In the report Sealing begins, few protest, talk of rehab (November 9), the talk of a rehabilitation package for Delhi traders is another attempt at looting. Traders affected by sealing are not victims of internal strife, natural calamities or external wars. The courts have already declared that such people are not entitled to any relief or preferential treatment as is the case of illegal land occupancy by jhuggi-dwellers. How can taxpayers’ money be swindled for the welfare of politicians and their cronies?
In our country, things don’t move until the Supreme Court intervenes. People are not against sealing and do want a clean and better Delhi. All these years, residents willingly allowed illegal occupancy and construction. The purpose of sealing is not to ruin traders and their families. Thus, a solution for their livelihood must also be worked out.
Apropos of Abhishek Singhvi’s Error of judgment (November 8), it is a pity that even after almost six decades of reservations, an assessment of the degree of SC/ST backwardness is not seen to be justified. If this stems from a recognition that reservations haven’t helped, isn’t it all the more reason for quotas to be discontinued?
With reference to The future is now (November 9), there is need to utilise funds for the development of the country’s youth. Investment in education and health services is only the first step.
Is there peace ahead?
The result of the US elections is a blessing in disguise. President George Bush has destroyed millions of lives. Hopefully, there will be an emergence of peace and harmony and re-establishment of co-existence and equity.
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