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Politicians ignore real issues

"Vital issues that politicians hate to take up” (April 23) by H K Dua was thought provoking. He has exposed politicians’ insensitivity towards vital issues that affect day-to day life of the common citizen. It seems that the sole aim of the politicians is to win more seats and grab power. For achieving this goal, they can go to any extent. They shut their eyes to the misdeeds and acts of omission and commission of their coalition partners, reward criminals with tickets for the Lok Sabha and keep mum on “the real issues that are on public mind at the moment”.

A large number of politicians,
cutting across political lines, have stooped so low in their campaigning that decency and civility have been given a go-by and the entire exercise of electioneering has turned into a Tamasha.

Voters have been left high and dry to ponder over whether such politicians deserve to be elected to rule over their destiny for the next five years. Still it is the voter who can teach such indifferent politicians a lesson of their life by exercising his voting right with open eyes.  


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I share your concern regarding the degenerating standard of debate among the political class. It is surprising that the people who have been given the responsibility of shaping our destiny and are supposed to lead us through uncertain times are so short of ideas, issues, words and expressions.

The political debates should have focussed on economic slowdown, jobs cuts and lower incomes.

There are other areas of concern as well. Education, health, sanitation and infrastructure demand urgent attention. We are not producing enough electricity to meet the ever-growing energy needs of our country. No party has seriously shown urgency in tapping non-conventional sources of energy such as solar, wind, bio-waste, etc.

The issue of national security too needs to be seriously addressed as Taliban is not too far from our borders. China is establishing its supremacy in the region. Criminalisation of politics and corruption are serious matters. Yet our politicians couldn’t care less about these issues either.

Only vigilant voters and an alert media can set a nationalist agenda. Elected representatives should be made accountable for their performances and failures.



I wonder if India would ever have leaders like Sardar Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Politics has become a dirty business. It is all about winning elections at any cost. 

We get leaders that we deserve, not what we desire. We need to raise ourselves and be counted and elect new generation of leaders, who talk less and work more, are patriotic and worry for the country not themselves.

DR SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia


The editorial brought to fore the prevalent political chaos marked by corruption and nepotism. Every government treads the path of disguised bribery. Astute politicians are befooling the public. We criticise Pakistan for its wrong policies. But we don’t care to look within. Our plans and policies are falling apart.


Stop corporal punishment

Reports of tragic deaths, first of the child Shanno and then of Akriti in Delhi schools due to negligence of teachers or school authorities calls for strict action. Although the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has expressed concern in the case of 11-year-old Shanno, but hers is not an isolated case. There have been many instances when teachers have inflicted injuries on children, often at the slightest provocation.

Similar incidents have been reported in other districts, in government as well as private schools. Incidents of cruelty by teachers against students have been on the rise. The mental agony students undergo when they are humiliated in the presence of others is unimaginable.

The youngsters should be corrected in a gentle and persuasive manner. Corporal punishment makes them arrogant and bitter.

Frequent parent-teacher interactions can help curb the menace of corporal punishment. School managements must appoint teachers who not only hold the attention of the class but also are good human beings. Communication is very vital and teachers who have the skill can persuade erring students to take the correct path.

Teachers must undergo compulsory orientation courses in child psychology. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) should direct district authorities across the country, instructing them to hold meetings with all the school heads and convey that no form of corporal punishment will be tolerated.

DR S K AGGARWAL, Dean, Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar



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