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Voters can stall impending instability

H K Dua in his front-page editorial “Beware! There is political instability lurking ahead” (March 3) has very rightly tried to shake the conscience of the Indian masses by putting the onus of formation of the new government on them. Indeed, the Indian voter alone will be responsible for the kind of government which will be formed this year.

Thus it is the moral, social and national duty of all the pillars of democracy, especially the media, to play a constructive role in giving a true picture of the political scenario. 

Due to the presence of regional and caste-based political parties and the geographical, lingual and cultural diversity of the country, it is now really difficult for a pan-Indian party to secure the confidence of the entire nation. These days, people do not vote on the basis of a single national issue. Rather they identify themselves with the local parties which promise them their due share from an indifferent Centre.

It is easy to arouse regional sentiments. India seems to be growing and developing only for FICCI, ASSOCHAM, FIIs, CEOs, mega sportsmen and film stars. In such a scenario, the national interest takes a back seat. Perhaps, we should incorporate a system in which people could directly elect the PM. Every party could nominate its candidate for the premier’s post. He should have the liberty to select members of his Cabinet from any field, whether or not he or she is an MP.

In this way, truly talented persons, who otherwise shy away from politics, would get a chance to serve the nation. Specialists and professionals would be in a better position to guide India in these uncertain times.

  ARVIND DHUMAL, Advocate, Jalandhar



Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor, neatly hand-written or typed in double space, should not exceed the 150-word limit. These can be sent by post to the Letters Editor, The Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh-160030. Letters can also be sent by e-mail to: Letters@tribuneindia.com
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II

In a democracy, the right to vote is the most potent tool. Thus, the right to vote should be made mandatory in India as there is no option of negative voting. Most voters do not cast their vote, for they feel that no political leader is up to the mark. They are mistaken and must not waste their vote. The Jago re campaign is an appreciable effort to mobilise voters to ensure an increased percentage of polling.

Today the voters are more aware of policies and programmes of the government. If the voter fails to use his right to vote, regional parties will perform much better than expected and chances of a coalition government cannot be ruled out.

SIMMI MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City

III

Mr Dua’s concern that politicians must be educated, honest, dedicated, public friendly and loyal to the country is worthy of consideration. Sadly in India, by and large, it is the same set of individuals who fight elections and get elected by dint of money and muscle power. Since politics has become just another profession, that too with unethical rules, individuals with positive traits cannot achieve success in present-day politics.

How can people have faith in government machinery when the Centre has turned down the recommendations of the Chief Election Commissioner for removing an Election Commissioner who will now become the CEC? Democracy has been misunderstood and misused. The writing on the wall is that things would further worsen, unless a miracle occurs.

DR R K SHARMA, Faridabad

Role model

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal does not take along even a single police security guard on official tours. Rather, he prefers to drive his personal car without red light and without the national emblem. He believes that a person in public life should feel no threat from any quarter. He does not believe in any extravagance. He is an embodiment of simplicity, honesty and humility. He is a role model for other politicians who must emulate him.

CHAMAN SINGH, Bhucho, Bhatinda






Bane of coaching 

The mushroom growth of coaching centres has played havoc with school teaching. Gone are the golden days of regular classes. Today, students prefer these centres for success. The cut-throat competition for seats in various courses has made coaching a necessary evil. Classrooms now wear a bleak look.

The fluke success gained through the coaching-oriented performance of the ‘regular’ students has helped schools and their teachers to gleefully boast of excellence. However, the practice is a blot on the fair name of teachers. Their insipid attitude in the classrooms adversely affects poor students who are solely dependent on schoolteachers.

OP COUSHIK, Kurukshetra

 





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