With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article UP: Prisoner of politics (February 24), discipline, ethics, moral values, character, all are just words that have no value for today’s politicians. The things which are bad become acceptable when benches are changed. It’s immaterial whether elections are held under a caretaker government or President’s Rule. Cash, crime and caste are the deciding factors not only in UP, but in the entire country.
Barkha Dutt narrates how opportunistic our political parties are, but the real epidemic is petty regional parties. They raise small regional issues for a particular caste or language. National parties like the BJP and the Congress fail to honour such divisive ideas as they are bound to look ‘nationally’. By playing with regional issues, the state-level parties enter the corridors of power and keep governments alive at their mercy. To avoid this and establish stable and responsible governments, people must reject regionalism and vote only for national parties.
Immediate dismissal of the Mulayam Singh government should have been the only outcome of the Supreme Court order disqualifying 13 BSP legislators who switched sides to vote for the SP government. But neither the BJP nor the Congress leaders demanded such an action. Speaker Keshri Nath Tripathi acted unconstitutionally by saying that he was studying the situation, instead of taking immediate action on this defection as per the anti-defection law.
The Congress, fully aware of the immorality, lent its support to this manipulated dispensation and is now harping upon ‘morality’.
There is no political ethics and morality. Real estate builders are grabbing land in UP by illegal means. All industrial houses fund the political parties. The PM’s appeal to states to conduct raids on hoarders to check inflation will be ineffective under this scenario.
Behind the veil
Khushwant Singh in his write-up A room and a thought to spare (February 17), supports Taslima Nasreen’s call to Muslim women to burn their burqa. But who has given her authority to issue such a provocative call? Nobody has any right to dictate his/her own terms to the followers of any particular religion. We live in a democratic society and believe people are free to wear what they like. Women in Islam are not treated as second-class citizens, they are held in high esteem.
Syed Rahat Hasan
Any increase in India’s defence budget is useless unless and until all the rail and road services between India and Pakistan are closed and Tada and Pota are implemented against the terrorists.
Art of fiscal balancing
The Finance Minister has failed to provide an economic development budget. The art of raising revenue without pinching the taxpayers and fulfilling the government’s objective to fill treasury for country’s economic development can be learned from Railway Minister Lalu Yadav.
Ghost of Bofors
It is amazing how the Bofors ghost regularly surfaces every time a major election is held in India. Twenty years have passed without a shred of proof materialising. There are international forces that do not want to see the Congress at the helm in India.
The inner voice
Rajdeep Sardesai in Halo, goodbye, (March 2), said that it was expected that incumbency and rising inflation might cost the Congress in the recent assembly elections. The Congress seems to have lost focus on the aam aadmi, taking the Indian public for granted. Time for Sonia Gandhi to rediscover her inner voice
A zero-sum game
It is heartening that the Supreme Court has ordered a CBI inquiry into the alleged amassing of unaccounted wealth by UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh and members of his family. Our political executive loses no time in protecting the wrong-doer if he happens to be a part of it. They know where their interest lies and manage to navigate to safety.
Politicians in India have opulent lifestyles, but they do nothing to improve the lot of the people who vote them to power. Cities are filthy and crowded, law and order non-existent, crime rampant and power supply erratic.
The good life
The proposal of reverse mortgage for senior citizens is a blessing for old people (Live the good life, after 60, March 1). In modern families, old people get stranded in big houses with not enough income for a livelihood. They live in alienation and when they die, their children, who had neglected them, inherit their hard-earned property. Getting a regular income on the house will enable them to live a good life.