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Nitish’s victory mandate for development

The landslide victory for Nitish Kumar is a mandate for good governance. The verdict, once again, kindles hope that people of Bihar, which has long been branded a BIMARU state, are willing to come out of the backward tag and tread on the path of peace and prosperity. People no longer wish to be shackled by self-serving, greedy and good-for- nothing brand of status quoists. Nitish Kumar’s sagacious rule has given a sense of self-respect to the people of Bihar.

This also indicates that all is not lost in the dirty game of politics, that people with will and determination to do good can still get a foothold and position of power in this wide political arena. The attitude of people is changing and now they are capable of discriminating the grain from the chaff.

If this can occur in Bihar, other states with better resources at their disposal should learn from this example. The need is to build on the confidence and faith this victory has generated. The electorate in Bihar deserve responsible and responsive people at the helm.

Dr MADHU GOYAL, Bathinda


The landslide victory for the JD (U)-BJP alliance is proof enough that the people of Bihar have come of age. For once, they have decided to keep their caste-ridden politics at bay and decided to vote for development.

Prior to the arrival of Nitish Kumar at the helm of affairs, any mention of Bihar would conjure up visions of a medieval state where lawlessness held sway. With the state literally swarming with ‘feudal’ lords and their private armies creating a ruckus over caste-issues, it was ensured that Bihar would never have its share of growth and progress. The steady deterioration in the law and order machinery was another matter of concern; criminals ‘masquerading’ as political leaders ruled the roost! However, Nitish Kumar’s mantra of development saw a visible turn of fortunes for Bihar.

For a person who professes to have brought the Indian Railways back on tracks with innovative designs during his tenure as the minister in-charge, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s remarks that ‘development does not win elections in Bihar’ could only be a reflection of his ‘domineering politics’ that saw Bihar being pushed into the dark-ages during his prolonged stint as the undisputed lord. It was as if he was converting the state of Bihar into his personal fiefdom with the anointment of his wife Rabri Devi to the Chief Minister’s post and elevating other members of his family on to the centrestage of active politics.

Now that people have shown him the door, it is obvious that the people of Bihar welcome development and have given a huge mandate to Nitish Kumar to continue the good work. However, one when one hears that 141 newly elected members of Bihar Assembly have pending criminal cases against them. For a moment one is tempted to ask as to whether this is the development that the people of Bihar have voted for?

PACHU MENON, Margao, Goa

Don’t spare the corrupt

Ashok Chavan was rightly axed as Maharastra Chief Minister for his alleged involvement in the Adarsh scam. The Congress, however, exposed its double standards and hypocrisy by initially claiming that Mr A Raja though allegedly involved in a much bigger scam could not be grounded because of the coalition government compulsions.

The corrupt should never be given any refuge even at the cost of the government collapsing. We are witnessing scams galore and zero tolerance is the need of the hour.


Modernise IAF

The article “Focus more on technical support” (Nov 20) by Wg-Cdr D P Sabharwal (retd) has rightly drawn attention to modernisation of the Indian Air Force. The present fleet is on way to obsolescence. Extensive repairs may not help the fatigued machines. Air crashes are reported intermittently.

The latest one occurred on November 19 in Tawang in which precious lives of 12 armed forces personnel were lost when one MI-17 helicopter crashed. Not only do aircraft need replacement but standard of training, repair and inspection facilities must also be upgraded. Each aircraft needs technical support quite often before and after each flight. For effective operational preparedness, providing state of the art equipment and technical support to the IAF should not be ignored anymore.

S C VAID, Greater Noida



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