February 12, 2014 3:03:30 am
* We should be grateful to Mani Shankar Aiyar for telling us ‘What Rahul wants’ (IE, February 11), lest it remained a mystery. In fact, Rahul Gandhi should be thankful to Aiyar for enlightening him about what he really wants. If panchayat raj is Rahul’s priority, he can advise his Delhi MLAs to vote for the Swaraj Bill, which is being introduced by the AAP.
— H.H. Kulkarni
* This refers to ‘House should function through debate not disruptions: Pranab’ (IE, February 11). It is unfortunate that President Pranab Mukherjee had to intervene on the issue of frequent disruptions in Parliament. I agree that it is important for all stakeholders — government, political parties, their leaders and parliamentarians — to introspect and follow sound parliamentary conventions and rules. Reports of MPs tearing papers and snatching microphones from the chairpersons of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are truly shocking. What will the younger generation learn from these unruly leaders, who are supposed to be the “leading lights” of the nation?
— R.K. Kapoor
No more excuses
* With the Justice Mudgal panel report placing Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of N. Srinivasan, in the dock, the BCCI president’s fig leaf of an excuse — that people should wait for the panel’s report to become public before jumping to conclusions — is no longer valid (‘IPL betting: Panel indicts BCCI chief’s son-in-law’, IE, February 11). With his detractors once again sharpening their knives, can Srinivasan still dig his heels in and refuse to acknowledge his son-in-law’s misdeeds? The Supreme Court, to whom the panel’s report was submitted, is certain to take stock of its contents and recommend action to be taken against those indicted in the report. It would be in the best interests of Indian cricket if the Mudgal panel’s recommendations for cleaning up the game were implemented in letter and spirit.
— C.V. Aravind
High and dry
* The two-day bank staff strike by employees of nationalised banks has made life miserable for the common man. Senior citizens along with the business community, were the most affected. Since ATMs went dry on Saturday itself, senior citizens were forced to fend for themselves. One wonders if bank employees’ demand for increased wages is legitimate given how well paid they are compared to other government employees. In any event, causing inconvenience to the public is uncalled for.
— S. Ramachandran
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