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Let’s put blackmail behind us

Apropos of the editorial All allies should come to the aid of the party (May 23), it is surprising to see how the PM is acting modest even when the DMK is blackmailing the government for selfish reasons.

india Updated: May 25, 2009 22:48 IST

Let’s put blackmail behind us
Apropos of the editorial All allies should come to the aid of the party (May 23), it is surprising to see how the PM is acting modest even when the DMK is blackmailing the government for selfish reasons. It is Manmohan Singh’s duty to exclude tainted ministers from his Cabinet. He should stand by his decision. By showing leniency, he will invite more trouble for the government in future. If the DMK’s demands are met, soon other political parties will raise their voices and blackmail the government.
PP TALWAR , via email

It’s all up to the voter
I beg to differ with Kumkum Chadha’s views as stated in the article Keep the rogues out (May 21). Why should we depend on the government to keep away the rogues? As voters, it is our duty to keep tainted politicians out of Parliament. The result of this election has shown that Indian voters have matured. Most of the corrupt leaders have already been shown the out door by voters, and others, hopefully, have read the writing on the wall. So, come the next general elections, we hope to see a different side of our politicos. These rogues will be marginalised by the system itself. We shouldn’t expect the government to perform the voters’ duties.
Arvind Kumar, Noida

Now the turn of the victor
The tyranny of the LTTE has finally come to an end. The man who ordered the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi has been brought to justice by the Sri Lankan army. The bloody end of the LTTE should serve as a warning to other extremist groups across the world. It should also encourage governments to take firm actions against those who promote unrest in their nations. The efforts of President Mahinda Rajapaksa deserve appreciation. At a time when all the countries are clear about on eliminating terrorism, this success will go a long way.
Sohail Khan, Bhopal

II
The ethnic strife in Sri Lanka has been ended with Prabhakaran’s death. There are, however, no clear winners in this war. Thousands of locals have been at the receiving end of the fight between the Sri Lankan army and the LTTE. President Rajapaksa’s assurance of ensuring a better future to the Tamils now becomes important. His promise of rehabilitating displaced locals and looking after their welfare can be termed as the real victory. We hope that post-LTTE, peace prevails among all communities in Sri Lanka.
HN Ramakrishna, Bangalore

She’s right, he’s right
Apropos of the editorial Look the other way (The Pundit, May 21), the apex court’s stand on the case and the advise to the husband to listen to his wife is welcome. Marriage, like any other relationship, is based on trust and works well when the couple acts in coherence. Though the observation was made in a jovial manner, with the judges acknowledging that they speak from personal experience, it has a deeper meaning. The reverse, too, holds true. If the husband listens to his wife, the wife should reciprocate in the same manner. Only then will any marriage be successful.
Rajesh Piplani, via email

India needs Hindutva
It’s true that the BJP has lost this election. But it’s wrong to shun its ideology of Hindutva. A developing nation like India needs development in all sectors. This includes preservation and promotion of Hindu culture. Secularism has slowly, but surely, divided our society. The number of nuclear families has gone up under the Congress’ rule. The divorce rate has also increased. These concepts were alien to the Hindu culture until Congress came to power in the ‘90. Also, while Hindutva brings together different cultures and communities under one broad group, secularism fuels tension among various communal groups.
Amit Agarwal, Delhi