Weed out netas with criminal records
With reference to the article The business of politics (Focus, November 4), India needs electoral reforms to clean its political sphere. Since that will take time, parties should reject candidates with criminal records. As for existing members, parties should revoke the membership of all those who have a criminal background. It is only if this is done, youngsters will be motivated to join politics.
Mahesh Kumar, via email
Sacrifice to achieve your goals
This is with reference to the article Power to youth (The Big Story, November 4). The youth must remember what Swami Vivekananda had said: "Nothing can be achieved without some kind of sacrifice. It is usually the young who have the strength of mind and will be able to make sacrifices to achieve their goals".
Manish Chandra, via email
The reshuffle's just a facelift
With reference to the article Entering the last lap (Chanakya, November 4), the recent Cabinet reshuffle was done to give the UPA government a facelift. But the new team will not have it easy; it will certainly face tough opposition in the winter session of Parliament as well as outside the House. Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal will also keep reminding the people about the corrupt leaders in the UPA and in the Opposition. Can Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi along with the young members deliver the change our nation requires? I hope they will.
Jitendra Kothari, Lucknow
The reforms agenda of the government shows that the UPA is keen to change the way things are at present. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's instruction to all his Cabinet colleagues to show results within a year also indicates that his government means business. Now the young guns, who were inducted in the Cabinet recently, have to support the UPA's reforms agenda. The two assembly elections - the just concluded one in Himachal Pradesh and the upcoming one in Gujarat - will give the UPA a fair idea of the popularity of its economic measures.
Vijai Pant, via email
The UPA government must not live in fear of assembly elections. It should continue with its reforms process. But finance minister P Chidambaram's efforts alone will not revive the economy; he needs the support of all ministers, especially the younger set.
Bal Govind, Noida
A bad omen for the country
With reference to his article Politics and the General (Sunday Sentiments, November 4), Karan Thapar is right in questioning former Army Chief General VK Singh's motives and his move against the political establishment. It is sad that such a senior government official is today doubting the same institution that he has served so ably.
Haridasan Mathilakath, Mumbai
Eminent journalists like Thapar should stop making derogatory comments against General Singh and Anna Hazare. Whatever the anti-corruption activists are doing is not wrong and has the support of the people.
Rashmikant Patil, Mumbai
Given the political situation, the former army chief's demand for the dissolution of Parliament is quite valid and should be given due consideration. He has served the nation for years and is aware of what is happening inside the government. So no matter what columnists say, let's us not question the general's integrity and commitments of purpose.
Jaideep Shirali, via email
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