Bickering over most issues but united against transparency
It is shameful that the government is planning to take the amendment route to overturn the June 3 order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which said six major political parties came within the ambit of the Right to Information Act (Govt set to keep parties out of RTI, June 28). It is ironical that while the Congress claims that the enactment the RTI was the first significant achievement of the UPA government, it is still trying to keep political parties out of the purview of the transparency law. In a country where political bickering has become commonplace, this rare show of unanimity among political parties against the CIC order is baffling.
Gagandeep, via email
Lalu did nothing for the Muslims
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai's article Lalu model re-caste (Beyond The Bite, June 28), I do not agree with the writer's opinion that Lalu Prasad gave the Bihari Muslim a feeling of physical security as I think his government did nothing substantial for them. It was under Nitish Kumar's rule that Urdu graduates got appointments as teachers in primary, middle and high schools and this was one of the reasons why he was elected for the second term as chief minister.
Mudassir Alam, Kishanganj
India's present 'princely' states
The report Kanimozhi wins second RS term (June 28) once again exposes the moral, ethical and policy shortcomings of our political parties. The Sri Lankan Tamil issue, on which the DMK left the Congress-led UPA, is still in the news and yet the two parties have joined hands. The princely states were abolished long ago, but politicians, cutting across party lines, treat their area of influence as their fiefdom and help each other's siblings to win elections.
N Ramamurthy, via email