The Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting in Paris has once again given impetus to the dialogue between India and Pakistan regarding. In the past, whenever attempts for resumption of dialogues were made, terrorist attacks were witnessed. Whenever it so happened, India continued to take a stand that resumption of dialogues with Pakistan, which was promoting terror factories on the one hand and coming for talks on the other, would be an exercise in futility. Now, the onus rests with Pakistan to ensure that the attempt of ultras to scuttle the dialogue process is thwarted.
Not above the law
By vociferously protesting against the summons issued to the Gandhi mother-son duo for deposition at the High Court in the National Herald case, what are the Congressmen are insinuating? Do they want to suggest that India’s independent and impartial judiciary is acting at the behest of the ruling BJP? Or, do they want to proclaim the Gandhis as above the law? Sonia Gandhi, who has stated that she is the daughter-in-law of the late Indira Gandhi and that she had nothing to fear, should remind her party-men that it was the Iron Lady herself who, during her tenure as PM, encouraged “committed judges”—members of the judiciary towing the policy line of the party in power while delivering their judgments.
At odds with ground reality
Apropos of the edit “Odd policy, make it even” (FE, December 8), the Delhi government has come up with an asinine scheme to restrict car traffic while permitting the movement of commercial vehicles. It has said that odd-numbered vehicles will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while even-numbered vehicles will run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. What are the options for commuters? Consider this: The DTC fleet, which carries 3.5 million people across the city and NCR every day, is down to 4,712 buses from 6,204 five years ago after discarding worn-out vehicles. Delhi needed 11,000 buses way back in even 2010, it has only 40% that today and, thanks to the extreme congestion—which a properly-functioning BRT would have fixed—even these buses don’t run at more than 75% of their capacity. The transport department issued a tender for 1,880 buses four months ago, but no bidder came forward. The auto-rickshaws rank closely behind DTC and metro, but drivers often refuse passengers. Delhi has 80,000 autos but 90% cannot go around in the NCR, forcing commuters to use cars or taxis. Unless the government can increase the size of the bus fleet and the number of trains in the metro rail, there is no chance of these drastic measures succeeding.
MM Gurbaxani, Bangalore
Where are the opposition parties in the states? Except for Gujarat, where the opposition party was buoyed by the disappointment of the rural population with the ruling dispensation, and perhaps Tamil Nadu, where the opposition has used the flood havoc to attack the AIADMK government, the states are all witnessing a snoring opposition. In Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati seems to be biding her time. The Left is in a coma in both Kerala and West Bengal. Odisha seems to be a fiefdom for the BJD. In Madhya Pradesh, after making some noise about corruption allegedly involving CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Congress party has again gone back to its slumber. In Delhi, the opposition is, simply put, irrelevant. This is not a healthy democracy at all.