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Hire on merit

The Election Commission?s directive on disqualification of Jaya Bachchan?s Rajya Sabha seat is praiseworthy (EC move on Jaya opens Pandora?s box, March 8).

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 02:25 IST

The Election Commission’s directive on disqualification of Jaya Bachchan’s Rajya Sabha seat is praiseworthy (EC move on Jaya opens Pandora’s box, March 8). Jaya’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha showed the nexus between influential families and higher echelons of power politics. Surely, more competent and deserving people can be found for the position.

Mala Bhandari

Saying no to Iran

Iran’s nuclear programme is nothing but a show of anguish towards Western attitude. The US plan to overthrow Iran’s elected regime is a blot on the America’s democratic map and a sign of the UN’s inability to discharge its duties. For the US, the democratic regimes are those which obey the US policy and the nations opposing it are undemocratic. After all, Pakistan is not the best democracy in the world.

Use of force to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue would be disastrous not only for the region but for the world.

F.F. Mogh

Budget blues

The rates of luxury goods like cars etc. are coming down, while the rates of essential commodities like wheat, sugar and milk are going up. The back of the ordinary citizen was already bent, now provisions are being made to break it. But the prime minister says it is an outstanding budget.

Parjan Kumar Jain

Frustrated terrorists

The attack in Varanasi shows the frustration of militants on the successful Indo-US talks during George Bush’s visit to India (Terror Tuesday, March 8). President Bush’s act of dehyphenating Pakistan from India has not gone down well with terror groups.

Tarlok Singh

Pressure on students

An alarming increase in suicides by students is a serious matter for all of us (Killer exams claim another life, March 9). They highlight the need for society to wake up and realise that high cut-offs for college admissions spell failure for several students. With an increasing population, the academic structure needs a drastic overhaul.

Adeel Arif

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First Published: Mar 10, 2006 02:25 IST