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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
L E T T E R S    T O    T H E    E D I T O R

It’s a vote for stability and peace

H K Dua in his front-page editorial It’s affirmation of a functioning democracy” (May 17) has rightly stated that by winning the elections to the 15th Lok Sabha, the Congress-led UPA has certainly pulled the nation out of the jaws of political instability.

The voters have rejected the negative policies of the Left and the communal agenda of the BJP. Their rejection underscores that the real India believes in a liberal democracy. The Indian voters have certainly opted for the UPA’s policies which despite compulsions of coalition politics were development-oriented. In many ways, the performance of the UPA government reflected the personality of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh.

He believes in doing his work quietly and efficiently. Most importantly, he places values and integrity above everything else. Mr Rahul Gandhi chose the hard way to success. He realised that if the Congress had to recover lost ground, a short-term view would be self-defeating.
Now that the UPA has taken charge under the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh, it should be cautious and should keep Left parties and opportunistic leaders at an arm’s length.

SUMAN KUKAL. Chandigarh




II

The UPA victory has disproved the hypothesis that gentle people cannot be super achievers. The election results have also proved that the Indian electorate has attained maturity and have the wisdom to understand the importance of policies and schemes implemented by the government.

Dubbing an internationally acclaimed economist as a weak PM backfired on the BJP. While taking stock of the elections results, the political insight of Mr Rahul Gandhi cannot be ignored either. Let us hope that both industry and agriculture gain further momentum under the able guidance of Dr Manmohan Singh.

AJIT SINGH GANDHI, Amritsar

III

The voters have elected the right man who has the capacity and the capability to take care of the needs of the common man. The UPA government under the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh can push up economic growth. The Left and the fundamentalist parties should note that their negative policies of divide and rule would not work. The young and dynamic India has rejected divisive politics categorically.

SUGANDHA, Sangrur

IV

Voters have proved that we are the largest functioning democracy in the world. It is evident that voters approve of real performers and not opportunists. The Congress-led UPA must grab this golden opportunity and rise up to the expectations of the voters. The Tribune’s campaign “Your vote matters”, too, served a fruitful purpose. Mr Dua has aptly concluded that, “Many prominent politicians do not understand India, that is Bharat”

HARBANS SINGH, Ambala Cantt

V

Mr Dua’s editorial was splendid and critical. Dr Manmohan Singh, the man with astounding calibre once again takes the reign of the country in his capable hands. The UPA government, primarily the Congress, despite all odds has stood the test of the times. Simultaneously, the champions of the Hindutava have cut a sorry figure.

Nevertheless, the important thing is not the victory, but the contest. For the UPA, the next five years would be significant.

RAVI DATTA, Dehra, Kangra

VI

The people of India have voted for continuity and stability of the Congress- led UPA government. It has been said on behalf of the Congress that it is for the “Aam admi”. 
Let it prove so.

The government should, without any further delay, address the problems of price-rise and corruption. The UPA should come up to the expectations of the common man for whom only bread and butter are important.

G R KALRA, Chandigarh

VII

The UPA has been voted to power much to the astonishment of the power- hungry BJP and the Third Front. Despite a meagre voter turnout in cities like Mumbai, a stable government awaits India. The Congress has proved their might and ability to survive.

 ANIKET SINGH, SAS Nagar

Terrorist organisation

India need not shed tears over the death of the LTTE chief, V Prabhakaran. He was the mastermind behind the assassination of the late Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. Dr Manmohan Singh should take strict action against the LTTE and its sympathisers because the LTTE is undeniably a terrorist organisation.

SANJAY CHAWLA, Amritsar






Tap hydel power 

In the past few years, the Punjab government has taken steps to increase thermal power and to raise it from 2620 MW to 9100 MW. This is likely to increase threat to environment and aggravate the fly-ash problem.

Punjab should no longer continue to neglect tapping of the hydel power. Considerable hydel potential is being wasted at Shahpur Kandi. The project designs and drawings for this project had been prepared long back. Still the go-ahead signal is not being given. One can imagine what would have happened, if Nangal Dam had not been built below Bhakra Dam. The efficacy of Shahpur Kandi project to Thein Dam cannot be overlooked.

DR G S DHILLON, Former Chief Engineer Punjab (Irrigation), Chandigarh 

 





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