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Lalu Yadav’s remarks are irresponsible

In an irresponsible and regrettable manner, Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav was reported to have said if he had been the Home Minister he would have crushed Mr Varun Gandhi under a roller for his anti-Muslim remarks. I am no admirer of Mr Gandhi but I take strong umbrage at Mr Yadav’s irresponsible and “un-leader”- like remarks.

We are blessed that we are a secular democratic country and have adopted a Constitution to guide us. It is the duty of all citizens, especially those who aspire to be in the Lok Sabha, to observe utmost restraint in their utterances. Democracy is certainly not a licence to say whatever you like. Both Varun and Lalu crossed the “Lakshman rekha” prescribed by responsible conduct in a democratic country. In the true Gandhian spirit, the two should express sincere regret and apologise to the nation. In the mindless pursuit of vote- bank politics, both have erred.

Look at what an irresponsible leadership has done to Pakistan. Today, the message of hate has spread all across the neighbouring country.


De-criminalise politics

I endorse the views expressed in the editorial Criminals in the fray (April 6) and the article “Decriminalisation of politics”(April 6) by Virendra Kumar. By disallowing convicted criminals from contesting the Lok Sabha elections, the judiciary has sent the right signal to political parties. Now, it is the responsibility of the political parties to keep criminals out of the political fray.

Criminal elements generate fear and terror to realise their nefarious ends. They misuse political power and act as feudal lords. However, once the criminals are elected they start ruling the roost and people become disenchanted with the democratic set-up.

The media, both print and electronic, should go on exposing the real face of criminals in politics. Right-thinking elements in political parties, the intelligentsia and the NGOs must come forward to accelerate the process of decriminalisation of politics. The judiciary’s message is commendable.


Unjust stance

The editorial Un-clean chit (April 4) clearly highlights how the Congress leadership is soft on the political leaders involved in riots allowing them to contest the Lok Sabha elections and hard on the hapless 1984 riot victims. The Congress continues to prove that in the realm of politics it can do anything to grab power. It is time to get rid of such parties.

AJIT SINGH, Windsor, Canada

Military agitation

The veterans of armed forces (Agitations by military veterans by retired Vice-Admiral Premvir Das, April 1) have been peacefully fighting for “one rank, one pension” and other injustices. These demands were presented to various political parties who accepted these as genuine and promised to give justice to the defence personnel.

The implementation of the 6th CPC has humiliated not only the veterans but also those in service. So far, the authorities have only promised to remove some anomalies. Even the ultimate sacrifices of the defence personnel have not been able to rouse the conscience of the authorities.

The returning of medals by the veterans was a peaceful, disciplined and authentic way of protest. However, our authorities react only when the situation goes beyond control and the public property and the people suffer.

The veterans do not get any travel concessions. Rather, their civilian counterparts in the government get better travelling facilities and pension benefits.



Recently, the defence forces expressed resentment against the report of the 6th Central Pay Commission. Ultimately, the government agreed to make many concessions and demand for a separate pay commission for the defence forces was also accepted. Very often, the defence personnel proclaim that they are the defenders of Indian borders. But, they forget that this is their primary duty.

However, the demand for “one rank, one pension” is not unjustified. Instead, they should ask for parity in pension up to 2006, as the civilian pensioners are demanding. But they should refrain from returning their medals.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana

Politics of hatred

It is astounding that a person who has no track record in politics makes an inflammatory speech and becomes a hero overnight. Mr Varun Gandhi began his quest with an inflammatory speech. He has chosen the politics of hatred rather than development and allied issues. It would be a grave omission if he were allowed to get away with such a gross violation of the code of conduct. The unruly scene created by his supporters in Pilibhit was disappointing. However, his detention under the NSA seems to be too harsh.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to Sanjay Dutt to fight elections will go a long way in preventing the entry of criminals in the political system. Those caught on camera distributing money to lure voters need to be dealt with sternly by the EC. Voters by now do not want that Parliament and assemblies become a haunt of criminals.



Mr Varun Gandhi has attained publicity in a short span of time. Though, he has hardly done anything to have such a big shot at fame. Also, the media has given him so much undeserved publicity. At first, he made shameful and provocative speeches and then he surrendered in a dramatic way. Now, he has been shifted from Pilibhit to Etawah jail in view of the terrorist threat. All this is a farce, only meant to give him more limelight.

 NEHA PAUL, Patiala

Give incentives for planting trees 

Trees are crucial for maintaining the cycle of nature. Trees add to the scenic beauty and clean up the environment. Every year, there is a campaign to encourage people to plant more trees on Van Mahotsava. Banners are displayed urging people to do so.

But the effort does not have the desired effect. Awareness of the people towards the importance of environment protection through trees is dismal. Campaigns should provide incentives to the people for planting trees. Students and institutions should be involved to play an active role in making these efforts successful.  The enthusiasm of the general public needs to be roused to make them feel the need and responsibility of protecting the environment.




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