States of separation
With reference to Sudhanshu Ranjan’s article Not the best state of affairs (February 19), Mayawati’s support for the division of Uttar Pradesh has political implications. After her victory in the UP assembly polls, she is looking to repeat the same performance when the Lok Sabha polls are held next year. Instead of going for a further division of Indian states, the Centre should provide more financial support to the states so that the demand for a separate identity is resolved.
The formation of new states should be encouraged since it is necessary for good governance and socio-economic development. If there are amicable relations between the Centre and states, then division of the parent state makes good sense.
No real pattern
apropos of the report Hots up, worry students (February 18), it is unfortunate that the CBSC authorities are repeatedly saying that the students will face a new pattern this year. By issuing such statements, they are increasing the students’ tensions. The authorities should either stop giving such news, or give a clear idea of what type of questions they are talking about.
via e-mailRussia’s grouse
Apropos of the editorial Kosovo conundrum (February 18), the announcement of Kosovo’s independence is bound to affect the political situation in Europe. Russia opposes the independence as Moscow sees this as part of an intrusion by Washington into Russia’s backyard. The independence was long overdue, if we go by the reaction of the Albanians.
In spite of all the promises, the authorities are doing nothing to eliminate the Blueline death trap (Behind the Blueline mess, February 20). The reason is, the real owners of these buses are powerful people. After the loss of a loved one, making the bereaved run from pillar to post is a crying shame.
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