Politics of expediency
The climb-down by the Congress over the Indo-US nuclear deal has proved that the only guiding principle in the minds of the partymen is to stick to the power at all cost. The party develops a knee-jerk reaction at the slightest hint of a loss of power. During the last three-and-a-half years of its rule, the Congress was forced to bend over backwards by the Leftists over important issues like divestment in government companies, the petrol price hike, pension fund, FDI in retail sector, etc. Now the 123 deal is all set to be put in cold storage.
The solution to our energy problems lies in exploiting hydroelectric and solar power to the full extent. Solar energy can meet our domestic requirements to a great degree. Alternative sources of energy are wind power, thermal energy, geothermal energy and tidal wave energy. In the area of energy, self-reliance is the best policy. Dependence on the nuclear suppliers' group is undesirable.
Apropos of the report More than half Blueline buses disappear (October 15), the large number of people that the reporter witnessed at bus stops were mainly DTC pass-holders waiting for long hours. If the DTC management is really true to its work, it would have taken the opportunity to increase the fleet and impress upon the public that it cares for people.
One has to see the Blueline mess as disregard for traffic rules and driving ethics on Delhi roads. Apart from being part of Delhi's culture, the situation has been aggravated by inefficient traffic policing. You find people violating traffic rules all the time under the noses of the police. Such violation is a recipe for disaster. Taking strict action against the violators can solve the problem.
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