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The Indian voter has evolved

india Updated: May 17, 2009 23:15 IST
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The outcome of the 15th Lok Sabha elections has left everyone, including the political parties, surprised. The voters have expressed their desire to see a stable government at the Centre. Everybody wants a government that’s free from selfish allies who blackmail the coalition for personal gains. It not only affects national progress but also makes the coalition unstable. People have made it clear to the politicians that they can no longer fool the public or take voters for granted. We want good governance and national security. The debates around religion, caste, temples and false promises no longer influence our decision.

SK Shah, Delhi

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Politicians and political parties should stop assuming that people can be easily manipulated into voting for them. The voters of 2009 have changed. They believe in action and detest false promises. They are tired of the politics that divides communities on the basis of religion and caste. The unexpected results in Rajasthan, Delhi, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh bear testimony to this. Even the overall outcome of the general elections 2009 has made it clear to our leaders that old policies hold no meaning in these changing times.

SONIA SAHIJWANI, via email

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It is interesting to see how voters have chosen national parties over regional ones. Everyone knows how over the past five years how allies had made it difficult for the Congress-led UPA coalition to work for national progress. But now, the coalition seems free of such allies. It will help the Congress party to concentrate on public welfare. With the Left parties out of the picture, the UPA can now formulate more policies on economic reforms.

Amit Bhandari, Delhi

Make elections more inclusive

Apropos of Karan Singh’s article Reform the vote (May 14), the suggestion that polls should be made compulsory goes against the idea of democracy. We cannot force anyone to vote. Instead, the Election Commission should start more voter-awareness campaigns and increase the number of polling booths. Also, we must find a way to enable NRIs to participate in elections. These are some of the practical ways to make the voting process more inclusive.

Karan Thakur, via email

Kudos to the EC

With reference to S.Y. Quraishi’s article Walking a fine line (May 14), it is awe-inspiring how efficiently the Election Commission manages the Herculean task of conducting free and fair elections in a country as big and diverse as ours. It deserves appreciation for successfully planning, implementing and executing this year’s general elections. However, it is disheartening how some politicians and political parties work against the Commission’s norms and prevent it from performing
its duties.

Alok Kumar Mishra, Jamshedpur

Sow seeds of new policies

This has reference to the editorial In the larder, not on the plate (Our Take, May 12). The new government must ensure that its policies are farmer-friendly. Over the years, abrupt monsoon cycles have already made it tough for our farmers to earn a decent livelihood. The burden of loans only adds to their plight.

Sukhwinder singh, Yamunanagar

We need the woods and the trees

Apropos of the report Mission green: SC bans mining in Aravali hills (May 10), the apex court’s ruling is a welcome move. The need for the Supreme Court to interfere in the matter shows that the area around the Aravali is in a bad shape. The government must ensure that deforestation and mining activities are immediately banned in the area and those who violate the rules are punished. The court’s suggestion of turning the area into a botanical garden, too, will help in preserving the Aravali’s natural beauty.

Ramesh Kapur, Faridabad