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Mayawati has neglected UP’s interests

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Maya’s illusion” (May 19). Indeed, the BSP had returned to power on the promise that it would improve the law and order situation and concentrate on the development of the state. But the performance of the BSP government has disillusioned people. In her pursuit of political power at the Centre, which is her legitimate right, she has certainly neglected the state’s interests.

However, I do not agree that the BSP appeals on the basis of caste. In fact, the Dalit ideology embraces in its fold all social groups, including various caste and sub-caste groups who had been excluded culturally and economically for centuries. Now, in a democratic India they want to share political power.



I see nothing wrong, discriminatory or undemocratic in this emerging political phenomenon. It is a different matter that the leadership concerned has not been able to articulate its ideological basis in a truly democratic manner. However, UP does need attention of the state government in areas of health and education. The administrative delivery system at the grassroots level needs to be streamlined.

G S BAL, Jalandhar

Vibrant democracy

H K Dua’s front-page editorial “It’s affirmation of a functioning democracy” (May 17) is a right assessment of the outcome of the 15th Lok Sabha elections. It is true that the victory of the Congress-led UPA is a verdict against political uncertainty and instability that creates problems for the country and affects the interests of the people adversely.

This time the voter has exhibited maturity in rejecting the negative policies and programmes of political parties. In the same manner, the electorate has categorically rejected the politics of pressure, manipulations, bargaining and blackmailing.

The formation of fronts at the time of elections has become a practice which has been outrightly rejected by the voters. Such fronts are nothing but a group of rejected and defeated leaders who come together for vested interests. The future of the Left and the right parties is rather dismal.

AMAR SINGH, Ambala City


The Indian electorate has given a decisive mandate in favour of the Congress-led UPA. The BJP has been cut to size and the dream of Left-led Third Front has been shattered. The electorate has rejected arrogance and pomposity and shown maturity by jettisoning political parties based on caste, region, religion and ethnicity.

The verdict can rightly be called an endorsement of the Manmohan Singh government’s performance. The Congress has exceeded its own expectations. It is the only party in UP which has improved its tally from nine to 21 seats.

In fact, there are clear signs of its revival in the crucial Hindi heartland. The credit for this splendid achievement goes to the charismatic leadership of Ms Sonia Gandhi and the inspiring qualities of Mr Rahul Gandhi.



The verdict clearly shows that voters want a stable government and good governance. The people of India have given their verdict in favour of the clean image of Dr Manmohan Singh. We hope Dr Manmohan Singh will do his best for the nation’s development and growth.


Media’s appreciable role

The role of the Indian media, particularly The Tribune, in the run-up to the just concluded parliamentary elections has by and large been very positive. It is due to the media’s efforts that in spite of scorching heat, the middle class and youth came out in large numbers and voted for communal harmony, peace, good governance and a stable government. Only a stable and determined government can fight against the menace of terrorism.

The voters have rejected the belligerent attitude of Mr LK Advani and that of the exploiters and blackmailers. The stock market has responded with an unprecedented bull run.

Now we have men of eminence like Mr Shashi Tharoor to serve the nation. The electorate of West Bengal deserves credit for reining in the destructive fury of the Left. Punjab has given a mild rebuff to the politics of populism. We can now hope for an accelerated economic growth.


Political appointments

There is no denying the fact that public prosecutors (“Delhi Durbar”, May 19) are appointed on political considerations. Whenever a government changes, all officers, including the Advocate-General and the law officers, tender their resignations and new ones in whom the government of the day has confidence are appointed.

But it is unfortunate that many states, including Punjab and Haryana, are liberally appointing these officers. Often their number exceeds the actual requirement.Let there be no compromise on competence.

These law officers are supposed to give legal advice and represent the government in legal cases. The number of political appointees should be fixed. Political appointments should not become a burden on the public exchequer.


Tough decisions

The people of India have given a clear mandate to the UPA government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh. However, now it is time to take some hard decisions, especially on the economic front. In future, populist measures such as loan waivers must be dispensed with.

Concrete and effective steps should be taken to deal with the menace of corruption and tax evasion. Population must be controlled, as population explosion is the root cause of economic as well as social problems.




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