This refers to the report (July 25) that during the two-day orientation programme for newly elected members of the Rajya Sabha, a number of first timers in the House and the vice chairman Dinesh Chaturvedi expressed concern over the declining standards in public life, which is reflected in boisterous scenes and frequent adjournments of Parliament. As these are shown on the electronic media, not only Indian citizens but also foreigners are ashamed of our democracy and sullies the good image of our country.
Unfortunately, our politicians in power have not realised that both Houses contain either criminals or supporters of criminals and sensible politicians, media and citizens are worried and ashamed that the prestige of country is being lowered by them. What a shame that a Union minister who is chargesheeted and is on a non-bailable arrest warrant is absconding and is being protected by Congress politicians.
B S Ganesh
Many wonder why so much publicity is given to the will of Smt Priyamvada Birla, who was known to be a private person. Her will reinforces principles that she and her late husband stood for they were trustees of wealth held by them and the same should be earmarked for welfare and alleviating miseries of hapless poor. Her desire to trust RS Lodha should be respected. I do not find anything malafide in her decision to hand over reigns to Mr Lodha. Sumana B Baliga, San Jose, California
A Class Actor
So sad to know Mehmood is no more with us. This void cannot be filled. He was not only a comedian but also a class actor. He gave us some of most memorable songs in Sasural, Bhabhi Main rangeela pyar ka rahi which topped the charts in Binaca Geet Mala, Hum kale hain to kya huwa (Gumrah), Ek chatur naar in Padosan etc. Above all, Mehmood was a thorough gentleman.
Kelkars recommendations assume that lower and fewer rates will translate into tax buoyancy. But past experience has been quite different. Despite a sharp cut in direct and indirect taxes, the Centres tax-GDP ratio is below 10 per cent. This is a quote from your analysis (July 24). The third statement doesnt logically follow from the first two, does it More relevant would have been the change in the tax-GDP ratio.