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Time for PM to take bold decisions

The victory of Congress-led UPA has put the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and his new government under the spotlight (H K Dua’s front- page editorial “Dr Manmohan Singh can now go in for bold policies”, May 25). If winning the Lok Sabha elections was a daunting task, then leading the country to achieve inclusive growth is even more so. If security of the country is paramount, so are improving its relations with the neighbouring countries.

Dr Singh must undertake these challenges in an emphatic manner. The first year of his governance would be an acid test. India is progressing, but needs to do much more. Without any doubt, the Prime Minister is committed to the nation. But, how can he ensure similar work ethics from his large Cabinet? We need more men like Dr Singh to mould and shape the country.

 DR SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia


In real democracy, no political party can play havoc with the progress of the nation. People of India have outrightly rejected the BJP, the Left, the Third Front and other groups as they followed negative policies. Undoubtedly, the Indian electorate has voted for stability and continuity. Surely, more trust places greater responsibility on the government.

Bold decisions are essential in the field of healthcare, employment, education and national security. Keeping in mind the welfare of the country and betterment of the aam admi, Dr Singh should go ahead with bold policies.


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With the assured support of over 300 MPs in the Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, can now surely go in for bold policies and bolder decisions. But, then, as appropriately pointed out by Mr Dua, “This kind of trust places tremendous responsibility. Neither the Prime Minister nor the Congress can afford to fail the aam admi”.

Overburdened with responsibilities, the PM and his party will have to be extra careful. Lapses may be magnified manifold. Mr Narendra Modi has rightly opined, “There is no full stop in politics”. It is a game of commas, semicolons and, of course, dashes.



Dr Singh can create history by discouraging political shenanigans among the ruling elite. The coming budget will reflect the grit and determination of the UPA government. The budget should lay emphasis on employment, girl child, senior citizens and the welfare of the disadvantaged sections of society. The government should provide succour to poor farmers. Dr Singh should play the twin role of an economist and an able Prime Minister.



Dr Manmohan Singh’s anxiety to present a roadmap with emphasis on more economic reforms, double-digit growth reveals his concern for the common man. The bitter truth is that there is almost a complete disconnect between the high-flying Indians living in luxury and the millions who do not get two-square meals a day. There is a need to increase investment in science and technology, education and healthcare.

 AJIT SINGH, Windsor, Canada

Listen to wives

Recently, the Supreme Court has advised husbands to do whatever their wives say. The advice is interesting. However, to my mind, the husband has to be an idiot if he acts accordingly.

Apparently, the apex court seems to have pleaded–wittingly or unwillingly—the case of nagging wives who are likely to feel emboldened and may bare their fangs more fiercely than ever. The husbands at large would, therefore, be well advised to be on their guard.

TARA CHAND, Ambota, Una

Eradicate corruption

Successive governments have paid only lip service to the eradication of corruption. Thanks to the “official blessings”, the menace of corruption has been growing bigger and bigger. So much so that today there are very few politicians and bureaucrats who are above board. Political considerations and vote-bank politics have come in the way of fighting corruption. Once in power, each and every political party feels free to loot the country with both hands. Any wonder, that reportedly 150 of the newly-elected MPs have criminal cases pending against them.

Can one expect improvement in standards of probity under the circumstances? The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, is known for his impeccable integrity. But the same cannot be said about many others. Those who suffer the most at the hands of the corrupt politicians and the civil servants are invariably the poor. They are crushed under the corrupt and oppressive system. Will the Prime Minister rise to the occasion and take initiatives to eradicate corruption? Will the Congress President stand by him in giving the country a clean government? It is hoping against hope. But didn’t someone say hope springs eternal in the human breast?  




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