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Voters can check political permissiveness

H K Dua in his front-page editorial, “Permissive times in the nation’s politics”, (April 8), has expressed the concerns of every right-thinking Indian. In India, elections are never fought on issues and political parties never shy of unethical means and forgo values enshrined in the Constitution.

It is true that the nation is passing through most difficult times Political parties are trying to reach the magical figure of 272. Pre-poll alliances are merely marriages of convenience. After the results, there may be swapping of partners to ensure better future.

There are many spoilsports and they are likely to emerge stronger and may make it impossible for the two major parties — the Congress and the BJP — to form a coalition government.

Only voters can teach a lesson to the parties by exercising their right to vote judiciously.

 LAJPAT RAI GARG, Chandigarh


There is without doubt much brouhaha over the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The focus this time around seems to be on the voter and his franchise. But there is a genuine predicament. The perplexing question is, “who do I vote for?”

If I consider the political parties in the fray, all are equally tainted. The two major parties have genocides to their credit that have been followed by blatant cover-ups. No party is genuinely secular. To my mind, the need of the hour is a new alternative political party comprising of educated and self-motivated people.

The question is— how to get together a group of like-minded people of proven integrity? I think the media can really chip in by inviting people from across the nation on a common platform. A churning of the great Indian reservoir of human resources may throw up good leaders and great ideas.



Mr Dua’s editorial aptly portrayed the political morass that the present crop of politicians has created. It is, therefore, a clarion call from an earnest and anguished intellectual to the electorate of the world’s largest democracy. The forthcoming Lok Sabha polls will be an index of our maturity, awareness and responsibility as citizens.

The editorial pinpoints the corrupt and the criminal politicians as the major culprits. The communalists, too, are no less to blame. We are known not to cast our vote but to vote our caste.

It is high time the educated middle classes contributed their mite as opinion makers. We can discipline the wayward politician only through prudent use of our franchise.



Mr Dua is absolutely right in suggesting that the remedy of good governance lies with us, the people. Let all voters take this advice as a clarion call to elect only those who are for removed from petty power politics. Let us no more allow permissive culture to prevail and pull our country out of the morass of narrow and shortsighted politicking of self-seekers.


Right values

Rape incidents are increasing day by day. Punishments are also being given to the rapists. But no one is concerned about the root cause of this crime. What type of atmosphere are we providing to our youth? Cinema owners openly paste posters of blue films with nude pictures on city walls. TV channels are showing obscene videos of songs. Educational institutions have become “love centres”. Moral values are not being inculcated. Let us give proper atmosphere and values to our youth.


Shoe flinging

The editorial “Pen mightier than shoe” (April 9) has very rightly condemned the unprofessional and unethical act of journalist Jarnail Singh. Whatever the cause and nature of Singh’s provocation, his behaviour was not the right way of expressing dissatisfaction. There are other ways of indicating dissent and disagreement. It is gratifying that the Home Minister refused to be provoked and showed maturity and magnanimity by forgiving Singh.

As expected, various Akali Dals and community leaders vied with each other in announcing rewards for Jarnail Singh, obviously for their partisan and personal gains. Wisely enough, Singh apologised for his act and what is more commendable is that he refused to be the politicians’ toast. Now, as both Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar had to bow out of the electoral race, tempers should cool down.



Hitherto, the shoe played an active role in marriages. A sister-in-law of the groom used to hide his shoes. Today, it has become a fad in the election arena. The other day a journalist threw a shoe. Then a retired teacher threw a shoe on Mr Navin Jindal. The shoe, it seems, is going to become a tool for showing one’s resentment.

If this practice is not brought under control, it will become a nuisance. The government, political parties as well as NGOs should think over it seriously and advise the general public to abstain from such activities, which is against the tradition of India.

P N GUPTA, Sangrur


The conduct of journalist Jarnail Singh at a Press conference where he threw a shoe at the Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram, was, to say the least, most objectionable and obnoxious. Surely, he should have behaved like a gentleman.

Whatsoever may have been the provocation, the occasion and the manner to express his hurt feelings in this way was not proper. However, Mr Chidambaram deserves praise for remaining calm. .




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