May 19, 2015 12:02:52 am
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Apropos ‘No jobs, move back to Iraq begins’ (IE, May 18), we praised our government’s efforts to evacuate stranded Indian citizens from war-torn countries like Iraq and Yemen. But now it is also the government’s responsibility to provide them opportunities for livelihood. It’s evident that jobless young Indians are ready to risk their lives by going back. Where is the effort of the government to create ample job opportunities for its young, aspirational citizens?
Shoeb Shaikh, Aurangabad
Who’s the boss?
This refers to ‘Officer in cahoots with power firms, tried to mislead’ (IE, May 18). The ongoing war between the Centre and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal over the appointment of the acting chief secretary seems to be centred around an “I am the boss” mindset. While Kejriwal’s allegations need a thorough and independent probe, the relevant constitutional provisions meant for all appointments to the Delhi government must be duly respected.
The unnecessary controversy regarding the appointment of the acting chief secretary of Delhi is not only creating confusion among the public but also helping the Kejriwal government to hog daily headlines. Why is there so much controversy when the rules, as per the Constitution, are clear? After all, Delhi is not a full-fledged state.
B.N. Anand, Mohali
I write with reference to ‘The foreign threat’ by Madhu Purnima Kishwar (IE, May 16). I was tickled by the acronym “FFNGO” (foreign-funded NGO). I wonder, for all the aid that has been accepted by the Indian government over the years and all the FDI we hope to rake in, could we coin a second acronym, “FFGOI”? Try telling us that foreign companies have not found a gateway into India to be later found guilty of human rights and other violations. When these violations occur, often to populations whose voices would otherwise never have made it to a mainstream print article, it is the effort of activists and civil society organisations, even some of those unpopular FFNGOs, that amplify them.
The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act is in place to enable civil society organisations to avail financial assistance to carry forward their projects. Whether Kishwar sees it as political activism or proselytising under the guise of development, a large section of Indians, and therefore India, need activism. Why, if those championing freedom of the press and the right to freedom of speech had not done so, I might not have been sending this email, for perhaps I would never have seen Kishwar’s article.
Ruth D’Costa, Greenpeace India
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