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Deliberate silence on vital issues

H K Dua in his front-page Editor’s Column, “Vital issues that politicians hate to take up” (April 23), has rightly highlighted the politicians’ deliberate silence on such vital issues as corruption and tickets to criminals to contest elections. Another vital issue all politicians have avoided, like the proverbial plague, is population control. No party has put it in manifesto simply because it is not a populist issue.

However, population explosion is a vital issue. India’s economic progress cannot keep pace with the burgeoning population. Very soon, we would overtake China as the world’s most populous country. We may have the world’s largest population of the youth. But what is the quality of that youth? Most of them are undernourished, uneducated and under-skilled. India is sitting over a demographic time bomb. The frustrated youth may become India’s Taliban.



The seriousness of the issues and the apathy of the politicians have perhaps prompted the writer to highlight the situation to awaken the people. The Tribune deserves appreciation for educating the educated voters, guiding them to cast their votes judiciously. In fact, it is the educated voters who are responsible for the mess in Indian politics. They have conveniently forgotten their duties as citizens of free India.

Plato castigates such citizens: “Those who do not take interest in the affairs of the state are not harmless fellows but useless fellows”. Mr Dua has launched a campaign to stir the conscience of these “useless” citizens and has been advising them time and again to exercise their right to vote wisely.

PROF LAKHA SINGH, Sarhali, Taran Taran


The editorial carries a striking message, at once loud and clear, that our politicians, irrespective of party affiliations, are alike. Their only aim in life is to grab power by fair or foul means. They are neither of the people nor by the people. How can one expect them to be for the people? A large number of politicians have become a slur on the name of politics.

Sincere journalists like Mr Dua and his team of editors are fearlessly trying to rouse the nation.


Compulsions of coalition politics

The BJP has thrown a gauntlet at the Congress, accusing Dr Manmohan Singh of being a weak Prime Minister. The accusation has some merit but the way Mr L K Advani wants us to believe is wrong. Such are the compulsions of coalition politics that no strong and popular Prime Minister has been possible since the 1984-89 tenure of the late Rajiv Gandhi.

Coalition dharma includes quid pro quo. Thus, the Prime Minister is not the first among equals but subordinate to machinations and backroom bargaining in choosing ministers of the Cabinet and their portfolios. So, the prerogative of the Prime Minister in forming the ministry withers away.

Coalition governments work by way of consensual rule. Mr Advani’s bid to brand Dr Singh as a weak Prime Minister is closely related to his portrayal as Lauh Purush (Iron Man) by the BJP. However, it does not stand scrutiny if we look at his functioning as Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. His condoning of the Gujarat riots speaks volumes of his character.

Certainly, his “Iron Man” image is melting. The Parliament attack by terrorists took place during his stint as Home Minister. Against this backdrop, Mr Advani’s tirade against Dr Singh does not stand the test of history. 


Save daughters

To the editorial, “Saving the daughter” (April 25), I wish to add that the reason behind the skewed sex ratio is the patriarchal attitude of a male dominated society. Schemes like “Nanhi Chaon” and “Laadli” will not succeed unless women learn to respect their own individuality. A mother-to-be undergoes sex determination test and the family head dictates subsequent course of action often leading to the elimination of the female foetus. Women should take a stand and not only ensure but also celebrate the birth of daughters.


Appeal for votes!

The middle “Below the voter’s belt!” (April 17) by Vepa Rao was interesting. Refreshing candour marked his “appeal” for votes.  In an amusing, tongue-in-cheek manner, he has exposed the political class and their vote-catching  slogans and methods.

TARA CHAND, Ambota, Una

Retirement age

It will be a blunder if the retirement age of government employees is increased from 58 to 60 years. It will lead to frustration and unemployment. Many senior officials and employees will be deprived of promotion. The opportunities of employment for educated and trained youth will dwindle further. The government must ponder over the issue seriously.

ANIL SHARMA,  Bilaspur



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