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An anything-goes democracy

india Updated: Jul 07, 2008 20:24 IST

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Ironically The survival or fall of the government will be decided by Prakash Karat, Amar Singh and Manmohan Singh, none whom have won any major election in the happening democracy that we claim India to be. An open horse-trading deal between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party has neither been noted by the President nor been objected to by the Election Commission. Strange are the ways of our politics.


- Rajinder Katoch, Delhi

No big deal about the deal
Instead of making the Indo-US civil nuclear deal a communal issue, political parties should unite to educate the
common man about the practical realities of the nuclear deal. They should speak of how the deal will not affect
any community or religion. Instead of mindless, hair-splitting sensationalisation of crime and murder that the media seems obsessed with, they should analyse the issue of the nuclear deal in simple terms. There has already been lots of discussion but clearly there is room for more.
- Sami Rafiq, Aligarh

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The so-called representatives of the Muslim community, who are opposing the nuclear deal, must think twice before going public about their disapproval. They are sending out the wrong message by trying to portray the community’s interest above that of the nation. Some of them do this for cheap publicity.
- Suhail Ayyub Zinjani, Lucknow

Debate the rights of passage
Preeti Singh Saksena in Death on demand (July 4) has rightly sought a debate on the ambiguity surrounding euthanasia. In our country, where laws are easily broken, euthanasia is still not legitimate. But do we need it? Can’t we take care of people who need help? The survival instinct and breakdown threshold of each person is different, so euthanasia could open the gates for other set of problems and crimes.
- Ansh Gupta, via email

What you see’s not what you get
Suhel Seth in Indian politics: Don’t try to match the colours (July 4) is justified in calling India the land of the ultimate paradox. Every political party is looking after its own interest, while the nation is struggling with critical issues like inflation, protests in the Valley, chaotic realignments in politics etc. Where exactly are we heading to?
- Alok Jain, via email