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Death wish?

It’s amazing that the party’s main fire-fighter and peace-maker,Pranab Mukherjee,is heading the GoM for this job.

Written by The Indian Express | Published: February 22, 2012 3:07:41 am

Death wish?

The editorial ‘Statutory warning’ (IE,February 21) undoubtedly echoes the feelings of a vast majority of Indians — that the Congress is being “both authoritarian and unwise” in its proposed move to curb the Election Commission’s powers regarding the code of conduct for fair polls. It’s amazing that the party’s main fire-fighter and peace-maker,Pranab Mukherjee,is heading the GoM for this job. Why does the ruling entity,already under siege,seem bent on destroying whatever little credibility it has left? Isn’t it a sure sign of a death wish?

— M. Ratan,New Delhi


The call for the Congress-led UPA to abandon its plan to undercut the EC comes not a day too late (‘Statutory warning’,IE,February 21). Indeed,this move by the Congress is only the latest in a series of attempts to compromise and destroy all institutions — CVC,CAG and PAC to name a few — that together make up the the system of checks and balances that protect our democracy. The ongoing attempts by the government to censor the internet must be viewed in the same light. The Congress is exhibiting all the recklessness and arrogance of power that brought India under Emergency in 1975.

— R.P. Subramanian

New Delhi

Is it not ironic that Rahul Gandhi keeps repeating that his party’s goal is a powerful Lokpal,as powerful as the EC? At the same time,the Congress is reportedly keen to rob the EC of teeth.

— I.C. Naik


It cannot be a coincidence that one senior Congress leader after another is challenging the EC in Uttar Pradesh. Although one can say a lot of things in the heat of the moment,coming from senior politicians and ministers,such things don’t sound good for our democracy. Restraint is the virtue all senior politicians are expected to possess. And the Congress,as the oldest political outfit,should set the example.

— Bal Govind


Success alone

The attitude of the media to Udhav Thackeray’s leadership of the Shiv Sena,after its success in the recently held BMC elections,illustrates the adage “Nothing succeeds like success.” The media is paying glowing tributes to Udhav’s planning and execution of the campaign. Whereas,till about a week ago,it had described his leadership as lacklustre,practically writing him off Mumbai’s political scene. This reminds one of the cocktail party where an executive points to a shy and unimpressive person and asks his friend,“Who’s that lean and lanky guy in the corner?” When the friend says it’s the MD’s nephew who will soon take over the firm,the executive exclaims,“Oh! You mean that tall and stately person? Yes,his personality shows in his demeanour.”

— S. Venkataraman


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