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‘Khichdi’ verdict

The article “Small margins will decide big fight” by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, October 12) gave a true picture of the prevailing political scenario in Haryana. All parties like the Congress, INLD, BJP and splinter groups, are expressing confidence of winning the elections and beating the others with a comfortable margin. But it depends on the mood of the voter. The Congress has a chance to nurse its image that was lost in the recent general election and could escape humiliation by winning some 30 seats while the BJP can get almost 25-30 seats using “Modi wave”. It seems the rest will be shared by the INLD, the BSP and other splinter groups that will give a surprise to political pundits. On the whole, it will be a “khichdi” verdict and a hung Assembly, as foreseen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A compulsion “coalition” will emerge.

RK Kapoor, New Jersey


Politicians are taking the people for a ride by announcing sops like laptops, cycles, loan waivers and other attractive things to woo voters. But people are smart and aware these days when it comes to select their representatives. The choice, however, is limited as non-performers, suspected criminals, etc. are in the fray.

The election system in India needs a drastic makeover to ensure that the elected representatives are accountable and responsible for the promises they make to people. The candidates and parties must give the source from where they will provide the promised sops. Providing sops when states are reeling under huge debts will be devastating for future generations. Where will the money come for economic growth and infrastructure? Expenditure on big fat rallies and parties and usage of aircraft must be stopped. The fractured mandate, as expected, will further increase the chances of horse trading to form the new government in the state.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh Minhas (retd), Mohali

Learning to be kind

Apropos the article “Cutting class consciousness” (Spectrum, October 12), kindness does beget kindness. Today, concern for others is going out of focus in society. Parents’ attitude and consumerism are the potent factors responsible for this phenomenon. Parents have no time for children and teachers are unable to show empathy in and outside the classroom. An affectionate disposition is vital for children to imbibe this value. There should be special training sessions for parents and teachers to comprehend the importance of kindness and other values. Other opportunities in different co-scholastic activities can also be helpful. It has been established by research that the learning outcomes and work culture in schools would also get a face-lift with the help of values.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula

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