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Mayawati has gone out of control

In the editorial “Mayawati goes berserk” (May 25) you have hit the nail on the head. Indeed, the “Dalit ki Beti”, who had been dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister, is unable to reconcile to the fact that the BSP is no longer popular with the electorate as it was in 2007, when she won the assembly polls with a thumping majority. Ms Mayawati evidently believes that this has been brought about because of “non- cooperating” senior officials, most of whom were working in the constituencies where her party has been defeated.

But she is wrong, as she has failed to read the pulse of the public. People are no longer interested in caste and religion-based politics. She has blissfully forgotten that in democracy, the ballot is supreme. The editorial has rightly pointed out, “But she must understand that people are interested in good governance and nothing else. They will never forgive a party that ignores pressing problems”.


First woman Speaker

It is heartening to note that India has its first woman Lok Sabha Speaker in Ms Meira Kumar. The credit for this goes to the UPA and its chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi. Earlier, the nation got its first woman President, Ms Pratibha Patil.

Women have been excelling in various fields and have been rubbing shoulders with their male counterparts in almost all areas of life. Not too long ago, there were many prejudices against them. But now they are outdoing men in almost every field. We hope that Ms Kumar too will set exemplary standards in her new role.

 NAZI MUNJAL, Panchkula


Dynastic politics

Mr M Karunanidhi has served (editorial, “Mr K and his clan: When lust for berths is overpowering”, May 29) many terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and is still serving the state in the same capacity. By demanding nine ministerial berths for his kith and kin, he and his party, the DMK, have gone down in public esteem. His conduct smacked of blatant nepotism.

Today, politics has become a lucrative profession. Service of the people and patriotism are things of the past. The dynastic approach of politicians in this country has disillusioned the countrymen. Notwithstanding this, the electorate have voted relatives of many political leaders to power in the recently held general election. The electorate must refrain from voting candidates belonging to the same clan or family. Political parties must stop allotting tickets to persons facing criminal charges.

IQBAL SINGH, Bijhari, Hamirpur

Uniform vacation time

The pattern of school vacations differs not only from state to state, but also from school to school in the same city. The duration and dates are fixed as per the convenience and whims of the management with scant regard for the comfort of students and their parents.

It is desirable that the duration and dates of the summer and winter vacations should be fixed by the state education department and should be applicable to all schools within its jurisdiction.

P C AGGARWAL, Panchkula

Prompt action

A stable government (editorial, “Team Manmohan”, May 29) run by a competent team is in place. A resolute and decisive war against terrorism and anti-national elements is the need of the hour. The nation is waiting for firm and conclusive action against terrorism, rioting, arson and vandalism.

We are sure the government is fully aware of its priorities and realises that there is no time to lose. Let all Indians raise their voice in unison to further strengthen the hands and the determination of the government. After all,

“ Hindi hain hum vatan hai Hindustan hamara.”

  RAVI RANA, Kapurthala

Peace in Sri Lanka

There can be lasting peace in Sri Lanka only when the underlying causes which led to the creation of the LTTE are addressed with maturity. The concerns of the Tamil-speaking groups need to be tackled expeditiously. The military action in Sri Lanka has displaced lakhs of citizens. Their re-settlement merits top priority.


Attacks on students

The unprovoked barbarous attacks (editorial, “Hate in Melbourne”, May 30) on Indian students in Australia deserve worldwide condemnation. These students, in addition to paying hefty fees to the Australian universities, contribute to the economy of the host country by doing part-time jobs.

Having issued visas to the students, the Australian Government is fully responsible for the safety of Indian students. The Indian government should put diplomatic and moral pressure on its Australian counterpart to ensure that no further harm comes to the Indian students.

S S BENIWAL, Chandigarh



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