Trials and error
* I agree with the editorial,The same failure (IE,April 30). The executive and the legislature have failed to do their duty. So the judiciary is often forced to step in and intervene. The root cause of the failure of the political executive is the widespread corruption among politicians,who put their own interests above those of the nation. They are not concerned with the aspirations of the people of this country,neither are they affected by the deterioration in living conditions caused by price rise. Politicians are seen obstructing Parliament and state assemblies,often on trivial issues. These politicians do not seem to care that large amounts of money are wasted with every stalled session of Parliament. Only if we have honest people in power,those whose integrity cannot be challenged,can the judiciary go back to its job of upholding the law,instead of stepping into the political arena.
* THE enthusiastic response to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modis visit to Karnataka confirms his status as the BJPs most popular leader. The party is now planning to have him campaign in Mangalore and Belgaum as well. The BJP in the state is battered by corruption charges,factional feuds and defections. It may be too late for Modi to effect a big voter shift in favour of the BJP in Karnataka,given the record of its local leaders. But the response to Modi in Karnataka could help him stake his claim in Delhi.
* THIS refers to the editorial A big fuss (IE,April 30). Our politicians are a spoilt tribe. They seem unable to deal with power responsibly,they see themselves as above the law and they demand obedience from public servants. A culture of sycophancy here gives them a sense of importance. In other countries,where rules are placed above personality,they have trouble adjusting. Given this state of affairs,Azam Khans fit of rage was only to be expected. But by accusing the foreign affairs minister,Salman Khurshid,of complicity in the insult,he displays his ignorance.
* UP MINISTER Azam Khans over-the-top reaction to a routine frisking makes evident his assumption that he cannot be treated like an ordinary citizen. The US is right to beef up security at airports in the wake of the Boston bomb blasts and it was not specifically designed to harass the UP minister. Both Akhilesh Yadav and Khan have been churlish and immature in their reactions. When will our leaders learn to respect the law of the land and set their egos aside? Their irresponsible conduct leaves a bad impression about Indian politicians in America. Azam Khan is not more important than former president Abdul Kalam,who bore the frisking without a fuss because of respect for the law.