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Seizure of cash not enough punishment

The editorial “Cash for votes” (April 17) has rightly emphasised that there should be strict auditing of the accounts of political parties. Mere seizure of cash being distributed to voters is not the right punishment for such offences. Those found involved in such cases should be prosecuted and given exemplary punishment like imprisonment.

In his article “Below the voter’s belt!”, Shri Vepa Rao has shown how well-known political leaders fool the voters. I hope the voters will try to understand how most of our leaders work and make it a point to vote for a candidate whose credentials are beyond doubt.

P. N. GUPTA, Sangrur

Use pen, not shoe

In our society, an act of violence or an act which, directly or indirectly, goes against constitutional norms is being hailed by the masses. Leaders, irrespective of the party, defend these acts.

The shoe-throwing acts of both Muntazar-al-Zaidi and Jarnail Singh overshadowed intellect and rationality. Ethically, the job of a journalist is to speak through his pen. Their impatience overshadowed their real vocation.



Every citizen has a right to express his opinion. The journalist and the retired school teacher may have had some real concerns that the politicians have not been able to address. They expressed their grievances but the method was not right. A journalist and a teacher should use the power of pen.


Carbon problem

It is heartening (“Carbon Problem can be buried”, April 6) to note that, as per a study, greenhouse gas can be buried without fear of leaking. Further research is needed to confirm the findings of this study and establish that carbon dioxide can be safely buried underground without the risk of it escaping back into the atmosphere. If this is true, we will be able to tackle the pressing problem of pollution and global warming which is threatening the world.

G. R. KALRA, Chandigarh

Strange promises

Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav has made strange and silly promises in the party manifesto that they would work against English education and use of computers after coming to power at the Centre. Such ideas can never  guide the country towards  progress and prosperity.

In the modern era of science and technology, computers can help increase the work efficiency and spread knowledge faster and more widely. Any state which has to excel will have to adopt computerisation and English education. Thus, it is for the voters to decide whether they want progress or they want to drag India back into the Stone Age.

Suman Kukal, Chandigarh

Sorry state of politics

“Politics without values” by  Kuldip Nayar (April 17) citing the example of suffocated Rahul Deepankar rightly says that crime and corruption have taken firm roots in Indian politics.

The writer has shown the progressively deteriorating and degenerating Indian political environment, where politicians are increasingly adopting the characteristics of a chameleon by changing colors according to the power equation, converting politics into a free-for-all political circus. Witnessing  such anarchy, people are  increasingly losing their faith  in our political system.

However, the question is: Who is to blame for such state of politics?

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bhatinda

Double standards

Prof Samuel P. Huntington of Harvard University, USA, very succinctly brought out hypocrisy and double standards of the West. What he said in his monumental volume, “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” (1993), holds good even today.

In his words, “Hypocrisy, double standards, and “but nots” are the price of universalist pretensions. Democracy is promoted, but not if it brings Islamic fundamentalists to power; non-proliferation is preached for Iran and Iraq, but not for Israel; free trade is the elixir of economic growth, but not for agriculture; human rights are an issue for China, but not with Saudi Arabia; aggression against oil-owning Kuwaitis is massively repulsed, but not against non-oil-owning Bosnians. Double standards in practice are the unavoidable price of universal standards of principle.”

It is time the Western world took professor Huntington’s analysis in letter and spirit, formulated a strategy to neutralise such a strongly growing feeling and thus became acceptable to the rest of the world. As of now, the US as well as the rest of the West have more enemies than friends, notwithstanding their loud proclamations to the contrary.




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