Watching the UPA
* The editorial,The political way (IE,April 23),has correctly pointed out that the onus lies on the UPA government to ensure that both Houses run smoothly. In a way,this session of Parliament will prove to be a litmus test for the governments persuasive and communication skills. The UPA is in a spot of bother,not only because it has to answer dissatisfied parties in the House,but also because it needs to feel the pulse of popular sentiment. Hundreds have taken to the streets to fight for the issues affecting our society. How the government manages to soothe the frayed nerves of the people,without upsetting certain time-tested policies,will be watched with great interest. The government will also have to take a firm stand on two major issues that have rocked Parliament the law ministers alleged interference in the CBIs report on coal allocations and the 2G JPCs report. The UPA lacks the numbers to bring in major legislative changes. So it is all the more important for it to seek the co-operation of opposition parties.
* THE brutal rape of a five-year-old in Delhi has triggered protests again. There are also demands for Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar to resign. In response,he has said that his resigning will not change much. Meanwhile,the home minister said that such cases happen all over the country,not just in Delhi. The protests in Delhi address rape across the country. Since Delhi is the political capital and houses the countrys top leadership,it makes sense to hold protests there. Meanwhile,the city itself has seen a rise in rape cases,which casts serious doubts on the authorities in charge of the Capital. When a government is unable to tackle such heinous crimes,its members should resign on moral grounds.
Vijay D. Patil
* THIS refers to the the article Power of the rurban by M.K. Venu (IE,April 22). Indias social and economic fabric is changing,with more and more people moving from a rural way of life to a semi-urban way. As the author argues,this phenomenon will affect election results and determine the government at the Centre. This segment of the population also constitutes a large part of civil society and contributes robustly to the economy.
Aman Kant Panta
* APROPOS Face-off escalates,China envoy called in (IE,23 April),India has always been mild in dealing with Chinese incursions into its territory. Chinas expansionist dreams are no secret. It has often claimed parts of Arunachal Pradesh as its territory. India not only plays down these incidents,but it also lags behind on developing infrastructure along the border.