• This refers to Shekhar Guptas Sadak aur sarkar. Allow me to focus on the Kashmir verdict. It has,indeed,confounded the separatists. The common man in J&K is wide awake to his daily needs,which cannot be met by violence. They have voted a young leader,Omar Abdullah,to power. As Gupta rightly points out,Omars speech in the Lok Sabha I am a Muslim and an Indian is a new mindset. The Congress has got a golden opportunity to demonstrate its ability to deliver good governance,both in the state and at the Centre. We are in the middle of a transformation from vote banks to governance for results which Gujarat,under Modi,has pulled off already.
Parimal Y. Mehta
• Shekhar Gupta has very nicely analysed the mind of the Indian voter in Sadak aur sarkar in the recent elections held in MP,Rajasthan,Delhi,Chhattisgarh and J&K. The Indian voter has become mature; he casts his vote in the assembly elections with an eye on the visible developmental and civic works in his state while for parliamentary elections he exercises his choice,keeping his watch on national issues. Voter behaviour has become more sophisticated and unpredictable. Political leaders,as also the pundits and psephologists who fail to acknowledge that change,will cut sorry figures.
Dilbag Rai Chandigarh
• This refers to Sadak aur sarkar. This new trend is for the following reasons. One,people are tired of old promises in the name of caste,religion,and fear. Kashmiris are getting killed by seperatists (They have seen ill treatment handed to Muslims who migrated to Pakistan at the time of Partition.). Two,increase in number of young voters. Three,use of electronic voting machines has led to transparent election process. Four,voting is on the basis of development issues,where voters of one state are inspired those of other states. Its like a movement.
Nikhil Sharma Nagpur
Off the cuff
• The recent amended provisions in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) stipulate that no arrest be made by police in those cognisable offences where the maximum term of punishment is seven years or less,but what would happen if an offence under this category is classified as non-bailable? Would the police issue a notice of appearance instead of arresting a person accused of such an offence? It would make the provision of seeking a bail from a competent court in such offences redundant. This aspect should not have been overlooked while amending the CrPC. No doubt,the arrest should be made only in exceptional circumstances as also has been observed by the Supreme Court time and again; but without comprehensive amendment worked into all the relevant statutes the new provision will not take us very far.