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Posted at: Mar 19, 2018, 12:44 AM; last updated: Mar 19, 2018, 12:44 AM (IST)

‘Mission Save 150’

Political situation changes very fast in India. Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress was reduced from +400 in 1984 to 154 in 1989. BJP loyalists should not get upset if I say that in the changed scenario, manifested by the party’s stunning losses in the recent bypolls, the party leadership should change its gear. The goal now should be ‘Save 150’, not ‘360 plus’, which never looked realistic. The terrain ahead is hilly and the party should go back to gear one. It will mean saying bye-bye to Amit Shah and passing on the baton to a mature leader. Second, ticket should be given only to people with proven credentials, not the likes of Kirron Kher. The party can no longer carry novices on its shoulders. Third, Varanasi is no more a safe seat for Modi. Defeat can affect his undisputed place as a leader in the party and there is no other person who can take his place. I am for Modi, but not ‘Modism’. And so, a coalition is a safer bet. The country can progress only when reservation, subsidies, loan waivers and freebies are abolished. Any party which has the courage to adopt this policy will rule India. But none of the present parties will follow this route.

Bhartendu Sood, Chandigarh

TDP first to quit

This refers to the report ‘TDP exits NDA: moves no-confidence motion’ (March 17). Notwithstanding TDP’s decision to quit the NDA and move a no-confidence motion against the Modi government, the BJP-led government still enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha with its own strength of 274 MPs. PM Modi’s all-talk-no-work approach on Andhra Pradesh’s special status has led to the TDP quitting the NDA. It has become the first major party to exit the NDA government that had stormed to power with a huge majority in 2014. Interestingly, the BJP is unfazed by the development, as it feels it has the opportunity to make inroads into Andhra Pradesh without the TDP — like it did in Maharashtra. But the development has sent a strong message to the country’s non-BJP sections as well as the voters.  

Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai

Congress revival

Reference to ‘Cong in huddle, plans 5-yr vision’ (March 17); the Congress should revive and be at the centre stage of politics, and not a mere marginal player. For this, the party will have to admit its past mistakes and assure the nation about its sincerity. Temple tourism and display of janeau is not going to cut much ice. It should assure the people that it will investigate all corruption cases during the NDA as well as UPA rule, and will not spare anyone irrespective of position. 

Tirath Garg, Ferozepur city

Remove secrecy clause

Apropos the editorial ‘Unjust industry demand’ (March 17); various credit instruments like LoUs are designed to cater to the genuine needs of big corporates and must not be viewed as only ‘scam-gates’. The move to discontinue these to just show that the government is acting, is undesirable. Scamsters succeed in misusing these instruments, despite a potential vigilance apparatus and a secure and effective recovery system of banks, because bank chiefs and top executives of the RBI meekly choose to look the other way when a scamster is a business tycoon, close to their bosses in the Ministry of Finance. To check scams and NPAs, there is need to do away with bank borrowers’ secrecy clause and bring in the public domain all credit facilities extended by the public sector banks to big corporate houses. Besides putting to public scrutiny the use/misuse of bank funds, those having business dealings with such corporate houses and investors in stocks of these banks, all stand to gain if granted the right to this information. Most importantly, corporate funding of political parties needs to be checked, rather than stopped altogether.       

HL Sharma, Amritsar

Fast and too furious

Reference to ‘Youth age in rage’ (Spectrum, March 18); the incidents are extremely tragic and shameful. The reasons behind these murders were trivial. It is alarming that parents today are so busy that they hardly get time to inculcate social and moral values in their children. The mindset of students is rigid. Due to nuclear families, warmth among children is also missing. Internet explosion is changing role models for the younger generation. The result is in front of us. Today’s youth has no patience and courage to admit its faults and failures. Is this the same India where Eklavya gave his thumb as guru dakshina? In 21st century India, teachers are being shot. Are these students the strong pillars of our Bharat?

Rohit Malik, Jind

Arrest the unrest

The unrest among students is rising due to many factors: the atmosphere at home, disappearing joint family culture, lack of proper education, undue expectations from children by parents, lack of timely counselling, absence of elders at home, addiction to gadgets, etc. Society, academia, planners, parents and the government should view this development with concern and take positive steps to check it.

Dilbar Ali Meerak, Tohana

Mindless felling

Reference to the report ‘129 trees axed in Solan village’ (March 17); the government should take serious steps against the illicit felling of trees. It is unfortunate and painful that such incidents are still continuing and taking place right under the nose of government officials. While 129 trees could not have been axed overnight, the field staff appears to have deliberately turned a blind eye to the felling. Thousands of trees have already been cut due to the four-laning process, which is again a major threat to nature. The day is not far when people will thirst for water due to scanty rainfall and trees will be a rare sight. Strict rules must be made, even for private lands. Trees like pine and deodar should not be cut at all. A single tree takes many decades to grow. The loss of so many trees is devastating.

Sara Sharma, by mail

Talk to whom?

The Tribune has once again reiterated the need for Indo-Pak talks in its editorial ‘Pak recalls envoy’ (March 17). But who should India talk to in Pakistan? The so-called ‘elected’ civilian government in Pakistan is simply ornamental, with no power to take any serious policy decision. India cannot talk directly to the Pakistan army; nor Islamic fanatics nurtured by the army. The votaries of Indo-Pak talks must specify whom to initiate a dialogue with. 


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