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K’taka: Crucial time wasted in bickering

The BJP government in Karnataka is in a serious dilemma whether to dissolve the Assembly and go for elections in December 2012 or wait for its term to end in May 2013.  The BJP governments in Gujarat and Karnataka states are a study in contrast.  Narendra Modi has successfully quelled local opposition within Gujarat and is keeping at bay his detractors within the party. The BJP high command in Delhi and even the RSS bow to his wishes. 

The BJP chief minister in Karnataka Sadananda Gowda is a puppet installed by the BJP’s central leadership to stage-manage the government in the state. With Yeddyurappa and his loyalists breathing down his neck there has been no time for him to look into other important issues affecting the people. Uncertainty and insecurity have dogged him in office. 

The BJP high command should seek advice from its veteran leader LK Advani and dissolve the Karnataka Assembly to face elections in December 2012 instead of prolonging bitterness. The sitting MLAs have wasted precious time in quarrelling, bickering, lobbying and watching obscene videos.  It is time for them to face the electorate and see whether the public wants them back or not.


Present imperfect

Once the capital of King Subahu of  Mahabharata era after whom the name of Subathu has been derived, the place which gave birth to Shimla after 1814, now the abode of Gorkha Training Centre, is crying for attention of the HP government and Ministry  of Defence.

The Sondhi Road where the Father of Asian Games, Late G D Sondhi, resided, still remains unrepaired. The Cheel Chakkar Road has been made out of bounds for civilians by the Army.

Earlier full of roses and greenery, the Salaria Park constructed during the 60s in memory of martyr Capt Salaria now looks like a dried up crater. The Cantonment Board charges Rs 40 lakh per annum from the public but has not spent even Rs 40, 000 on maintenance of either the park or the road.

Business is zero here where once direct trade was done between Tibet, China and India. Subathu was an important link between two countries before Shimla’s discovery.

There is no direct bus service to any of the bigger towns and cities like Chandigarh and Delhi. There are no medical facilities in the absence of any hospital or dispensary. Politicians term it as cantonment area and the defence authorities blame the state government for its plight. It is high time public representatives and the central government took notice of the deteriorating situation of a glorious historic town of Himachal.


Simla Pact relevant

PR Chari’s write-up  “Relevance of Simla Agreement” ( July 2) portrayed the scene of the Simla meeting when it took place in 1972 after the war between India and Pakistan and emergence of Bangladesh as an independent entity in the Eastern Pakistan amidst overwhelming enthusiasm on both sides. Indira Gandhi chose Shimla as a cool place in the sweltering sun of July so that the bilateral talks could be held in conducive ambience to end the stalemate that appears generally after the wars.

Had this agreement been implemented in a phased manner, the Line of Control would have been demarcated to define the border. Pakistan is responsible for the mess whose leaders did not abide by the one-on-one commitment made by Indira Gandhi and ZA Bhutto. Benazir Bhutto who accompanied her father was liked by the people of India some of whom recommended here appointment as Pakistani High Commissioner to India. Later on, she also could not pick up the thread left by her father when she became the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Time is a major factor in guiding destiny and in this case too the opportune time did not come on either side resulting into the lingering on of the implementation.

The emergence and dominance of fundamentalists in Pakistan with the civilian government simply a stooge in the hands of the army, has led to one decision of today getting nullified the following morning. India should insist upon the implementation of Simla pact in its talks that take place in future.


In national interest

North India is in the grip of an acute power crisis. There is tremendous power potential available especially in J&K, Himachal and Arunachal Pradesh, besides many other parts of the country which should be tapped for the benefit of the country.

While addressing  the seventh International Hydel Power Convention  in  Srinagar, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah  said that  Kashmir possessed an enormous hydel  potential of about 20,000 MW of which only 2,458 MW  is being    harnessed and   to harness the full hydro-electric  capacity of the state over Rs 2 lakh crore is needed.  Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, there is a capacity to  generate power to the tune of 20,000 MW and just about 7000 MW  has been harnessed so far.  

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Getting back together 

Geetanjli Gayatri’s middle “Summer Vacations” brought back nostalgic moments for the readers too. For small kids, favourite destinations for summer vacations used to be daadi/ bua/ massi/ mama or chacha’s place. In the joint family setup, old and young cousins used to assemble at the decided relative’s place and enjoy the stay to the hilt. Visiting public parks, sleeping on rooftops, counting stars, learning to cook and stitch, singing and dancing were some chosen acts.

Today neither the kids nor the relatives have any time and zeal to revive filial bonds. The nuclear family system has curtailed a number of choices. Also, today’s hectic life style perhaps is to be blamed.

Summer vacations provide an opportunity to rejuvenate old bonds and ties. With some flexibility on the part of the guest and the host, the gregarious activity can be made enjoyable.  But there is still no substitute for those mesmerising moments that our generation has savoured.




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