• The IPL is not merely a sporting event or business endeavour. Its the celebration of human spirit. The Indian government and the BCCI have both failed the nation. The IPL has moved to another country,thereby giving the impression that India has played into the hands of terrorists. Cricket is also a critical unifying force in a divided nation,which has become the latest victim of terror. The biggest losers are those that love the game.
• No doubt voters are amused by the blame game between L.K. Advani and Manmohan Singh,where each regards the other as a weak candidate. Priyanka Gandhi on the other hand has lambasted Varun Gandhi and the BJP looks set to rescue him. It should not be forgotten that in a democratic system a political party carries weight and should harness a respectable image. Unfortunately,Indian parties are being downright opportunistic,as can be seen from changing allegiances. This places further pressure on the voter to understand who and what he is really voting for.
Losing its edge
• The last few election results at the Centre reveal that it is post-poll coalitions rather than the pre-poll alliances that actually make or break the government. Nevertheless,mismanaging pre-poll alliances negatively impacts a partys post-poll chances. The Congress,by doing so,has lost the edge,which otherwise would have helped it dominate the post-poll dynamics.
• This refers to the editorial,Less of the same. Its true that,in the inevitable compromises of coalition government,manifesto promises are not always kept. Yet,the Congress manifestos promise of loans and scholarships to students is welcome. If this single promise is kept,even partially,it can make the nation a developed one over a single generation. It will also fulfil the ideal of quality and merit in our national life.
Parimal Y. Mehta
• The people of India need to be conversant with electoral laws and mechanisms. For instance,those in rural areas need more information on casting their votes through EVMs. For the sake of democracy,voting must be voluntary,free and fair; free from all forms of electoral violence. Since citizens are entrusted with electing their representatives who then have control over the political life of the country,the dissemination of this knowledge is crucial.