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Maya’s call

When so many people migrate to other states from UP,because of the lack of employment opportunities,Mayawati spends money erecting political memorials.

Written by The Indian Express |
May 16, 2009 10:06:50 pm

• When so many people migrate to other states from UP,because of the lack of employment opportunities,Mayawati spends money erecting political memorials. Were she to use this money in developing industrial zones or improving infrastructure,she would be creating not only jobs but also permanent public assets. Needless to say,she should build schools to provide education and skills to the workforce,and hospitals,where the poor could get subsidised,quality health care.

— Prabhakar Borse

Pune

In Lohia’s wake

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• Shekhar Gupta’s two-part ‘On the wall,off the road’ was very instructive. The second part,particularly,should be read to understand why development,even when it reaches rural areas,fails to reach the neediest. It is ironic that somebody as educated as Lohia left such a negative legacy to Indian politics. Lohiaites like George Fernandes,Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad,among others,are living examples of why that is so. Not one of these remaining Lohiaites had any idea had any idea of development,and they have somehow believed that coming to power and holding on to it is more important than improving the lives of their constituents.

— Prasad Malladi

Nidadavole

Losing touch

• This refers to the editorial ‘Lock kiya jaye’. One has been disappointed not only by the absence of national issues from the 2009 poll debate but also by the indifference of the politicians to public anxieties over a lot of issues. Could it be that politicians as a class are finally losing their feel of the public pulse? You have rightly said that Saturday onwards discussions will no longer be between politicians inflating their prospects,between experts unsure of their conclusions; discussions then will involve only leaders sure of their strength. Unfortunately,fighting to acquire that parliamentary strength has kept them from closely interacting with those they represent.

— Dilbag Rai

Chandigarh

Easy part is over

• The Election Commission deserves compliments for conducting a more or less peaceful election on what is the largest scale in the democratic world. However,post-May 16,many voters across the country may be disappointed to see those they voted for joining alliances they had sworn they would not,or huddling together with parties at the other end of the political spectrum. This business of smashing pre-poll alliances and new ones after the results is actually a breach of voter trust and a waste of votes.

— S.K. Gupta

Chandigarh

Hard part begins

• Once the results are declared and the horse trading begins,a large and unwieldy coalition will emerge. Pre-poll equations will certainly change and the major national parties will bend over backwards to mollify small regional parties and a motley crowd of spoilers. As we pride ourselves in the successful electoral process,let’s remember that the bad part begins now. But one still hopes a stable government will take charge soon.

— N.V. Unnithan Mumbai

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