Regional aspirations cannot be addressed at the cost of federalism
With reference to Sitaram Yechury’s article Don’t think small now (Left Hand Drive, August 06), the decision on Telangana has reignited the clamour for more states across the country.
For this, the government needs to constitute the second States Reorganisation Commission that would look into the demands for the division of states in the country. Though creating smaller states will help address regional aspirations and they would be easier to administer, New Delhi must ensure that such demands do not undermine the federal structure of the nation.
The emergence of more regional satraps will weaken the Centre’s power and in the numbers game the latter may be compelled to appease the former.
Ramesh Sinha, Gurgaon
The UPA government’s decision on Telangana seems to borne out self-aggrandisement. This is the only bait that the Congress government can think of especially when all kinds of reforms introduced by it have failed.
Given the inopportune timing of the announcement, the most difficult thing is to turn this decision into a reality in the next six months before the nation goes to the polls.
Janga Bahadur Sunuwar, via email
Who funds pre-poll freebies?
With reference to the report To check freebies, EC to keep tab on manifestos (August 06), the Election Commission of India should make it mandatory for political parties to declare the source of funds used for pre-poll freebies in their election manifestos.
Political parties are like any other public authority and, therefore, people have the right to know where their funds go.
GP Singh, Kanpur
Like father, like son, it would seem
The decision to suspend SDM Durga Shakti Nagpal is sheer victimisation of an honest and upright officer by the state government. The action against her is a vindictive one to demoralise an officer for taking on the sand mafia.
The Akhilesh Yadav government, it appears, is protecting the interests of criminal elements. The Durga episode betrays the perception that Akhilesh is a modern and progressive leader. He seems to be a chip of the old block.
Yogeshwar Davar, Hisar