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Politicians dividing the people

I read H.K. DUA’s front-page editorial, India : Bold, beautiful and ugly (Nov 10). I share the anguish and concern which found expressed in the eloquent editorial.

A Constitution framed by statesmen has fallen into the hands of mostly selfish and petty minded politicians. In the words of N.A. Palkhivala, “The moral crisis is writ large on the entire political scene. In the fifties, we had many eminent men in public life who were every inch gentlemen. In the sixties, we had many public figures who were every alternate inch gentlemen. Unfortunately, in the seventies, we have an acceptably large number of politicians who are no inch gentlemen.”

Now we are in 2008! If only the voters in India are allowed to elect better representatives, the country can move towards the constitutional goals of justice, liberty, equality of opportunity and status and fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation.

Politicians who divide the people of India on constitutionally prohibited grounds of race, religion, caste, place of birth and/or residence ought to be stripped off of their electoral rights and the political parties which encourage such narrow loyalties and promote hatred against fellow citizens deserve to be de-recognised by the Election Commission. “We the people of India” cannot afford to be complacent about the dwindling values of democracy and the rule of law.

P.P.RAO, New Delhi


I felt a proud Indian after reading Mr Dua’s front-page editorial (Nov 10). He rightly echoes the nation’s sentiments in complimenting the ISRO scientists in successfully launching Chandrayaan to the moon. We have now become part of the select five top nations group to have achieved this spectacular feat.

Chandrayaan goes to show our great potential as a nation in space technology. Vikram Sarabhai’s big dream and the dedicated work of our scientists has materialised in a great research of the moon. Here is a message for the entire nation. Just pause and think. We as a nation of 1300 million good, capable human beings, have a great potential to excel in any walk of life. What we need is discipline and a good work culture. We spend too much of time and energy in cribbing and selfish motives. If we can all combine as a nation and give our best to whatever work we are doing, then sky is the limit. We will have a Chandaryaan in every field.

That is why, Mr Dua correctly sums up, “If only our political leaders and those in other walks of life were to think equally big — and beyond themselves as our scientists do — the country will be better off.” Not only better off, we will be number 1 in the world. Just try it.

Col R.D. SINGH, Leh (J&K)


It reflects the extreme elation and utter disappointment of an intellectual. You are not alone; we feel the same way. Most of our politicians have let down the nation badly. For the sake of their short time gains, they are bankrupting the nation in the long run.

A minister’s son rapes a German underage girl, but no action can be taken against the accused, because his father has mafia style powers. Neither the Centre nor the state can take action against the accused.

A self-styled regional leader wants to ethnically purge India’s financial capital of the Northern Indians and no one can bring him to the book. Some states don’t let people from other states to buy land in federal India. One state has not allowed the 1947 refugees from Pakistan their citizenship rights.

The election system has been geared against the poor deserving candidates by allowing unlimited spending and purchase of votes. The bureaucracy sides unashamedly with those in power and abruptly switches loyalties with the change of government. We have made a mockery of democracy.


Of shock and pain

I read the editorial, Sheer blackmail (Oct 28) with shock and pain. My heart weeps for the plight of travellers to Kolkata. Crisis after crisis, in the great country of Mahatma Gandhi, still exploitation continues in all walks of life.

The victim deserves empathy (not sympathy) of the government and the so-called quickest modes of transportation to travel by air (the airlines). A case of this kind deserves to be heard by the National Consumer Forum for suitable compensation, if no PIL is filed in the Supreme Court.

MAYANK GOEL, NIT, Kurukshetra

Postpone Punjab exam

The Punjab government will conduct an examination for posts of Excise and Taxation Inspector on November 23. The Union Public Service Commission will also conduct an examination for recruitment to the Indian Economic Service (IES) on November 22, 23 and 24. Many aspirants from Punjab have also applied for the IES Examination.

As the dates of both examinations are clashing, the Punjab government should postpone the examination for posts of Excise and Taxation Inspector on November 23.

Suffice it to mention, the UPSC declared the IES examination schedule one year back. The Punjab government should have prevented the clash of dates through better planning.

G.J. SINGH, Ludhiana



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