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Ethics,above all

Barack Obama has announced good policies and has begun his presidency in earnest ‘Spelling out change’.

Written by The Indian Express | January 30, 2009 12:43:56 am

• Barack Obama has announced good policies and has begun his presidency in earnest ‘Spelling out change’. His executive order,which has reinforced conduct rules,is a healthy attempt to clean up politics. Ethics is integral to the smooth functioning of a democracy and his non-acceptance of gifts should serve as an example to others. Question is,can Indian politicians adopt a similar policy?

— Deepak Chikramane



Puppets on chain

• Pakistan’s response to 26/11 has been irresponsible to say the least. From outright denial to unmitigated obstructionism,Pakistan has attempted to distance itself from the Mumbai attacks. This could be due to Pakistan’s civilian government’s subjection to de facto military authority. Ultimately it is the army that dictates policy,and it is the writ of the army that runs Pakistan. Perhaps that’s why Asif Ali Zardari was unable to respond adequately to the terror attacks.

— R.J. Khurana Bhopal



• Cuts in petrol,diesel and LPG prices are usually a poll gimmick — populist moves from the government to appease the voting public. Yes,this does benefit the average man in the short run but when international crude prices are falling,price cuts need to occur in response to the market. The government should follow an oil-pricing policy that adjusts itself automatically to crude prices at any given time.

— S.N. Kabra Mumbai

Fooling themselves

• The shameful incident at the Mangalore pub infringed upon women’s rights and individual rights. It is entirely an individual’s prerogative to indulge in any particular activity,within,of course,the bounds of law. The Sri Rama Sene fool only themselves in believing they are saviours of society.

— Mahesh Kumar

New Delhi

Stitch in time

• Coalition governments became the order of the day under Late President R. Venkataraman’s watch. Though a strong follower of the Constitution,he later advocated

constitutional changes in the context of a single party not winning an outright parliamentary majority. Had his suggestion been implemented,political instability could have been avoided.

— B.K. Chatterjee



Truly reformed?

• The Congress is still in many ways tilted rightwards and the grand old party’s so-called social programmes are an eyewash. The party has failed to impress in both its conduct in domestic and foreign policy. For example,the wages and social securities being provided to the poor are grossly inadequate,especially in times of increasing inequality.

— Vikas Das


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