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Muzaffarnagar riots triggered by politicians

A Muslim youth was stabbed at Kawal on August 27 as he is alleged to have sexually harassed one Jat girl. His attackers, Hindu youths, were lynched by Muslim community members. A fake video of lynching went viral, followed by hate speeches by Sadahvi Prachi of the BJP, Qader Rana of the BSP, Sayeed ul Zama of the Congress and Rashid Siddiqui of the SP.

Looking at the above sequence of events any sane person can conclude that these incidents were pre-planned and politically motivated.

In this bloody game of death, the poor innocent people of both communities are just pawns. These corrupt, shameless politicians are making them fight in the name of religion.

I hope good sense will prevail and justice will be delivered to both the communities. The high court should take a suo motu notice and put these criminal politicians behind bars.


Will Modi deliver?

The editorial ‘BJP’s gamble: Will candidate Modi deliver?' (September 16) echoes the sentiments and ideas of countless thoughtful people of India. It is the privilege of the BJP leaders to declare Narendra Modi as their party’s prime ministerial candidate. Yet it is too early for them to start playing up their perceived sense of landslide victory in the forthcoming 2014 general election. Some TV channels have been following Modi's rallies and public meetings and doctoring public opinion about him meaningfully. I think this great media hype is not in good taste. Although nobody has any business to question the BJP leadership’s choice of its PM candidate, yet it is preposterous to presume that Modi’s march to Delhi is going to be a mere cakewalk.

The common people are disturbed by rising prices, poverty, unemployment and the ugly menace of terrorism. It would be absurd to infer from this gloomy situation that the masses are ready to accept Modi as their PM without any reservation.

India is much bigger than Gujarat and only social media cannot ensure the PM's office for Modi. It is too early to start celebrating his growth as a national leader. Let us wait gracefully for the 1200 million men and women to cast their vote. Modi may or may not be their choice.


Cut ad spend

It would be difficult to defend expenses incurred on state advertising even for a staunch loyalist on huge and colorful photos of past or present political personalities with a scanty text in small print. I don't think many people read them. The malady affects the Centre as well as state governments cutting across party lines. Since the print media is the obvious beneficiary, it chooses to remain reticent over complaints against this extravagance. No wonder, pointless government advertisements worth hundreds of thousands of rupees are doled out to elicit favourable reporting not much unlike paid news. In truly democratic countries like the USA, Canada and the UK spending on government advertisement is sanctioned and overseen by advertising committees. I suggest money spent on such avoidable commercials be saved and utilised on education and healthcare. Special committees should be formed for important advertisements.


LIC pensioners

LIC pensioners are getting a raw deal. For the last 15 years, many pensioners have been running from pillar to post to get increased pension as per the grade revision of the in-service staff. Pension once fixed is not revised during the lifetime of the pensioner, eg an Assistant who retired before 31.7.1992 gets a meager pension of Rs 1,430, a Development Officer Rs 1,940, an Administrative Officer Rs 2,260, and a Zonal Manager Rs 3,275 plus DA. The Board of Directors of LIC passed a resolution on 24.11.2011, recommending upgrade of pension and also to remove the anomaly in the matter of DA. The pre-August 1997 retirees are eligible for only 50 per cent neutralisation, whereas those who retired after this date get 100 per cent neutralisation. Courts have ordered the implementation of LIC's own board resolution dated 24.11.2011.

Most pensioners are in the age-group of 70 and 85. Many of them have died awaiting justice. With the rising cost of living and ever-increasing medical bills, their plight is miserable.

SP SOOD, Chandigarh

Punjab financially sound?

Apropos a report in The Tribune (September 10), Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has asserted that Punjab is financially sound. Yes, Punjab is financially sound only to purchase a helicopter for Rs 38 crore and a plane for Rs 68 crore for the CM and the Deputy CM, respectively. Soon the state government is going to purchase two bullet-proof BMW cars at a cost of Rs 7 crore.

The state has sufficient funds to have 20 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and appoint Chairmen even of non-productive boards. But one fails to understand when it comes to releasing the third instalment of arrears, due since November 2012 and the DA instalment, due since January 2013 to its employees, paying retirement benefits and GP funds, releasing grants to aided schools and colleges to pay salaries to teachers, disbursing funds to the needy under the Shagun Scheme and releasing funds for development, the SAD-BJP government starts claiming that the government has no money or funds. How sad!




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