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No roadmap for solving problems

Sonia Gandhi's inaugural address at the Congress conclave at Jaipur aptly outlines how the big game of politics, with Indian voters as pawns, will be played yet again in 2014. She referred to problems faced by the poor, the underprivileged, peasants, labourers and women without spelling out any roadmap to solve them.

She also made a point to take note of the emerging educated, urban middle class which is intolerant to corruption and poor governance. A concern was also shown on the erosion of party's traditional vote bank strongholds. Implicitly, a call was made to the party think tank to fabricate catchy slogans for different sections of voters to lure them to vote for the party.

In our country, a political party has only to project itself as the sole champion of common people's cause and we all fall in its trap. All other parties are going to follow the same path because none of them has an agenda, other than winning elections by merely befooling the ignorant voters. There will be party restructuring and rebuilding; nation building, as always, will come last.

The biggest and decisive vote bank of political parties comprises of those living in abject poverty. Obviously, they would not like it to erode in any way and would rather see it swelling year by year. Poverty in our India may thus be preserved for eternity.

HL SHARMA, Amritsar

Let’s meet in jail

Lust for money has not died down in offenders even after earlier such verdicts as in the Chautalas’ case (editorial ‘Chautala hits a wall’, January 17). Their only solace and comfort is the presence of their own fellow brethren in jails. They seem to welcome and greet them with the following Urdu couplet "Aao undaleeb mil ke kare aahozarian, tum pukaaro haye gul, hum pukaare haye dil" (o singing bird/nightingale, let us jointly weep and wail for our cherished things which we cannot find here). Lord Krishna sermonised to Arjun that defamation of a warrior or politician for all practical purposes is political death. Imprisonment of more than two years will debar the Chautalas from contesting elections. I pity the lot of 54 junior officers who in order to show their extreme loyalty to the minister obliged their seniors by appending their signatures on fake and forged documents.



Om Prakash Chautala has, at last, met his nemesis. So brazenly and unabashedly did he plunge himself and his ilk into the cesspool of corruption and graft that good governance would be put to shame. Equally reprehensible is the cowardly admission of one of the accused IAS officers who said he did what he was told to do without applying his mind in sifting wrong from the right.

The Chautalas used all the loopholes in the legal system to continue to stay in the legislature one way or the other. It is high time that people’s act of representation and the Constitution of India are visited again.

Maj BALDEV SINGH, Ambala Cantt

Unwritten rules

TV Rajeswar’s article Atrocities against women’ (January 18) though highlights much of women predicament and suggests measures to control or minimise the menace. Yet, the basic issues remain unaddressed.

Why women, who constitute half the population, are vulnerable to physical, mental and social torture and how over time immemorial, our society has sustained male domination over women?

No written law has ever been more binding on us than unwritten customs supported by popular opinion. Hence such opinions are required to be generated among masses by launching public sensitisation campaigns.

BR DHIMAN, Hamirpur (HP)

Lowering morale

The families of slain soldiers would have rather preferred to see India retaliate at the enemy sending a strong message. But our politicians feel that a small compensation and VIPs’ visits to their homes complete the formality.

Moreover, how will our inaction affect the morale of other soldiers? A soldier will happily give up his life for his motherland, at that moment he is not thinking about the Rs 20, 00,000 award or anything else. When a soldier witnesses that the government’s response is limited to a corporate styled diplomacy, what motivation will he have to deliver?

HARI SINGH, Florida (US)


Pakistan has repeatedly violated the Tashkent Agreement, the Simla Agreement, the Ceasefire Agreement and the Geneva Convention in one form or the other. Despite knowing that terrorism in J&K is sponsored by Pakistan, India has responded meekly to violations and provocative actions by Pakistan.

The communal colour given to violence and militancy in Kashmir impelled thousands of Hindus and Kashmiri Pandits to leave Kashmir. Political neglect might lead to escalation of hostilities. Diplomatic statements and dialogues have proved an exercise in futility. Now is the time, the government should give a befitting reply to Pakistan.

Dr H KUMAR KAUL, Barnala

Respect the common man

Only about 5 per cent of the people in India have become exceptionally rich in the last decade. The majority are bearing the vagaries of life like increasing price rise, unemployment, expensive health care, poor quality education, insensitive police and administration and all-pervasive corruption.

Agitations like the ones that followed the Delhi gang-rape will reoccur during 2013 for different reasons. The government must adopt a pro-active policy to redress the grievances of the common man and give him dignity. VIP culture must be renounced. The ruler and the ruled model must change. India must transform itself into a true democracy and not a sham democracy. The media must play a constructive and proactive role in this transformation.

Dr ARUN PURI, Faridkot



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