Today's letters

People losing faith in Government

Since April, the entire UPA cabinet has spent most of it's time fighting the civil
society's anti-corruption movement. Mr. Chidambaram must have had little
time to look in to matters like internal security. Considering this, the
PM has played a cruel joke on the Country promising yet again that he will
bring the perpetrators to book. The public has no faith in
his words any more and the terrorists must be rolling in laughter at his
statement. May be the time has come for the people to look after their own
security by policing their areas and leaving the Government and Police to
do what they do best - looting the public.

Pradeep Nair
Bangalore


Vindictive action

Sir, After losing its battle against Anna Hazare on his Jana Lokpal Bill, the Union government is now indulging in politics of vendetta by targeting Team Anna members. No wonder the UPA has even forced the I-T department to issue notice to Kejriwal after 5 years!

A.Srikantaiah.
Bangalore

Avoiding impeachment

‘President accepts Sen’s resignation’ (DH, Sep 4). The embattled and distraught Justice Soumitra Sen has managed to outsmart the MPs by tendering his resignation as this would render the impeachment proceedings redundant. Perhaps Justice Sen thought it fit to resign from the coveted post rather than face the ignominy of removal.

 Sakunthala Seshanna
 Rajajinagar, Bangalore-10

Privilege notice astonishing

What Kiran Bedi and Om Puri have said about parliamentarians is very true. The behaviour of parliamentarians is downright cheap and astonishing as it shows their insecurity for being hauled up for their shady dealings and behaviour both inside and outside parliament.

V. Padmanabhan
Bangalore

Irom Sharmila's fast equally important

Kudos to Deccan Herald for its humanitarian editorial "Attend to this fast"(DH, September 1).

New Delhi has not only responded earnestly to Anna Hazare's fast and promised to sincerely look after his demands, it also promised to set the ball rolling for Telengana to end the fast of K.Chandrasekhar Rao. But the authorities are simply indifferent to Irom Sharmila's fasting.

Sharmila's issue is infinitely more serious than Anna’s or Rao’s, as matters concerning life and death are much more serious than corruption or mere regional sentiments.

Kajal Chatterjee
Kolkata



Anna’s victory a lesson for the nation

The government has finally bowed to Anna and his team. This is just the first step towards eradicating the menace of corruption in India. The credit should go to all those who stood by Anna during the struggle. The youth of the nation have rightly risen to the occasion and have shown that coming together with a single point agenda is the right way to go. The resilience of Anna and the will power to achieve the goal is really mind boggling and a lesson for the weak hearted to not give up easily.


K. Amul Chander
Bangalore


Worthwhile Parliament need of the hour

This refers to the editorial “People’s Will” (DH, August 29). Anna Hazare’s triumph has been touted as the victory of the people.

The fast was nothing short of coercing an elected body to adopt an all important piece of legislation in a hurry. The Parliament has bowed; maybe for a good cause, but it is a compromise with its own supremacy.

Anna has declared the electoral system as his next target of reform. His ambition to change the electoral laws is encouraging. It would be rather appropriate to make stringent laws which make it inevitable to constitute a worthwhile Parliament or legislature than calling back the worthless, rather, immoral representatives.

R. K. Divakara
Bangalore

Lokpal and beyond

A Lokpal Act may come in the future but there is serious doubt that it will eliminate corruption. True, politicians and people in public life may think twice before committing frauds and crimes on a scale that we have seen recently. But what about corruption the ordinary citizen has to face in his daily life? Will government servants, municipal and corporation officials honestly do their work and attend to public grievances and settle their problems in normal expected time? Will builders take money only by cheque for selling flats and houses? Will lower level police officials honestly carry out their duties without the usual “hafta, chai pani”? It is difficult to expect a corruption-free society without a real moral awakening of citizens.

K.Venkataraman
Chembur, Mumbai


Not the time to celebrate

It would be a mistake to assume that the political class has come to its senses and will henceforth work to fight corruption. All that the politicians wanted was Anna to end his fast so that they wouldn’t have to face the wrath of the public in case something happened to Anna.

V.Rajalakshmi
Mumbai

From glory to gloom

This letter refers to the article, “Brittle India swept aside” (DH, August 23).   We have to admit that we were never world beaters. Our performance was always patchy.  Perhaps we were carried away by our success in lifting world cup in ODIs. Though we have several batting records, most of the times we were able to win or save the matches solely due to some excellent individual performances than team effort.

We are over dependent on Sehwag, who is always inconsistent. Though Dravid is playing exceptionally well, we need to understand that he too along with Laxman and Sachin are on the verge of retirement and there is a strong need to nurture new batting talents. Lot is to be done in bowling as well, which is mediocre. It is time to rejuvenate tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Trophy than IPL. What amazes me is that the whole Team India said, they won the world cup for Sachin, but they could not save a match for Rahul Dravid.

