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PM should follow bold policies

H K Dua’s front-page editorial “Dr Manmohan Singh can now go in for bold policies” (May 25) was timely. Thankfully, the breed of selfish and bigoted politicians is vanishing from the Indian polity, slowly but surely. The people of India have shown maturity by voting decisively in favour of the UPA. The electorate has eliminated the manipulative tactics of the so-called kingmakers.

The editorial should be an eye-opener for both the BJP and the Third Front. The Left’s role in blocking some of the key economic reforms besides their obstinate stance on the nuclear deal has cost them dear. The so-called kingmakers who were aspiring for the post of the Prime Minister have got a sound drubbing by the voters.

Indian voters want development, growth, job security and good governance. The people of India have reposed full faith in Dr Manmohan Singh and the Congress-led UPA. It is true that this kind of trust in a leader and the political party places tremendous responsibility on them.

R D GAUTAM, Bilaspur


It is heartening that the country has been spared the fate of unstable and unprincipled coalition government. The Indian voter has by and large rejected the divisive politics of politicians like Mr Narendra Modi, Mr Varun Gandhi and their ilk.

The Congress had the decency to offer an apology to the Sikh community for the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Unfortunately, this basic civility is not in the character of Mr Modi who has refused to apologise for the Gujarat riots.The BJP should ponder over the wisdom of as to why it entrusted large part of election campaigning to him.

Mr Modi should learn the virtue of humility if he has to conquer the hearts of Muslims that is the largest minority of the country. Otherwise, his ambition of becoming the Prime Minister of India will remain a pipedream.



The return of Dr Manmohan Sjngh with a reasonably clear majority has given him another term to pursue his unfinished agenda of development. The mandate places tremendous responsibility on his shoulders, particularly when there are no roadblocks as imposed in the previous term by the Left.

The major challenge before the new government is to bring down the fiscal deficit to a reasonable level. The government should go in for aggressive disinvestments in cash-rich PSUs. It should also accelerate reforms in banking and pension sectors.

WG-CDR J S BHALLA, (retd ) Chandigarh

Pressures of Cabinet formation

The Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, have tried to strike a balance in the Cabinet formation. In the new Cabinet, they have tried to give adequate representation to various sections of society as well as their coalition partners.

They have also kept in mind party’s poll-prospects in future assembly elections. But it was not fair that the state of Uttar Pradesh was grossly under-represented, with no minister of Cabinet rank. 

Poor representation of some other states like Haryana was mainly due to pressure tactics of the DMK President, Mr M Karunanidhi, who even put national interest at stake by desiring that all his kith and kin should be accommodated in the Union Cabinet. Even other allies like the TMC and the NCP had to be given more than their due.

The people of India are tired of regional parties eyeing lucrative ministries. They want to run politics like family-business. Only God can save this country from such self-centred and greedy politicians.


Violence in Punjab

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Let peace prevail” (May 27) that an exclusivist approach breeds intolerance, distrust and tension. Whatever happened in Vienna and consequently in Punjab are inhuman acts. The principle of secularism never allows anyone to violate others’ religious faith. And to indulge in violence is unpardonable.

Our religious and political leaders must ponder over ways to check exclusivist approaches being adopted by different faiths and sects. Punjab, now, must remain peaceful. Let the people earn their livelihood. Scientific temper needs to be promoted through quality education, the media and other agencies. The state must prosper socially and economically. Put an end to sectarian wars forever.



What we witnessed in Punjab was neither religion nor democracy. It was bankruptcy of human soul and state administration. By taking the law in their hands, the people expressed lack of confidence in divine justice whereas the government left everything to Him. Identities of all those who torched public and private properties are available on the video clips. Strict action should be taken against them. If the state government fails to do the needful, the Centre should step in.

DR L R SHARMA, Jalandhar


The unsavoury incidents that engulfed Punjab during the past couple of days is the doing of our politicians who have been promoting various deras for creating vote banks. The reason for the rise of dera culture is the failure of the Sikh clergy that has been denying the suppressed social classes their equal status and rights. This has led to the rise of separate caste-based dera culture.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh



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