Expose charlatans with ‘powers’
This is with reference to Aarefa Johari’s The battle over blind faith (The Big Story, September 1). The article rightly enumerates the ills prevailing in society. It is due to a lack of awareness and an awakening among people in society that such ills prevail. There is also the absence of a scientific temperament which checks such practices. The ordinance against black magic and evil practices in itself is not enough. The need of the hour is to make the people aware of such frauds who claim to have supernatural powers. There is also a need for the government to come out with greater social awareness programmes that focus on scientific knowledge, logic and rational thinking. Such awareness is not against any faith but could prevent the abuse of any religion or faith.
Subhash, via email
We have to pull together
With regard to No diversions please (Chanakya, September 1), in India, we do not see the national zeal that is witnessed in other countries. Instead, we are pulled in different directions and it is these differences that help ‘godmen’ like Asaram Bapu flourish. This lack of cohesion is also reflected in the way we choose our leaders, with many having criminal cases against them. For the nation to progress it is time we kept aside our differences, looked beyond the narrow confines of caste, creed, etc and worked towards the prosperity of this country.
BM Singh, Amritsar
The VHP yatra was a complete failure. As rightly mentioned, the need of the hour is to address the plummeting value of the rupee. This has led to the skyrocketing of the prices of all essential commodities. It would not be wrong to say that the Ram mandir issue does not have the resonance it had two decades ago. It is rightly observed that we need to work for a strong economy and not a mandir or masjid.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Some truth in the PM’s words
Karan Thapar in Command, not cajole (Sunday Sentiments, September 1) has raised the vital issue of indiscipline among Members of Parliament, which has rendered Parliament almost dysfunctional. It is a grave situation for parliamentary democracy on which governance depends. There is some truth in the PM’s lament that the Opposition was not allowing Parliament to function and was also responsible for the chaotic situation in the country. However, the PM has failed hopelessly as an economist and as a top administrator of the country.
Shanti Bhushan, Ghaziabad
Our MPs behave irresponsibly even when they know the public is watching them on television. In the absence of any harsh punitive action by the Speaker, the MPs run amok and create pandemonium even over trivial issues. The Speaker must act without any bias and uphold the sanctity of the House. It’s a shame that more time is lost in walkouts than in conducting business on the floor. The Speaker must expel the MPs who disrupt the proceedings of the House and confiscate their salaries.
Ashok Goswami, Mumbai
A failure on all fronts
This refers to Manas Chakravarty’s Speaks and troughs (Loose Canon, September 1). The UPA government has done nothing major except hanging on to power for two consecutive terms. The Manmohan Singh government has failed on all major fronts, especially on the economy and the generation of employment.
P Senthil Saravana Durai, Mumbai