3G windfall rings in joy for the government
This has reference to the report 3G auction rings in Rs 32,719 cr windfall (May 20). The 3G collections can mean a windfall for the government, but for the consumers it can only spell misery. The service providers will certainly raise their service charges and pass it on to the hapless consumers as indirect tax. If we add this to the likely price hikes of CNG, PNG, water, power and public transport, there’s very little that the common man gains from the whole 3G business. So much for UPA-II’s first anniversary report card.
D.R. Gulati, via email
No consensus on the census
In her article In reverse gear (Third Eye, May 15), Barkha Dutt rightly pointed out that the inclusion of caste in the census will only weaken the country’s unity. Our Constitution condemns discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, religion and sex. Hence it is unconstitutional to execute a census based on caste alone.
S.N. Shukla, Lucknow
Nothing to hang her words on
The report Hang Afzal, says Sheila, with rider (May 19) came quite late in the day. After delaying the sentence for three years the Delhi chief minister gave the go-ahead for the death sentence of the Parliament-attack accused, but only after adding that the government must be prepared for all ensuing law and order problems. In contrast, what Syed Ahmad Bukhari, the Shahi Imam, Jama Masjid said was interesting as he made it clear that Afzal’s hanging may create a problem in Pakistan but Indian Muslims don’t support terrorism. The crux of the matter is that hanging Afzal has nothing to do with communal problems. Sheila Dikshit should reflect before she makes such careless statements.
B.K. Kumra, via email
Buck up, stop passing the buck
This has reference to the report States must fight Naxals, we can only help: PC (May 19). It is ridiculous to see the home minister pass the buck to the states on tackling the Naxal problem, even as the Centre seems to be failing to bring the situation under control. It goes without saying that law and order is the responsibility of state governments, but issues like riots, insurgencies, anti-dacoit operations, Naxal violence and terrorism are issues that the Centre has to deal with. The Naxal issue cannot be sorted unless the states and the Centre cooperate. The central government must take a closer, more incisive look at the crisis that is turning out to be the biggest threat to the country’s internal security.
H.K. Chanana, Delhi
The Maoists have yet again succeeded in their mission to weaken the Indian State and the government, instead of taking measures to attend to the crisis, has started with the blame game. Merely formulating policies and offering to hold a dialogue will not help. What the Centre must do now is to take action or implement those policies that it keeps talking about. As the Centre blames the states for failing to contain the Maoists, innocent people continue to lose their lives. The government must act more responsibly.
Rishabh Sharma, Delhi
Not at home at all
With reference to Ramachandra Guha’s article Lost on home ground (History Matters, May 17), it is alarming to see how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh keeps himself busy with his foreign trips rather than communicating with people at home. Our prime minister is hardly ever seen addressing the general public except when elections are round the corner. He has not been elected merely to attend global events. If the prime minister is unable to look into the nation’s affairs, then he does not deserve the power invested in him.