A government not of the people
The Delhi Assembly polls are a week away and the run of allegations and counter-allegations between the contesting parties have begun. No party however seems to be interested in the welfare of the public. Even the Consumer Protection Act does not seem to have any provision to question the price rise of essential commodities. The government keeps claiming that the number of people below poverty line is decreasing while more and more people find it difficult to cope up with soaring prices. And in the meantime, elections come and go, as always.
Anika Sikka, via email
Look who’s talking
Sitaram Yechury’s allegation in his article On a losing ticket (Left hand drive, November 20) that the Sangh parivar is defending Hindu terrorists for electoral interests is not only amusing but also a classic case of ‘the pot calling the kettle black’. Can any civilised person forget November 21, 2007, when fundamentalists took over the streets of Kolkata and forced Taslima Nasreen into hiding? Far from bringing the rioters to book, the Bengal government gave in and expelled the author from the state, in violation of every secular and democratic norm. Even after the lapse of a year, the Left is working overtime to prevent Taslima from returning to Kolkata, lest the party loses Muslim votes. Unless the likes of Yechury stop the appeasement of communalists, they have no moral right to lambast the Sangh parivar.
Sushmita Chatterjee, Kolkata
Hopes for our democracy
Apropos of the report Why Kashmir chose to vote (November 19), contrary to all expectations, a high voter turnout in the Assembly elections in J&K was an illustration of democracy in action. Despite the unsettling calls for azadi a few months ago, by coming out to vote in large numbers, Kashmiris have recognised the power of the ballot over bullet and have sought to disassociate themselves from violence and ignored the cries of freedom by a handful of separatists. By defying the boycott call, Kashmiris have reaffirmed their loyalty to the Indian State and have sent out a message that for them good governance is more important than religion or a separate state.
Chintan Puri, Faridabad
Not carved in stone
With reference to the editorial Modi’s raze daze (The Pundit, November 21), the Gujarat Chief Minister deserves praise for his ongoing campaign to demolish illegal temples in Gandhinagar. One wishes that the authorities in other Indian metros, particularly Delhi, follow Modi’s example and come down heavily on the increasing number of unauthorised temples and dargahs that come up at the drop of a hat and which in many cases are an alibi to grab valuable public land for free.
Jyoti Rani, Delhi
Narendra Modi seems to be damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. However, any politician who has the guts to raze illegal structures against heavy odds, even at the cost of losing his vote-bank, deserves praise.
Tarlok Singh, via email
FM needs to tune in
Apropos of the report FM proposes India Inc disposes (November 19), the analysis beside the report clearly revealed that there is no scope for price reductions given the year-on-year comparisons. Did the Finance Minister do his homework? Also, let us first see what he does about excise duties, tax cuts and oil price reductions.
Pawan Shrama, Delhi