Morality’s hit rock bottom
With reference to the report PM wins, but Parliament plumbs new depths (July 23), India, showcased as the world’s largest democracy, reached another low in its political history on July 22. The bribery drama that unfolded on the floor of the House was shocking, to say the least. The game of allegations and counter-allegation has reached an obnoxious low and has disgraced the face of Indian democracy for a long time to come. It is shame for us to have such charlatans as our representatives in Parliament.
Tituraj Kashyap Das, Delhi
The display of currency notes in the Lok Sabha does not bring to light anything new. The offer and acceptance of bribes to change party loyalties at crucial times has become so common that it has ceased to be even a talking point. The present Lok Sabha will complete its tenure in about 10 months, so the Left need not have withdrawn the support and the confidence motion need not have been moved. The fight to save the government and the Opposition’s efforts to topple it has only triggered off a situation where bribery became a raison d'être. The trust motion actually ended up being a good bargaining prospect for greedy MPs.
KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan
The state of affairs prevailing in the largest democracy is dismal. The government of India has won, but Parliament has lost. Sadly, the bribery allegation that came to fore during the debate is not an unprecedented case. It’s just the latest. The sordid proceedings on July 22 is sheer treachery towards the electorate. The manner in which things unfolded in public must serve as a wake-up call to the people. The writing on the wall cannot be clearer than it is.
Gulam Jeelani, Aligarh
National interest of no interest
Prem Shankar Jha in A very Big deal (July 22) has rightly brought out the relevant areas where India stood to lose if the government had lost the trust vote. Is there any other country where the political establishment tries to sabotage the progress of its own nation? Some of the elected representatives are using this opportunity to rake in money and others are preparing to get back to power in the coming elections. The national interest seems to have vanished altogether.
Ankit Avasthi, Delhi
Play by the rules
GVG Krishnamurty in Trust in values, not personalities (July 22) has given a suitable example of a couple to highlight the need for the rule of law. The rule of law is a foundation for both our liberties and for order. Parliament should adhere to the provisions involved in the law for the same reason.
Kusha Anand, Delhi
The people who don’t count
Neelesh Misra in his report She stayed alive to tell her story (July 20) objectively highlighted the various aspects of terrorism in the Valley. Several thousand Kashmiri Pundits are still facing the brunt of a forced exodus since 1989 and are refugees in their own country. Misra has referred to the negative attitude of the Army. What about the terrorists who roam free in the Valley? Why doesn’t the media highlight the hypocrisy of the Jammu & Kashmir government’s ways of dealing with various outfits and situations?
Aditya Raj Kaul, Delhi