Demand and supply politics
With reference to Gautam Chikermane’s article Just when we were feeling safe... Inflation! (July 23), the vote of confidence we witnessed was the eighth of its kind sought by a government.india Updated: Jul 25, 2008 22:30 IST
Demand and supply politics
With reference to Gautam Chikermane’s article Just when we were feeling safe... Inflation! (July 23), the vote of confidence we witnessed was the eighth of its kind sought by a government. In the run-up to the trust vote, the significant effect of a runaway inflation was felt on the commodity called ‘MPs’. The demand was skyrocketing and the supply was dismal. So the prices quadrupled as the last time a PM tabled a trust vote was a decade ago. Even out of stock commodities, like jailed and ailing MPs, were not spared by the price rise.
We get leaders we deserve
Barkha Dutt in Pawns to the game (July 19) makes a pertinent point. The present crisis has seen the end of secularism as the totem pole of some moralistic parties. Politicians from communal parties have made a mockery of it by invoking the sectoral biases of the extreme Muslim fringe in their misguided opposition to the nuclear deal.
Barkha Dutt aptly analyses the present political situation. But why criticise the MPs for horse-trading, criminalisation of politics etc. when every party is guilty of all this? The BJP did the same thing in UP with the help of the Speaker, soliciting defectors to form the government. Those who display disgust at the behaviour of politicians are the ones who hardly exercise their voting rights. It is true that people get the leaders they deserve.
Three cheers to the Left for making the question of foreign policy and a strategic deal with the US issues of national debate. But it has also brought to the fore the political hypocrisy of our leadership. The bickering and horse-trading of MPs, though unfortunate in a democracy, offers the electorate an opportunity to see firsthand the ugly power-brokering prevalent in our system.
Barkha Dutt regrets that Shibu Soren and his band of MPs were courted for their votes in the no-confidence motion, as Soren was once dropped from the Cabinet on charges of murder. But not just Soren, other MPs currently in jail on criminal charges also voted in the motion. If politics has come to this pass, some of the responsibility rests with the media, as they refrained from taking note of these goings-on.
Triumph without glory
Apropos of the report Day After: Reasons to smile (July 24), congratulations to the UPA government for its victory in the trust vote in Parliament. However, it’s a triumph without glory. It was a black day for Indian democracy with some politicians throwing money about and destroying the reputation of our nation.
Jawans as easy targets
Apropos of Neelesh Misra’s report She stayed alive to tell her story (July 20), had the writer been associated with the Army and known its culture, he would not have written such a derogatory thing about the Army. How come these journalists never write about the pathetic lives of Kashmiri Pandits who are refugees in their own country? Do they ever write about the organisations and their supporters in the Valley who occupy houses vacated by hapless Pandits. The media will do us great honour by writing about the good things the Army has done to improve the life of people in Kashmir.
Three’s not the company
With reference to Ajoy Bose’s article So what’s on the cards? (July 24), there is no doubt that in last few days Mayawati has emerged
as a force on the national political scene, thanks to the Samajwadi Party’s departure from the Third Front. But the coming together of the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Left, the Telugu Desam Party, the Rashtriya Lok Dal and some other smaller outfits didn’t help them. In fact, the Third Front has only witnessed parties entering and exiting it and could never become a substantial force. Though the BJP has suffered a blow, it is not a spent force and the next elections will witness a polarisation of votes between the Congress, the BJP and the so-called Third Front, resulting in a hung Parliament.