Mayawati does not deserve the praise heaped on her by Rajdeep Sardesai in Lady in waiting (April 27). She is no saint. Her rise to power is yet another indication of how rotten our political system has become. I don’t agree that she has triggered a gradual melting down of the caste system because she is quite adept at playing caste politics.
Discipline the House
Apropos of the report Judiciary must not cross the line, says Somnath (April 27), it is better for the Speaker to put the House in order than to take potshots at the judiciary. Let him inculcate discipline among the legislators. The judiciary has to intervene in government affairs if it acts against the Constitution. This is the duty of the judiciary and cannot be construed as judicial absolutism. The Speaker should measure his words to maintain the dignity of the House.
The report Multi-crore dud missile called Akash (April 26) hides more than it reveals. It would appear that the serious doubts raised by Air Force officers have been brushed aside. The DRDO’s claim that all doubts have been cleared must be investigated by an expert committee. It is possible that the trial report is an attempt to find an excuse to purchase similar missiles from other countries. We need to have an audit trail for such major projects to check failures and fix responsibility for not meeting the targets.
Nothing to cheer about
With reference to the report Trillion cheers for booming India (April 27), it is not difficult to guess who are among the Indian dollar-holders. But this means nothing to the common man. The UPA government has concerned itself with non-issues like OBC reservations. But what has it done to rein in rising prices? A trillion dollar economy should translate into benefits for each and every Indian.
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