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Is it genuine opposition of govt policies?

When the NDA government was in power, it was in favour of FDI in retail and the Congress was opposing it. Now, it is the other way round. Is the opposition genuine or just for the sake of it? If FDI in retail was not good for the country in early 2000, how has FDI suddenly become the way to go forward for the Cnogress?

It was the NDA government which got the IRDA (Insurance) Bill passed in Parliament, which paved the way for Indian and foreign private companies to start operations in the insurance sector in the country. Now they are opposing the proposal of raising FDI limit in insurance to 49%.

There have been numerous instances where MPs from various parties make statements one day and take a U- turn the very next day. “Lick your own spit” is the perfect phrase to express this kind of action.

MLAs in some states have actually gone a step ahead in doing a sling match with chairs, tables, mikes, files. None of them seem to be ever ashamed of their acts.


Political cleansing

Politics not only in Punjab but in others states too has become a playground for criminal elements. It is a downfall for Indian politics that from being seen as the last priority for scoundrels, politics today is their first refuge (editorial ‘Govern, not rule’, December 11).

The sharp decline in moral standards of political leaders and party workers has encouraged and emboldened law-breaking and amoral elements in the society to join politics and make political parties a retreat for self-aggrandisement to realise their personal, ignoble ends. It is a pan-India problem, thanks to poor leadership in all political parties.

The political system needs to be cleansed. Political leaders must stop ruling the state like a bunch of feudal lords who misuse their powers to terrorise the common man. The political parties must leave the police alone and allow it to do its constitutional duty of maintaining law and order and ensuring peace in the state.



The government and politicians never allow the police to function independently. The politicians always want cases registered as per their directions. The editorial ‘Govern, not rule’ (December 11) has highlighted politicians’ interference in police functions. The police is a specialised force to deal with crime, not to serve vested interests.

The damage done is irreparable, damage control won’t help and a few short term corrective measures will not serve the purpose. There is an urgent need to make the administration pro-active, independent and public welfare-oriented. Shedding crocodile tears after everything is lost will not help later.

K S SEKHON, Patiala

Insulting remark

To lose a child is a calamity large enough and to know that he underwent torture and extreme pain in his last days is like rubbing salt into raw wounds. The statement of Pakistan Interior Minister says it all. He thinks the cigarette butt marks and chopping off of body parts of Capt Saurabh Kalia and five other soldiers was an outcome of bad weather. His statement is ludicrous to the extreme and an insult to our sensibilities as a nation. The Indian government too has let down its bravehearts.


Mayawati was right

A fundamental duty of the chairperson of each House in Parliament is to ensure that business is transacted in an orderly manner. They hold the authority to rein in members trying to create ruckus in Parliament and must use it.

Mayawati was justified in being vocal enough to express her disapproval on December 12 for adjournment of Rajya Sabha by Vice President Hamid Ansari who was presiding over as Speaker in Rajya Sabha. This was the path of least resistance she took in the face of a vociferous atmosphere created by members of Samajwadi Party in the Rajya Sabha. She rightly urged the Chair to assert, instead of shying away from his responsibility by adjourning the House.

Lt-Col BACHITTAR SINGH (retd), Mohali

Public participation

If good governance is provided to all, regardless of caste, colour and creed, there would be no room for any dispute. The disagreement among different sections of the society on the basis of caste and sectionalism may cease to have an over-riding effect.

We as citizens should say goodbye to divisive politics. The general public will have to unite for appreciating and supporting such a pattern of governance by changing the system of vote-bank politics.


God’s incarnation 

It is ironical to see that the more we are progressing, the more intolerant our society is becoming. Every day there are reports in the media about violence against women, be it dowry, eve-teasing, molestation or rape. This has brought bad name to the country and India has already been termed as one of the most dangerous places for women. One wonders whether we deserve to be the true inheritors of the oldest and most cultured civilization, which gave highest possible place and respect to its womenfolk.

Indian culture holds women second only to God. One of our sacred texts says: Where women are not happy, that family is destroyed, and where women are happy that family progresses.




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