B N Bharath,
BANGALORE


Chappell and his ways!

This is with reference to “Chappell, Hilditch lose jobs in Cricket Australia revamp”, (DH, Aug 20). Greg Chappell has been shunted out from Australian cricket. Greg had an acrimonious relationship with Indian players as well when he was the Indian coach. Senior players were upset with his way of communication and attitude towards them. A newspaper also reported an interview with Sachin Tendulkar, who had expressed his anguish with the methods adopted by the former Australian cricket captain.

The fact that even the Australian players have vented their displeasure on Chappell calling him a 'bad influence' in the dressing room goes on to show that great cricketers do not necessarily become astute coaches.

Dr.Ganapathi Bhat
Bangalore


Like father, like son
 
This is with reference to, ”YSR conspired with Jagan, says CBI”, (DH, Aug 21). After what has happened to DMK, serious corruption issues are surfacing in Andhra Pradesh. YSR’s widow in a five page letter to PM has attacked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and asked if the CBI investigation against her son was not a clear case of "witch-hunting and political vendetta".

While there is no denying that Andhra Pradesh made very good progress under YSR Reddy’s stewardship, it now clear that a lot of money was siphoned off and the charges against Jaganmohan shows that Congress High Command acquiesced to it till it suited them. Now that Jaganmohan has rebelled against the party, these cases against have been launched with full vigour.

M M Gurbaxani,
Bangalore


Age no barrier to fight corruption

Congress party is struggling to project Rahul Gandhi as a youth icon. Despite having the 'Gandhi' surname, entire organization and government machinery to his support, the party is not successful in projecting Rahul as a youth icon.

Whereas, Anna Hazare’s appeal to the youth to join the so called second freedom struggle has drawn lakhs of youngsters to the street to fight corruption. This proves, what matters is 'young rush of blood' and not young age to lead the nation.

Regards
Madhava Hebbar


Hazare’s demand’s just but unconstitutional

True, to first vilify and then incarcerate, a few hours after Independence Day, a frail, peaceful 74 year-old anti-corruption crusader in Tihar, a jail that symbolises the end of the road for the corrupt leaders, the rapist and the terrorist is to be beyond foolish.

But at the core of Mr Hazare’s protest is an undemocratic demand. He wants Parliament to accept his version of the lokpal bill and no other. This means he wants to act as lawmaker and thus erode the supremacy of Parliament. Despite the availability of constitutional means, Mr Hazare decided to take the unconstitutional route. This method is nothing more than what B.R. Ambedkar called the “grammar of anarchy”.

K.S Jayatheertha
Bangalore
 


Address cause of UK unrest

Sir, this is with reference to “Cameron vows to crush violence” (DH, Aug 11). It is unfortunate that Britain was rocked by riots for four consecutive days following the Tottenham incident .That the white, black and brown youth were involved in the rioting indicates that all is not well in the multi-cultural society. Is not the present crisis an offshoot of the bottled-up anger at the governmental failure to address simmering discontent over unemployment, high cost of living and racial prejudice? Cameron has to go beyond taking measures to crush the rising tide of violence and address roots of unrest.

B H Shanmukhappa
Davangere


London riots rooted in frustration

Sir, this refers to London riots – British PM vows to fight back (DH, Aug 11)
It is now clear that the police was helplessly outnumbered in tackling arson and looting in London and its neighborhood.

The street riot has been reduced to a kind of ding-dong battle, between the rioters and the police. One generally sees this sort of situation in places affected by extreme lawlessness. The unrest in UK is the culmination of growing frustration over unemployment and drastic fall in living standard.

K.V. Raghuram
Wayanad

Students empowered

Sir, this is with reference to ‘Students can inspect answer sheets: SC’ (DH, Aug 10). Apex court’s ruling providing RTI access to answer sheets is a welcome and a timely step and would help scores of students, who are victimised every year by a faulty evaluation system.

P V Prakash
Bangalore


SC ruling on answer sheets not right

Sir, this refers to ‘Students can inspect answer sheets: SC’ (DH, August 10). Whatever the legal aspects of the case, there will be genuine difficulties in implementing the order.  In fact, there are already several provisions for the students, who appear for public exams, to get their grievances redressed. If RTI is added to them, every unsuccessful candidate would take recourse to it.  

K K Cherian
Bangalore

Right age to retire

Sir, this refers to ‘Centre not to raise retirement age’ (DH, August 10).  There is no need to hike the retirement age from 60 to 62 as this would block the entry of educated youth into government service. The government should not succumb to pressure tactics from any quarters.

H.P.Murali
Rajajinagar
Bangalore

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