Ensure that the food Bill translates into an end to people’s hunger
This is with reference to By the politicians, for the people (Our take, July 16). Election rhetoric apart, the Congress-led UPA government has a lot to explain to the common man who is reeling under the weight of rising prices and deteriorating living conditions. The government is yet to answer as to why it has not heeded the apex court’s advice to distribute foodgrains to the poor rather than letting it rot in the open. Now that the food security ordinance has been passed, the government should keep in mind that an ordinance alone will not save lives; meaningful action based on a plan can ensure that no one goes hungry.
Onkar Nath Saxena, Noida
Loyal to the overlords in Delhi
Rajdeep Sardesai rightly states in Devolution for evolution (Beyond the Bite, July 15) that the Congress leadership prefers to impose its nominee as a chief minister disregarding the local leadership, which has worked for the party at the grassroot level. In fact, it has been the party’s policy over the last few decades that no regional leader is allowed to grow beyond a point. Such chief ministers will always remain indebted to New Delhi and take decisions accordingly.
PK Srivastava, via email
Time to remove the blinkers
With regard to Cong hiding behind burqa of secularism, says Modi (July 15), Narendra Modi’s ‘burqa of secularism’ comment comes a few days after the Gujarat CMs ‘puppy’ comment. Modi, for some time now, has been exhibiting an open revulsion towards anything that does not fit in with the narrow definition of a ‘Hindu nationalist’. If he wishes to win hearts and become PM, he has to show more statesmanship.
Jatinder Sethi, via email
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