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Prez speech partisan

This is in reference to the article by Kuldip Nayar President needs to observe decorum (February 5). In our view, Nayar has been circumspect in his observations. He should have taken the politically controversial statements head on and criticised them in a forthright manner.

We are of the opinion that this was the speech of a politically partisan President. The Congress has taken him out of politics but he has not been able to take politics out of him despite his elevation to this exalted chair! Such remarks are uncalled for and amount to using a neutral office to influence the voter.

By alluding to the whims of small groups, he has opposed the idea of a third front. He seems to have a complete disregard for the regional and cultural diversity of India. Exhorting people to prevent a fractured mandate is a direct attack on the plurality of India. The citizens must ponder over such blatant misuse of the President's office.

His statements on anarchy are a direct lift from the anti-AAP statements of the two major parties and will be taken as Presidential endorsement of that point of view. It is now apparent that people wish to change the rules of the game of politics so that their voice can be heard. The President should remember that the country very well knows the definition of ‘anarchy’. Anarchy happened in 1984 (Delhi) and 2002 (Gujarat) when the AAP was not even formed. Modern India is facing international and domestic terrorism, economic depression, price inflation and loss of morality in most of its politicians. The rule of law stands subverted and moral values have been seriously eroded.

The civil rights of women and children suffer blatant violations. The weak, the elderly and those living alone are robbed and killed everyday. This is one type of anarchy which we seem to have taken in our stride. But the country needs to reappraise the process of its governance.

Instead of indulging in politics, the President should guide the nation on how to meet the real challenges India faces.

Dr Kailash Chand, OBE, Dr Navdeep Singh Khaira, Ludhiana

Not mere figurehead

The observation that President Pranab Mukherjee usually comments on political matters and does not maintain the decorum of his august office is partial. As Head of the State, he can exert his power of persuasion and help nudge the country in a healthy political direction. Instead of dismissing him as a mere figurehead, the Prime Minister should respect his valued suggestions and try to improve the chaotic political system. Otherwise, there is no fun in splurging so much money on the office of the President as an institution.

D S Kang, Bahadurpur

Prez titular head

It is strange that such a seasoned author like Kuldip Nayar is ignorant of the working of the democratic system of our country. The President is a titular head. Officially, he has no views of his own and has to toe the line of the government of the day. The address to the nation on Republic Day and Independence Day read by the President is cleared by the Cabinet and he himself is not in a position to substitute his own version with it. So, to say that the President has not observed decorum is unnecessary and he should not be criticised for what he said in his address.

Kuldip Arora, Panchkula

Follow Kalam

President Pranab Mukherjee ought to be concerned about national issues rather than a mere local event concerning AAP. He should take a cue from Abdul Kalam on how to use public addresses to motivate India. But I am afraid, he must be missing his political bash, where he was the saviour for the Congress.

Gagan Sidhu, via email

Pranab should guide

It would have been better if the President had highlighted the good work done by social activists rather than belittling some forces to benefit those who have led the country to the “present day anarchy.” I can sense panic among the political class. Instead of indulging in politics, the President should guide the nation on how to meet the real challenges India faces.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

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