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Political instability is dangerous

In his front-page editorial, “Sharp turns: Troubled times lie ahead” (Feb 9), H K Dua has rightly commented that India is caught in an unwelcome situation. The Indian politics will have to steer through sharp turns and twists in the forthcoming parliamentary elections to form a stable government.

The present political picture is not positive. Neither the Congress nor the BJP will be able to form a government on its own.  The country will have to go in for a coalition government with the help of the regional parties. Every political party and leader talks of moral values and expresses concern for the poor and the weak, but their real concern is power. Mr Dua has very rightly observed that the coalition formed with the support of the regional parties is the root cause of the political instability since these are based on narrow mindset and not the idea of India.

The Indian democracy appears to be failing, while the democracies in the US and the UK are flourishing because of limited political parties.

SUMAN KUKAL, Chandigarh

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Neither the Congress nor the BJP is likely to fare better in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Both parties face a stiff competition from the regional parties, which are able to garner votes on the basis of caste and by addressing local issues.

It would be very unfortunate for the country if either of the two major political parties failed to get a majority and would have to support a leader of some regional party for the post of Prime Minister. Many regional political leaders are aspiring and manoeuvring for the coveted post. In such a scenario, the country would not be able to realise its ambition of becoming a power on the world map.

Mr Dua has rightly implored the wise among the voters “to ponder over the price the country may have to pay if it opts for political instability lurking ahead.” It is a testing time for the Indian voter to rise to the occasion and elect a government that can deliver.



The regional parties only think of their personal gains and are not bothered about national progress. They even indulge in blackmailing the Centre by threatening to withdraw their support, if their personal ambitions are not taken care of.

In my view, the regional parties should not be allowed to contest the Lok Sabha polls. A cluster of regional parties coming together to form a government at the centre will only ruin the nation. The voter should be decisive and vote for the national party only for a strong and stable government at the Centre and for a stronger India.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Great leader

The demise of Chaudhry Ranbir Singh Hooda is a great setback to the nation. He was known not only for his contribution to the making of our Constitution but also for his role as a freedom fighter. Besides, he also played an active part in eradicating social evils. The great leader truly deserves a big salute from us.

HARDESH GOSWAMI, Advocate, Bhiwani


The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in particular and the entire country in general are much poorer with the demise of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda. The Tribune has done commendable service in paying the late Hooda a well-deserved tribute through its writing. Undeniably, he represented the golden history of India. I have ample reasons to be proud of being a Haryanavi.


Patriotic fervour

Aradhika Sharma’s middle, “Jaya Jaya Jaya, Hey!” (Jan 28), was inspirational. Every Indian should have the feeling of nationalism and patriotism. We must also be aware of our brave and great patriots like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Shaheed Udham Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Subhas Chandra Bose, et al.

I appeal to every Indian citizen to stand up when the National Anthem is being played. We should have a sense of pride in paying respect to our National Anthem.

SUSHMA DOGRA, Advocate, Jalandhar

No meltdown

Arun Kumar’s article, “India’s growth target” (Feb 3), overlooked a crucial point. Measuring of progress by the GDP and the contribution of various sectors of the economy is an acceptable yardstick. But, then, it ignores the level of satisfaction and human development.

The falling demand of high-priced industrial products does not indicate a meltdown. In the real estate sector, prices have crashed because these were pegged high artificially. In the service sector, salaries were astronomically high. Now, lower salaries will be given to the employees. Still people will be able to meet the necessities of life. This meltdown is a defeat of greed.


Ban abuses

Like smoking, use of abusive language in public places must be banned. I was once travelling in a bus with my wife and daughter-in-law from Haridwar to Delhi. Three young men sitting in the back seat intentionally used abusive language. I wanted to set them right. But I kept quiet. Such instances happen throughout the country in our daily life.

I request the first citizen of the country to ban abuses, as it is unbecoming of a cultured society like ours.

K K SHARMA, New Delhi

No mercy for rapists

The editorial “Worthy of emulation” (Jan 30) brought out the laudable judgment given by the Chandigarh’s Additional District and Sessions Judge. Life imprisonment sentence awarded to the rapists of the German girl by Chandigarh’s judge is encouraging. Due to the slow pace of trials and inordinate delay in decision-making, even earnest witnesses turn hostile and hapless victims lose all hopes of justice. Only timely and speedy trials and exemplary punishment can act as a deterrent.

Undoubtedly, rape, a heinous crime, has no place in a civilised society. A rapist deserves no relaxation or mercy. The Child and Women Development Minister, Ms Renuka Chaudhary, has rightly asked for the sternest punishment for Noida rapists. A lesser punishment may certainly prove to be a farce in such a case, for a rape is no less than a murder.

O P COUSHIK, Kurukshetra



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