Putting the House back in order is the need of the year
I agree with Saroj Nagi’s views as expressed in the article Tragi-Committee (Big Picture, January 5) that it is the Congress-led UPA government’s responsibility to ensure the smooth functioning of Parliament. Instead, it seems to be busy squabbling with the Opposition. The bickering over the nature of probe into the 2G spectrum scam consumed a major part of the recently-concluded winter session of Parliament. As a result, important bills could not be debated upon. This resulted in a huge national loss. The BJP, as a responsible Opposition, should have adopted a democratic way of protesting against the government’s reluctance on a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
Sahir Ansari, Mumbai
Be the change we want to see
Gopalkrishna Gandhi’ impressive article Small, best wishes (Incidentally, January 1) focuses on important national issues, which demand every right-minded Indian’s attention. Though they may appear insignificant to many, addressing these issues would help India grow by leaps and bounds. It’s a fact that the majority of people don’t care about the problems that the writer mentions. The common man can contribute to national development by curbing carbon emissions, discouraging child labour and avoiding the use of plastic. This New Year’s, let’s make a resolution to be the change that we want to see in the world.
Rakesh Sherawat, via email II
Gandhi’s suggestions, if properly followed, can improve our country’s image. It’s a pity that even educated people can be found spitting on walls or urinating in public. Small steps like using public transport, keeping the hills clean and discouraging cruelty towards animals, as suggested by the writer, will definitely help India become a better place to live in.
Ranbir Singh Jakher, Meerut
Pakistan is in a perilous place
With reference to the editorial At the edge of an abyss (Our Take, January 6), the recent killing of Salman Taseer, a Pakistan governor, by his own security guard highlights the threat that the blasphemy law poses to Pakistani society. The incident proves that fundamentalists are ruling Pakistan with an iron rod and law and order is virtually absent. The absence of a strong political leadership and the presence of an almighty army have made life tough for the common man in Pakistan. The nation is in the grip of intra-Islamic conflicts, which threaten peace and order in the subcontinent
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
A whole new ball game
With reference to the article Oh yes, we Khan (The Pundit, January 6), sportsmen in India have been trying to realise their Bollywood dream for decades. Few like cricketers Salim Durrani, Sunil Gavaskar and Vinod Kambli and wrestler Dara Singh managed to get their share of stardom in the past. It’s kosher for sports icons to be inclined towards acting. But they shouldn’t let their desire come in the way of their core competence.
PK Srivastava, via email
A very telling silence
It is unfortunate that former Chief Justice of India (CJI) KG Balakrishnan remained a mute spectator to his sons-in-law and other relatives’ crime of amassing wealth by illegal means during his tenure (More trouble for former CJI, January 5). His silence has stained the reputation of the apex court and the office of the CJI. Balakrishnan should own up to his mistake. He should also be asked to give up the post of the chairman of National Human Rights Commission.
K Gopakumar Menon, Pune