Criticism goes with the territory, the CAG must soldier on
Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s article CAG got your tongue? (Incidentally, January 15) reminded me of the famous song from Mother India: ‘Mere desh ki dharti sona ugle…’ There’s no dearth of riches in India and, therefore, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, Vinod Rai, must do his best to protect them. Let us hope that Rai won’t succumb to political pressure and continue unearthing scams that waste public money on dubious projects.
Subash Vaid, via email
In his insightful article, Gandhi states that Hemant Kumar sang the famous song from Jagriti: ‘Aao bachcho tumhen dikhayen jhanki Hindustan ki’. But it was Kavi Pradeep, who was also the lyricist, who sang it. Kumar composed the song. Never-theless, I must congratulate Gandhi on his refreshing article.
Rajendra Chopra, Faridabad
Nothing left for the Left
Pratik Kanjilal in Welcome to the monster’s ball (Speakeasy, January 15) is right in pointing out that the CPI(M)-led Bengal government will have a tough time in the coming assembly elections. The Trinamool’s Mamata Banerjee seems to be wasting no time in targeting the CPI(M) continuously. Her party’s stupendous victory in the municipal polls last year also points to the Left’s downfall in the state.
Sahir Ansari, Mumbai
By calling Bengalis cultural supremacists who disparage Biharis as ignorant rustics, Kanjilal is either ignorant about Bengali culture or intentionally badmouthing his own community to prove his nationalist credentials. Inspired by their Bihari brethren, Bengalis take pride in speaking Hindi, observing Chhath puja and marrying into the Bihari community. Also, Biharis make up the majority of the population in urban Bengal. With such opinions doing the rounds, it won’t be surprising if Bihar-style incidents of violence are reported during the Bengal elections.
Susmita Chatterjee, Kolkata
Muddling on without a gameplan
Ashok Malik in Losing sight of reality (January 19) makes an important point that the UPA is suffering from hubris. The victory in the 2009 polls has gone to the Congress’ senior ministers’ heads. Not only is the Congress single-handedly responsible for last year’s scams, but inaction against the guilty is also tarnishing the coalition’s reputation. The recent Cabinet reshuffle, which was an opportunity for the UPA to get its act together, was disappointing. Young ministers can’t do anything about the rot that has set in the system. The Congress needs to do some soul-searching, and very quickly at that.
Karan Thakur, via email
Wave the flag for Kashmir
It was shocking to read Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdu-llah questioning the reasons behind the proposed flag-hoisting ceremony in Srinagar on January 26 (Omar questions flag hoisting motive, January 17). Is he trying to imply that Kashmir is not a part of India and, so, hoisting the tricolour will be inappropriate? He should realise that gestures like flag hoisting go a long way towards reassuring people and winning their confidence. It will make Kashmiris see Abdullah as a leader who cares about the state’s future and the nation’s integrity. Such a step will also send a strong message to the separatists of the Valley.
Balram Misra, Lucknow
Shape up or ship out
Manmohan Singh’s Cabinet reshuffling was a damp squib. Hierarchical changes alone will not serve any purpose for the government. Ministers need to be made accountable to the people and they must be sacked if they fail to deliver.
Dulari Prakash Sharma, Ghaziabad