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Common man bears the brunt

The common man is helpless to whatever is happening in Delhi though they are seething with resentment against the national political parties. It is really disappointing to note that the UPA-II government does not see anything wrong in its hasty allocation of 142 coal blocs to private companies which are reported to have made a fast buck, causing a huge presumptive loss to the national exchequer.

BJP leaders seem to be averse to any democratic debate and they are only gunning for the PM’s head.

Confusion abounds in the political circles as to what to do in such a critical situation where the UPA government ridicules the findings of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and wants the BJP to introspect hard about its obvious failure to check acts of corruption in the states where it is in power.

The Prime minister alone is not to blame for the merciless and rapacious plunder of national resources by private companies. This unprecedented and shameless loot should be stopped at once because it is filling the coffers of powerful capitalists and political leaders of the country and depriving millions of Indians of their due share in the prosperity of our country.



Neither the Congress party nor the BJP or any other political party but the common man suffers as usual. Public money goes down the drain. 

Cases of corruption against politicians are never proved in courts of law. Scams after scams are regularly discussed without any positive results. Soon Coalgate shall be taken over by another new scam Corruption at all levels shall continue. 

Our democratic setup has become a joke where candidates with criminal background are voted to power by the common man. BJP is not allowing Parliament to function but want the PM to resign. BJP knows that the ‘mota maal’ charge can never be proved, while the Congress knows it is a political drama for the next general elections. The irony is that the public is helpless in this dance of democracy and people in power know pretty they have an upper hand. The final outcome should be cancellation of all mining rights and referring the whole matter to the Supreme Court.

Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi 

Unmanned cadres

Over the last many years, the strength of bureaucracy has increased manifold which has cost the exchequer heavily (editorial Unmanned cadres, Aug 28). Further, corruption and inflation is rising every day. The proverb “Cut your coat according to your cloth” needs to be followed by the government . The central and state governments of the day should learn to adopt austere measures rather than to increase posts of bureaucrats. The government should abandon its approach of digging out new taxes. The widening gap between the rich and the poor should be bridged. Finance Minister P Chidambaram invented the service tax just before the 2009 general elections. The service tax is meaningless and must be abolished to give relief to the common man. Undue increase in the number of posts should be done away with.

DP JINDAL, Mandi Gobindgarh

Dignity  intact

The minorities in India enjoy a dignified status as compared to their counterparts in Pakistan (Kuldip Nayyar’s article Plight of Pak minorities, August 23). Persons of the minority communities  have held the highest offices in India. It is unfortunate that Rahman Malik, Minister for Internal Affairs in Pakistan, should make a dubious and perverted statement about Hindu pilgrims. In fact, most of the political leaders in Pakistan indulge in making such irresponsible statements.

The genesis of all problems between India and Pakistan is the Partition, which was an unnatural process created by the colonial rulers.

Many problems between the two countries will be resolved if there is federal unity between them. The unity between east and west Germany and between north and south Vietnam solved many agonising problems. The statesmen in India and Pakistan should do some loud thinking on the issue to bring in peace and harmony.


Witness to mayhem

What occurred in the wake of the Partition was perhaps among the goriest happenings that ever took place in the world ( Rajbir Deswal’s  middle  Memories of mayhem, August 11). Barbarity supplanted humanity. One million people - Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims-were killed; over 2 crore were uprooted. Thousands of women and girls were abducted and ravished. Sahir Ludhianvi cried: Zamin ney khoon ugla aasmaan ney aag barsaai\jab insaanon key dil badley to insaanon pe kya guzri.

I am a witness to the mayhem that made us leave our hearth and house in Pakistan just couple of hours before a mammoth mob of marauders plundered the village and killed old people left behind. Hoodlums hovered around our caravan. Sporadic skirmishes took place between the caravan members and the attackers. Both sides suffered casualties. The horrible upheaval is history now.


Judgement day

August 29 proved to be the Day of Judgement; Kasab’s capital punishment having been upheld by the Supreme Court of India. The  butcher terrorist deserves to go to gallows. However, he still has the right to file a review petition and a mercy petition. It is strange that a dreaded murderer is allowed same legal as given to the others with much lesser crime.

However, it remains to be seen when Kasab is hanged. The govt is duty bound to put the Supreme Court verdict to practice. Another landmark judgement came in the Gujarat riot case, where the special court has sentenced the marauders for life. It took  this verdict 10 years to come. But nevertheless it will give some solace to those who lost their  loved ones.

Saroj Sharma, Amritsar

Forgotten BPL families

The public distribution of wheat and pulses to the BPL families has crashed within a few days of election in Punjab. Only wheat is available under the scheme while the other cereals seem to have vanished. There is no doubt that these were very popular schemes were instrumental in giving an edge to the Akali-BJP combine in the last elections. It is astonishing that the govt has not come up with any clarification on the gaffe yet. It is appalling that no NGO or social worker has yet raised this issue at any forum.

Prof MK SHARMA, Amritsar 



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