The UPA government finds it difficult to take a position on Myanmar. At the same time, India aspires to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council. When we cannot speak in favour of the hapless masses in our neighbourhood, we have no right to stand for such a position. It is no secret that China has been helping the military junta for years. We should come forward to help Myanmar, else some day, we too will be accused of having blood on our hands.
Young and restless
With reference to Barkha Dutt’s article Babalog’s day out (October 6), I disagree that politicians are leaving the field. In fact, they are training their sons and daughters to occupy positions of influence. Can we find a single name listed by the writer that has not benefited from dynastic politics? There are many young MPs other than Rahul Gandhi. But everyone is overlooked in favour of Rahul thanks to his surname.
It is true that young people should be in positions of power, including in politics. This century belongs to the younger generation. Swami Vivekananda said, “Nothing can be achieved without some kind of sacrifice. It is usually the young who have the ability and will to make sacrifices to achieve their goals.” This is applicable in politics too. There should be an age limit for contesting elections for Parliament or assemblies. Politicians must retire after 65 years.
It is the youth of the country that is going to take it to greater heights. The elevation of young leaders within the political parties will impart new vigour and enthusiasm. The younger
politicians are buzzing with new ideas and opinions that will help the country and its people to develop.
Barkha Dutt is right in saying that young MPs, though energetic and smart, are not up to the mark. If one goes by personality, Rahul Gandhi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora and Sachin Pilot are telegenic. But what are their views on important issues? They seem to be content to be led by the older generation. This is the reason people above 70 still rule the political arena in India.
This refers to A.G. Noorani’s Community service (October 10). It is shocking how intellectuals have allowed religious bigotry and ignorance to take the form of communal violence. Among the Hindus, the self-righteous leaders of the VHP and the RSS have rejected all diversity and dissent from their so-called divine messages. The Muslims have stagnated intellectually and allowed fundamentalists to exploit the masses in the name of jehad. Both the Hindus and the Muslims must learn to appreciate the true essence of secularism.
Rajdeep Sardesai in Twenty20 winks (October 11) points out an emerging political reality. If the Congress or the BJP doesn’t get 150 Lok Sabha seats on its own in the next election, any regional satrap whose numerical strength is good enough for bargaining will be the real kingmaker. If a regional political party with only 16 MPs can force
the present UPA government to bend to its every whim, a regional satrap with 60 MPs can do
In it together
Apropos of the report No sign of truce between UPA, Left (October 11), it was ironical to see the leaders of the UPA and the Left Front laughing and holding hands of each other after they temporarily agreed to meet again after Dussehra. This despite their sharp differences over the nuclear deal with the US? How can there be a solution in the national interest when the survival instinct takes precedence? Perhaps, their own wish to continue in power and inability to face the masses during elections makes them so accommodative.
Parliamentary elections will cost the nation crores of rupees. Assuming that an irresponsible Left Front does pull the plug on the government and the Election Commission cannot hold elections before May 2008, it will jeopardise the government’s constitutional powers to go ahead with its international and diplomatic commitments.
Feel their pain
Kudos to KumKum Dasgupta for bringing a serious issue into the public domain (Animal non-activists, October 10). When will we understand that animals also feel pain? When we will understand that this earth belongs to everyone, including animals? The lack of care in the national parks shows how callous we are to animals. The government should arrange for better facilities.
The Delhi High Court is taking commendable steps to rein in Blueline buses in the capital. People have lost all confidence in their elected representatives. The Delhi government has lost credibility since the courts are taking all the decisions for maintaining law and order.
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