May 11, 2009 12:50:10 am
• Lately a lot of excitement has been created by a political party wanting to bring back Indian black money deposited in Swiss Banks. Its unlikely that anything will come about. The hoopla will die down soon after the elections.
Additionally,the Swiss government will not want to harm their economy by losing so much money from their banks. However,what surprises me the most is that there is an equal amount if not more of black money right here in our country.
Almost everyone has black money. Exceptions are very few.
Also,politicians illegal wealth is seldom scrutinised. The question is: who will have the nerve to raise this issue and create many,many enemies overnight?
First aid errors
• Subhash C. Kashyaps suggestion that the president,in the event of a hung Parliament,should ask the house to elect its own leader,may be legally sound and constitutionally correct. But it will mean money and muscle power coming in to play immediately after such a decision is announced by the president. Given the way we do our politics ,the use of unfair means to secure a majority is unavoidable,one way or the other.
• The article Fractured mandate first-aid was timely and deserves appreciation for rightly expressing ordinary citizens concern about political confusion and uncertainty following the elections.
While Subhash Kashyap has very intelligently enumerated the possible options,I still believe that radical electoral reforms focusing on curbing post-poll alliances,where political parties fight against each other (and thus forge post-poll alliances only to share power) is necessary.
This is the only way to prevent phases of political instability and check the ever-increasing loss of faith of voters in the electoral exercise which lies at the heart of the biggest democracy in the world.
Voting for a particular party isnt giving it a mandate to tie-up with any which party after the elections.
Vitull K. Gupta Bathinda
Affront to voters
• SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadavs statement that he will support any coalition at the Centre that will dismiss the BSP government in UP is ludicrous and undemocratic.
The government in question was democratically formed,after the BSP attained a majority in the assembly polls in 2007. Hence,any misadventure to topple its government,in the middle of its term,will be utterly unconstitutional as well as an affront to the 20-odd crore people of the most populous state of the country. As regards BSP leader Mayawatis chances for the prime ministers post,they might actually be excellent.
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