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Political parties desperate for poll partners

The editorial “Wanted: Partners” (May7) correctly analysed the frenetic search of our national parties, the Congress and the BJP, in seeking poll partners. They are desperate to reach the magical number of 273. Whatever may be their public posturing and bravado, they may not be able to attain majority. Opportunism and quid pro quo policies are only leading to political promiscuousness in the Indian polity.  

In such a permissive situation, the regional chieftains have no qualms about shifting sides and changing loyalties for personal and partisan ends. They are changing their political colours faster than the proverbial chameleon. The Third Front led by the Left is only a mirage and its non-communist constituents can ditch it any time for greener pastures. Indeed, politics makes strange bed-fellows.  

The personality and family-based politics has come to rule the roost in the country. Morals and principles are in a short supply. While the common man is leading a miserable life, many of our leaders have amassed wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. Besides, many candidates are facing criminal charges. The present political scene does not bode well for the future of democracy in the country.


Uranium in groundwater

It is now proposed to instal a reverse osmosis (RO) water purifying system (news report, “Polls spark hope in cancer belt” by SP Sharma, April 27) and supply drinking water to Jajjal village located in the cancer belt of Talwandi Sabo. This has provided hope to the people that they will get water free of pesticides which are found in the canal water.

The RO system will be using groundwater. As per data obtained from Guru Nanak Dev University, Jajjal’s groundwater contains uranium concentration beyond the permissible limit. The RO system will not be able to remove uranium. One wonders how the problem of drinking water of Jajjal will be solved.

DR G S DHILLON, former Chief Engineer, Irrigation, Punjab,


Nervous Modi

The unflappable Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, appears to be in jitters ever since the Supreme Court ordered the Special Investigation Team to look into his role in the post-Godhra Gujarat riots that claimed thousands of lives. Since then, he has been dubbing the order as a politically motivated move and a conspiracy to fix him. He has been proclaiming that he is prepared to go to jail or even gallows for the sake of Gujarat.

Cut out the hyperbole. Inquiries are an essential feature of a democracy. Why should he be upset if he is above board? Mr Modi has prime ministerial ambitions. He must ensure that his name is untainted. He should, instead, welcome the inquiry.



No doubt, Mr Rahul Gandhi has shouldered a major part of the Congress campaign and has emerged as the face and voice of the party. The people and the media eagerly wait to hear him. Still, people are unable to digest his recent assertions (news report “Rahul rattles NDA, upsets allies”, May 6).

On the one hand, the Congress’s ally is Ms Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in the West Bengal and on the other hand, he has expressed openness for a post-poll alliance with the Left.

He also praised the Janata Dal (U) leader, Mr Nitish Kumar, an NDA ally. Perhaps, it was a political ploy. So seems to be his offer to the Telegu Desam leader, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, a strong rival of the Congress in the state. Indeed, in politics there are no permanent friends or foes. Still, Mr Rahul Gandhi’s overtures seem to be a sign of desperation. His Press conference may hurt the Congress.


Save water

Taking cognisance of the grave consequences of the depleting ground water (news report “Set up panel to solve water scarcity: SC”, May 1), drying up of rivers and polluting of canals, the Supreme Court has mandated the setting up of a high-level expert committee to address the issue of water shortage. Even a drop of water consumed in excess of the minimum requirement contributes to water shortage.

Short-term reduction in water use helps in water conservation. This depends on the behavioural changes by the users. The public should follow water conservation measures. Unnecessary usage of water for bathing, washing cars and watering lawns, etc, should be avoided. Rainwater harvesting is an eco-friendly strategy and must be employed to recharge ground water and should be made mandatory.


Film stars & politics

Nothing could be more truthful than Devi Cherian’s observation in her column “Chatterati” under the headline “Film stars in politics disappoint” (May 4). The performance of film stars as politicians “has earned the displeasure of the voter, and also created problems among party cadres.” As square pegs in round holes, at best, they are like good showpieces but serve no real purpose. They should realise the gravity of the warning and voluntarily opt out of politics and continue to be the glory of the world they really belong to.


‘Jaziya’ and Sikhs

The issue of “Jaziya” imposed by the Taliban on the Sikhs living in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province is a matter of deep concern. This reminds us of the Mughal rule of Aurangzeb. Political parties should refrain from exploiting this issue and come forward with a conclusive policy on how to help the Sikhs who are facing the terror of the Taliban in Pakistan.

SIMMI MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City

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