Respect the choice of Gujarat voters

No state election in recent history has generated as much excitement and passion as the recently concluded elections in Gujarat. Despite the fact that the elections were conducted in an almost flawless manner, which is a testimony to the maturity and strength of our democracy and the efficiency of our election process, what disappointed me was the bias and subjective reporting of our media, particularly the national media.

Whether Gujarat BJP and its leader Narendra Modi are good or bad was for the people of Gujarat to decide and not for our media barons and their hired hands. One of the national dailies even added a line to a speech made by Modi on its own and yet I have not heard of any action against the correspondent, nor even an acknowledgement of the mistake by the newspaper. Media’s job is to report the news objectively. It is for the readers to decide. Very few countries in the world enjoy as much freedom of the press as we do but with that freedom comes the responsibility too.

Mohinder S Kadyan, Kyle (Texas)



Congress leaders are worried that in spite of their rhetoric and blaming Modi as a murderer etc, they could not win the election.  The Congress itself is responsible for its defeat. 

The Congress party has increased corruption in the country, is not bothered about the poor people, education has become a business rather than service to the people to get knowledge and always thinks of gaining power by any means.

Congress leaders have forgotten that the country is owned by all people irrespective of caste, religion, etc and instead of treating all people as equal before la, it tries to divide the country on a religion basis by pampering and giving special facilities which are only misused. Let the party try to reform itself first and get votes.

B.S. Ganesh, Bangalore


It’s true that Gujarat has witnessed a lot of development, and as like all the rest of the media you have rightly praised it and vividly described how the development transformed into the vote praiseworthy.

But, during my recent visit to Gujarat, I observed that Modi’s “Gujarati pride” and Hindu communalism (under carpet) played a major role in his campaign and the victory.

Modi’s victory will be hollow if he fails to rehabilitate the 2002 riot victims. A Chief Minister who always
talks of over 5 crore Gujaratis was unable to find a single Muslim candidate fit enough to stand for the party in the election. If Modi really wants to remain in power forever, he must change his mindset and treat all the classes and communities as equals.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

Poisoned soil

Your editorial “Poisoned Soil” (December 24) has rung a loud wake-up call. Unfortunately, it wrongly seems to accuse Punjab farmers of messing up with the health of consumers by following “wrong” agricultural practices.

For instance, it has named fertilisers among the villains. Agriculture could not have travelled from subsistence level to commercial one without riding on the wagon of fertilisers. Not all farmers have been able to catch up with PAU-recommended doses of fertiliser applications, what to talk of exceeding the brief.

Similar is the hype about soil health. There is no weighty evidence that suggests that fertiliser use has sickened the Punjab soils so badly. My point is that need of the hour is not to highlight that soil sink of the State has started overflowing with pesticides and fertilisers, but to sensitise the farmers about the ailing effects of thoughtless use of pesticides on consumers.

Dr Bharpoor Singh Sekhon, Ludhiana 

Threat from polythene bags

After the declaration of Chandigarh a smoke-free city, it is the time to restrict the use of polythene bags. Imposing a complete prohibition on the use of polythene bags by the Chandigarh administration is highly impressive and quite sensible also. We are moving one step ahead to declare Chandigarh as an eco-friendly city. Polythene bags that are used as packing materials proved to be environmentally unfriendly due to their non biodegradable nature which makes them hard to dispose of.

The waste materials generated from the use of polythene bags can act as a breeding place for a variety of disease carriers like the deadly female anopheles mosquito that spreads malaria, and the cholera like germs. The excessive use of these plastic bags can block the passage of mineral salts and oxygen to the soil. This can make the soil infertile.

The “throw away culture” results in these bags finding their way into the water systems like springs, ponds, rivers and drainage systems resulting in disease habitation and unpleasant scenery. Even enormous percentage of the stray cows dies due to consumption of these polythene bags.

Eco-friendly alternatives to these polythene bags should be made available to the public and proper Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on the check of polythene bags usage should be formed and put into practice. A successful ban on polythene will make Chandigarh an example to other cities and states also beleaguered by the presence of polythene bags

Ashish Dhir, Research Scholar, PU, Chandigarh



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