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Posted at: Dec 18, 2017, 12:32 AM; last updated: Dec 18, 2017, 12:32 AM (IST)

Don’t doubt Muslims

MUSLIMS ‘chose’ India when they had the option to go to Pakistan, and Indian Muslims also rejected numerous forces using religion to ‘justify’ inhuman activities. Apoorvanand in his article ‘Absurd is the new normal’ (December 15) rightly raised a significant issue of the treatment of minorities in a country once known for brotherhood. Presently, the discourse has changed and Muslim identity has become a major obstacle. It should be noted that Indian Muslims are mostly converted from the so-called ‘lower castes’, and this makes them as indigenous as others of this proud nation. The problem becomes dangerous when the youth start ‘discussing’ hatred towards a community. Therefore, it is time to start a positive discourse to rebuild a nation, where the younger generation engages in the development of their future, which will, of course, ensure a bright future for our country. 

Siraj Ahmad, by mail

EVMs reliable

Refer to ‘SC rejects Cong plea to verify VVPAT slips with EVM results’ (December 16), being a teacher, I have performed election duty as presiding officer and have supervised as a BLO. I did not find a single vote difference in counting. Don’t blame the machine, it is flawless. EVMs can be relied on, not humans and politicians.


All must pay for NPAs 

Reference to ‘Bad loans big UPA scam: PM’ (December 14), the ‘R’ in the FRDI Bill is for ‘resolution’ and not ‘regulation’. Secondly, can the present government provide the list of names of those big industrialists to whom the UPA government gave huge loans and are defaulters? Bank employees’ associations asked permission to publish the list from earlier governments also, but no government has allowed it. Does it not mean that the powerful, resource-rich class pulls the strings of every political party? PM Modi was addressing FICCI while making this statement. Who are the members of FICCI? Can a rickshaw-puller become a member? The PM is addressing those who got big loans from banks and are now trying to make ordinary citizens bear the loss of NPAs caused by them, through the FRDI Act. This is how crony capitalism fools the public with glib promises. They want each Indian to have a share of prasad of NPAs.

Nirmal Singh, Patiala

Voters have matured

People’s awareness alone can get us good governments in a democratic setup. Question politicians when they come asking for votes. Two news items reflect the negligence and lack of will on part of our governments — ‘HC moots app to raise funds to build houses for poor’ (December 16) and ‘For five years, 269 cycles dumped in school’. At the time of elections, we are taken for a ride on non-issues — who said what about whom and who went to temples or a mosque. But politicians must read the writing on the wall. The voter has matured and has started thinking in terms of the larger national interest. Gujarat and Himachal exit polls show that even if people faced difficulties due to demonetisation and GST, by and large, they understand and hope for positive long-term results. Only mature politicians can take the country forward. 

Sukhwinder Pal Singh, SAMANA

State of Punjab

Nirmal Sandhu left nothing unsaid and spared neither the Akalis nor the present dispensation in presenting the grim picture of Punjab’s chronic neglect (‘Living with urban chaos’, December 15). Amarinder Singh, unlike former CM Badal, should not be reckless with Central funds because now the FM is Arun Jaitley, who was defeated in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Cities will continue to starve of funds. Unless there is a miracle or the Centre has a change of heart to bail out Punjab at this crucial hour, corporations should prepare for  status quo.


Standing up for women

Refer to ‘Girl molested in Panipat school’ (December 16); I wonder what Indian men have come to. We have entirely forgotten the rich cultural heritage of our country, where a woman is worshipped as mother goddess in her many avatars. A similar incident took place a few days before (‘Actor molested in flight, man held’). Instead of blaming the government, citizens should unite and take steps to save our society from this crisis. Our sisters are not safe, and it is not only for the government to fight this menace, but also the moral duty of all citizens to stand up for them. 

Md Rustam Parwez, Hyderabad

Modi the lone target

The content of the article ‘Modi stoops to conquer’ by S Nihal Singh (December 16) was on expected lines — demean PM Modi. Does the Constitution bar a sitting PM from canvassing for his party? If not, why are five-star intellectuals pointing it out time and again? Perhaps we find it odd because earlier we had a PM who had never won an election. Modi is a tireless man who has the ability to shoulder the responsibility of the party and the nation simultaneously, and effectively. The writer criticises Modi for pointing a finger at the former PM, but why can’t he say that Dr Manmohan Singh should have also kept the government in the loop before dining with Pakistani dignitaries? The PM’s office was shamed more under Dr Manmohan when his orders were torn publicly, and when he chose to stay silent over a number of scams taking place under his watch. He should have resigned during UPA-II following a string of scandals. But he chose to remain a mute spectator, as expected from a person more loyal to the Congress than his own office.  

Yogesh Garg, Patiala

Being Rahul

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, especially when you inherit a withering empire. New heads of an organisation have varied experiences — some say, ‘My predecessor was good for nothing’; some say, ‘I will follow the footsteps of my illustrious predecessor’; and some say, ‘Much has been done but much more needs to be done’. What Rahul Gandhi feels, only he can tell. He faces many challenges. But he should give constructive support to the BJP. Remaining at daggers drawn will not help. Sidelined Congress senior leaders may be sulking. Good luck to him.


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