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Great Indian tamasha continues

I agree with views expressed in H K Dua’s front-page Editor’s Column, “Vital issues that politicians hate to take up” (April 23). The election process is still on and almost all political parties are claiming that their party will come to power with a thumping majority. These parties have drawn their plans to occupy the coveted Prime Minister’s chair. But what is surprising is that leading national parties are being asked to extend outside support to lesser-known parties to form the government. Indian electorate is astonished by the ever-increasing list of Prime- Ministerial aspirants.

Our politicians are afraid to take up real issues. The present trend indicates that we are heading for a hung Lok Sabha which will surely lead to unprincipled alliances and horse trading and leave the field open for opportunists. I hope Indian voters would play a decisive role by rejecting candidates with a criminal background. Let us teach a lesson to the opportunistic politicians. Remember, our votes alone can keep them at bay.

MUKAND LAL KAUSHIK, Chandigarh




II

The present elections are sans any vital issues. Politicians are using all possible dirty tricks to capture power. Mr Dua has very aptly described it as the great Indian Tamasha. The politicians have lost touch with the feelings of the people and are furthering their unprincipled agenda to grab power.

The political class is not concerned about political stability. No party is talking about criminalisation of polity and almost every party has tainted contestants. The real issues like affordable education and healthcare, crop insurance for farmers, employment avenues for the young, power and water supply and security are not at all being mentioned.

On the other hand, every party is trying to outdo each other by promising cheaper foodgrains and other financial benefits which is akin to bribing the electorate. The parties should instead talk about their policies on major issues. Is it asking for too much from today’s power-hungry leaders?

BRIG HS SANDHU, Panchkula

III

The speeches and canvassing of political parties and leaders are meaningless. The verbal duel of the national and regional leaders is almost akin to character assassination. Basic issues are completely ignored and forgotten.

Farmers are committing suicide because of heavy debts. Rural India is crying for safe drinking water, elementary education and proper roads. No leader is talking of corruption. No leader seems to be paying attention to the rising prices of food grains.

ALAM SINGH, Adampur

Congress-BJP alliance!

The accusations and counter-charges by leaders of different political parties and use of foul language against each other makes one feel ashamed. Each political party in the country is trying to prove better than the other. Regional parties are fighting for petty regional issues rather than national issues.

I suggest that the two major political parties, the Congress and the BJP, should merge their differences and form a strong government at the Centre in the national interest. This sort of government will reflect the aspirations of different sections of our country and will be better than a “khichri sarkar”.

CHAMAN LAL SHARMA, Dhakoli, SAS Nagar






Punish Kasab 

Ajmal Amir Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist, who is one among those who killed innocent civilians in Mumbai in full public view, is still alive. And our legal system is caught in a legal jargon. Besides causing extraordinary delay, the ongoing exercise is making our justice system a joke. Earlier, the investigators made a joke of the proceedings by producing an 11,000-page chargesheet against him.

Is the court’s role to punish the culprit or demonstrate to the world the nobility of our legal system? Will the jurists in India help bring an end to his trial? They should refrain from wasting time in flaunting their legal knowledge.

LT-COL BACHITTAR SINGH (retd), SAS Nagar

 





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