The report Koda plays victim on home turf (November 19) reminds me of the fodder scam case involving former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad. Even though Prasad was involved in the case and eventually lost power, he still managed to rule Bihar through his wife who became chief minister.
Now the same thing can happen in Jharkhand if Madhu Koda’s wife wins the forthcoming elections. Koda has already visited his home turf to lay the ground for his wife’s political career.
It is time the central government took steps to ensure that history is not repeated. Jharkhand cannot afford to have Koda at the helm once again, directly or indirectly.
N. Kavita, Jharkhand
Sharma’s parole unjustified
Barkha Dutt’s article on Manu Sharma’s parole controversy, Sceptics, once again (Third Eye, November 14), shows Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a bad light. It also shows how politicians misuse their position and power. The justification for Sharma’s parole, as given by senior officials, is wrong. Also, the government should not allow pubs and discotheques to stay open after a certain time at night to avoid such incidents.
B.N. Sharma, Delhi
The Centre must be proactive
It is unfortunate that sugarcane farmers of Uttar Pradesh had to resort to violent demonstrations to draw attention to their plight (Bitter harvest, November 20). But what happened to the government machinery? How could it let the farmers clog the roads, unleash chaos and vandalise public property? Having said that, one must add that the government’s handling of the situation also reflects its short-sighted policies and its inability to foresee a crisis. Why didn’t it look into the grievances of the farmers earlier? It appears the government takes decisions only when people resort to violence. No wonder protestors always resort to such theatrics.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email
Keep China out
By assigning a monitoring role to China in Indo-Pak relations, US President Barack Obama has undermined India’s capability in resolving its problems (Dance with the dragon, Our Take, November 19). The US is aware of the fact that China has provoked India time and again by asserting its claim on Arunachal Pradesh and by supporting insurgents in India. Beijing has also set up industries in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and maintains cordial relations with Islamabad. If the US doesn’t want the Indo-Pak issue to get more complicated, it should take out China from the Indo-Pak equation.
Mathew Oommen, Pune
Transparency is key
Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Connection errors (November 18) has rightly pointed out the government’s lack of seriousness while investigating the manner in which the Department of Telecom and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India award telecom licences. If is the process is kept opaque, stakeholders are bound to feel cheated. It erodes people’s confidence in the system.
Piyush Sharma, Bhopal
Samar Halarnkar’s article Kindly do not adjust (Maha Bharat, November 19) was an eye-opener. The article has inspired me to start an awareness campaign on hunger. The media should also take up the issue of poverty and hunger seriously and make people realise that the problem is big and demands urgent attention.
Varun Mahajan, via email