madhumita Shukla murder case Amarmani Tripathi, the main accused in the BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai murder case Mukhtar Ansari, and controversial independent MLA from Kunda Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya are among the victors. Besides, Dhananjay Singh, Madan Bhaiya, Angad Yadav and Akhilesh Pratap Singh have also made it to the new Assembly. In western UP, mafia don D.P. Yadav and his wife Umlesh have won. While Yadav won from Sahaswan, his wife captured Bisauli. If such people come to power, what contribution can they make to the system?

Md ZIYAULLAH KHAN, Pune

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By proposing quotas for the backward among the upper castes and other religious communities, Mayawati has played two masterstrokes. One, she has shown that, as a Dalit leader, she is sympathetic to the problems of upper castes as well, unlike her counterparts in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu who show only a revengeful attitude towards the upper castes.

Secondly, the upper castes like Brahmins are now veering towards Mayawati because she appears more realistic and down-to-earth in solving social problems unlike the Congress, the BJP or SP. The BJP should take practical lessons from Mayawati since it is now regarded a parochial party. The Congress too should project itself as a national party and stop whipping up communal feelings by harping on the Babri Masjid.

HARISCHANDRA PARASURAM, Juhu, Mumbai

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The BSP victory in the UP elections is a clear verdict against rampant corruption, deteriorating law and order and administrative inefficiency of the Mulayam government. Playing the caste card is nothing new in the Hindu heartland, but now Mayawati’s victory indicates a new beginning for Indian politics.

People do hope that the BSP’s ascendency in the state will continue for the state’s moribund polity. But they also expect Mayawati to go above politics and appeal to the Supreme Court for expediting the Taj Corridor case.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether UP Governor Rajeshwar will accord sanction to the CBI’s request to prosecute Mayawati. And if she is declared innocent in this case finally, it will be her biggest victory.

BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, Faridabad

VI

Even her most diehard critics will concede that Mayawati has scored a resounding victory in the UP electoral battleground. While psephologists now must be eating crow, Mayawati’s massive mandate can be attributed to gross misrule, unparalleled corruption and atrocious law and order situation in that state during the reign of Mulayam Singh-Amar Singh cabal.

The shortlived euphoria in the BJP camp after its good show in Punjab and Uttarakhand has evaporated. The Congress is left nursing its wounds which may now take a while to heal.

However, Mayawati would do well to jettison her famous autocratic attitude and learn to live with dissent and debate. She must also give up her tendency to spend crores on parks and statues and do more for the people by giving them Bijli, Sarak and Pani. Let development be her new USP!

M.K. BAJAJ, Zirakpur

VII

The BSP has been given an effective and unambiguous mandate by the electorate in Uttar Pradesh so that the Mayawati government is stable and free from the fears of coalition politics. But will it also be free from the petty and vicious politics of vendetta?

The mass transfer of IAS and IPS officers shows her feudal mindset. It is also doubtful whether she will display political maturity and dexterity in her functioning when her party does not have any organisational democracy.

VED GULIANI, Hisar

 

Raw deal for primary education

The Centre is going out of the way to placate the OBCs. To strengthen its vote bank, it is trying hard to convince the Supreme Court to vacate stay on the 27 per cent implementation of the OBC quota in Central educational institutions like the IIMs and IITs.

Strangely, the Centre doesn’t show the same eagerness towards primary education. It is not taking any steps to improve the quality of primary education.

According to the recent report of the National Educational University of Planning and Administration, 9503 primary schools are without any teacher whereas 1,22,355 have only one teacher. The report is being published continuously for four years. But the ground reality is more or less the same.

Can India aspire to become a global power with such a pathetic picture of primary education? The government should wake up and realise that basic education is a first step for a country to remain an attractive destination for outsourcing in the coming decades.

JASPREET JASSAL, Chandigarh

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