Country versus corruption
Not only has the Lalitgate opened a Pandora’s box, but it has also caused unnecessary criticism. At the same time, we must understand that rampant corruption, petty politics and other administrative loopholes are among the reasons that have slowed down the country’s growth. It may be recalled that according to a recent UN report corruption continues to be a crippling problem in the Asia-Pacific. Transparency and accountability in the administration are essential for fighting the evil of corruption. In this regard, the Right to Information (RTI) Act is the key to tackling corruption and other unethical activities that are coming in the way of the growth of our country. Finally, the current controversy must be resolved without disturbing the ambience of governance prevailing in the country.
P Senthil Saravana Durai
Advani’s Emergency remarks
Mentors know the minds of their proteges well. LK Advani’s long mentoring of Narendra Modi qualifies him more than anyone else to speak on the possible correlation between what the incumbent Prime Minister is capable of doing and what may be in store for the country as he did in his own subtle way. The veteran’s perspicacious Emergency remark has accentuated the concerns over the ruling dispensation’s scant regard for democratic institutions and civil liberties. The octogenarian’s observation that “forces that can crush democracy are stronger now” cannot be dismissed as a mere swipe at the PM and the forces rallying behind him by a sidelined leader. More to the point, when democratically elected governments headed by leaders with an authoritarian streak find themselves unable to have their way and lose public support, they sometimes resort to undemocratic means like the imposition of Emergency for the continued exercise of power in the name of “larger public good”. The excesses of Emergency still linger in our memory. All those who do not wish to see the horrors of Emergency re-enacted have to unite and resist any attempt made to curtail our hard-won democratic rights.
G David Milton
Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu
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