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Team Anna should rethink its strategy

Anna Hazare’s close aide Arvind Kejriwal, in his recent article in one of the leading dailies, has asked the people, “The anti-corruption movement is at crossroads today. Where do we go from here?” I want to remind Team Anna that no one had expected that the anti-corruption battle would be won in just a few months by going on a fast. Bringing about a change in the system has always been a challenge and will be a challenge.

This is the right time for Team Anna to rethink why they have not succeeded. They should re-strategise their policies rather than going after one party just because it is in power. They should stay focused on their key objective — to fight against corruption.

Moreover, they should clear the air about its members’ alleged scam like Kiran Bedi’s inflating air bills or Shanti Bhushan’s stamp duty scandal because charity begins at home. They should come out with their plans and let the countrymen take a call on whether to support the movement or not.


Revise pension

The Haryana Government has been harsh towards retired staff of government-aided schools while granting revised pension. It notified the revision of pension and accordingly directed the teachers of government-aided schools to deposit certain amount as part of provident fund contribution in the year 2009. In compliance with the order, the teachers deposited the amount as per calculation made by the SO (DEO’s Office) in August 2009. But the government has not revised the pension till now. I request the authorities concerned to do the needful at the earliest.


No alternative

Since political parties are not like religious groups, people shift themselves from one party to another without any religious ceremony. Our parties are not based on religious or economic principles, therefore, there is no need to change from inside or from outside and simple declaration is enough. Therefore, we can say that all political people are one group and these parties are just teams who play friendly matches in our august Houses and we, the people of India, are just spectators.

When these politicians play friendly matches in the Houses, we watch, we laugh, we clap, and after the end of the match we weep and repent what type of people we had elected. And in spite of all this, we cannot decide what type of people we should elect because the political parties field candidates of their own choice and we have got no alternative with us.


Rigid Mamata

Although it was presumed that Mamata Banerjee would change her style and thinking after becoming the Chief Minister as help is to be sought from the Centre time and again but all such observations have been dashed to the ground as she has become more rigid.

Firstly, the UPA government had to give in when she refused to yield on FDI in retail. Again, she did not cooperate with the UPA government on the Pension Fund Bill. You have rightly observed in your editoral “Alliance in trouble” (January 6) that the Congress has been compelled to make good relation with other leading parties like SP in Uttar Pradesh and possible alliance with other parties in Goa so that it could improve its position in the Rajya Sabha. However, I feel it would be much better if Mamata mends her ways and becomes flexible, as rigid attitude can be dangerous for her party as well.


Road rage

Road rage seems to have become the order of the day. The bullies rule the Indian roads. Speeding after drinking or just for fun is common among drivers, particularly youngsters. Speed thrills them and eventually kill them as well as many other innocent pedestrians or two-wheeler riders. Something needs to be done immediately. Road Rage is a stigma in a civilised society. We should rise up and speak against it. Due to the rash driving, traffic jams are synonymous with India. We should take off it. So, drive smart and put a smile in every heart.

SHIVALI, Kaithal

Take stand

This refers to news item “After visa row, Delhi to send smaller delegation to China”  (January 8). I would say that India should review its decision and take a stand by not sending the delegates on refusal of visa to a senior Indian Air Force officer without assigning any reason. China’s attempt to make an issue of the visits of the Prime Minister to Arunachal and the Dalai Lama to Tawang has had a negative impact on public opinion in India, which sees China’s claims as provocative and hostile in nature.

The territorial issues with China should be resolved across the table to maintain better trade and defence relations. 


Evil lies in the mind of beholder

This refers to “Sluts’ in Salwaar Kameez?” by Kishwar Desai (January 8). Evil lies in the mind of the beholder. It is irrational to suggest that a rape victim somehow asked for it. A sick and perverted mind does not have to look for external motivation to commit barbaric act. His vile mind is already preconditioned to attack the first available innocent victim.

We should stop looking for naive rationalisations to justify the act of rape. Instead, lengthy jail sentences and social awareness would be perfect deterrents to provide relief from such violent behaviour. The wild predators of the jungle are driven by their own vulgar hunger and not by the outward appearance of their prey.




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