• 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?
Puppets on chain
• Pakistans 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 Pakistans civilian governments 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 thats 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
• The shameful incident at the Mangalore pub infringed upon womens rights and individual rights. It is entirely an individuals 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.
Stitch in time
• Coalition governments became the order of the day under Late President R. Venkataramans 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.
• The Congress is still in many ways tilted rightwards and the grand old partys 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.
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