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By dragging its feet, the UPA has lost the trust of the people

A Raja, Ashok Chavan and Suresh Kalmadi is in line with Rahul Gandhi’s zero-tolerance approach towards corruption.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2010 23:16 IST

By dragging its feet, the UPA has lost the trust of the people

WIth reference to the report SC questions PM silence (November 18), the reluctance shown by the prime minister and the Congress chief in taking timely and appropriate action against corrupt officials in the government defies logic. The UPA doesn’t realise that while it may have appeased its political allies, it’s made people lose trust in the Centre’s policies. The Congress’s chances of returning to power in the next elections are dim.

H. D. Sharma , via email

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The Congress’s decision to expel

A Raja, Ashok Chavan and Suresh Kalmadi is in line with Rahul Gandhi’s zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. Time and again, Gandhi has asserted that there is no room for corruption in his party and regardless of their seniority or political clout, the guilty will be punished. It’s clear that the Congress under Rahul’s leadership will weed out corruption from India and work for the welfare of all sections of society.

Prasadkeshav, via email

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Telecom minister A Raja was forced to resign because he is a Dalit. It’s doubtful if a non-Dalit telecom minister in Raja’s place would have been asked to step down before a court pronounced him guilty. The incident has exposed the Congress’s bias against Dalits. There are other non-Dalit ministers who are more corrupt than Raja. But nobody, including the media, speaks or writes against them.

G. David Milton, Maruthancode

The BJP’s in a tight spot

This refers to the report RSS regrets, Congress takes to streets (November 14). Former RSS chief KS Sudarshan’s comments on Sonia Gandhi have put the BJP in a fix. On the one hand, the BJP is distancing itself from Sudarshan, but, on the other, it is trying to defend the Sangh parivar and threatening to retaliate if Congress workers continue protesting against the RSS. The biggest mystery, however, is why the BJP has not yet condemned Sudarshan’s remarks more forcefully?

S.N. Verma, via email

Driving home a green idea

Kudos to environment minister Jairam Ramesh for taking a bold stand against sports utility vehicles (SUVs) (Ramesh remark earns green pat, November 14). It is about time someone exposed the nexus between petroleum companies and the automobile industry, which is responsible for an increase in diesel prices and the degradation of the environment. In 1980, Malaysia increased the road tax on diesel-operated passenger cars by 500%. India should also take such measures to ensure that those who drive SUVs pay for the damage they cause.

Vinode K Mohindra , via email

Don’t read too much into it

With reference to Sagarika Ghose’s article ‘Little people’ matter (Bloody Mary, November 10), one shouldn’t forget that the real purpose of US President Barack Obama’s India visit was to secure jobs for Americans and sign business deals with Indian companies to boost the American economy. His addressing the Parliament and the youth, visiting historical monuments and cultural centres, and quoting great Indian thinkers in his speeches were part of his strategy to win Indians over.

Mahinder Kumar Kathuria, via email

Fake it or leave it

The recent wedding of Sara Khan and Ali Merchant on the reality show Bigg Boss demeaned the institution of marriage. Unfortunately, today’s youth doesn’t care about emotions and commitment. For them, matrimony is all about convenience.

Raminder Singh, via email