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Clear the air
This refers to the editorial ‘No room for evasion’ (IE, February 24). Some pertinent questions have been raised in the editorial. The lack of coordination between the civilian authorities and the army appears to have given rise to distrust. The truth about the real purpose of the unit movement, which gave rise to anxiety in the highest levels of government, must come out soon. Had there been a level of trust and cooperation between the army chief and government, such a situation would not have arisen. The factors that led to the breeding of distrust must urgently be identified and rectified. The lack of trust in public relations is debilitating for our country. As suggested by the editorial, a probe on the January 2012 incident must be ordered immediately and the air must be cleared.
— S.C. Vaid
Foot in mouth disease
With elections drawing near, more and more politicians are succumbing to foot-in-mouth syndrome and mouthing inanities, hitting below the belt. (‘Don’t appreciate Khurshid jibe: Rahul’, IE, February 28). External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has been a serial offender — he doesn’t shy away from using colourful language against the opposition. If the AAP was a party full of “stinking people” for him, Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, is “impotent”. He has been censured for his remark across party lines. His own party vice president, Rahul Gandhi, has rapped him on the knuckles for his poor choice of words. People like Khurshid and Mani Shankar Aiyar belong to a breed of politicians who believe that they are well within their rights to cross all limits of decency. Their diatribes only reveal their own political insecurity and intellectual bankruptcy.
— C.V. Aravind
Cash in on vote bank
This refers to the editorial ‘New voter, old politics’ (IE, February 27), which raises a very vital point — political parties have forgotten to lure the 43,000 new voters, between the age of 18 and 19, in each constituency. These young voters’ aspirations should be kept in mind by all parties while drafting their election manifestos. But politicians have failed to cash in on this vote bank, update their brand of politics. Young voters are numerous. Their numbers are greater than the average winning margins in the 2009 elections. Better jobs and a comfortable life are what young voters, both rural and urban, want from the government. The party that appeals to them the most is going to come to power at the Centre.
— R.K. Kapoor
A working House
Apropos of ‘The challenge in the House’ (IE, February 28), the Supreme Court in the Kihoto Hollohan case has already ruled on the constitutionality of party whips. MPs can only be disqualified for going against a whip during a confidence motion or on a major policy issue that was the basis of the election of the party. Thus, MPs remain free to vote as per their conscience on other issues. Why don’t they? We need to encourage inner-party dissent. This will enhance the quality of legislation and parliamentary continued…