Letters to the editor

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Published: January 30, 2016 12:20:33 AM

All the president’s men

All the president’s men
Excerpts of president Pranab Mukherjee’s memoir, The Turbulent Years:1980-96, must have enthused many and made them yearn for an early read of the same. No doubt, as opined by him, Rajiv Gandhi committed an unpardonable mistake by opening the Ram Janmabhoomi site. Further, it was not the inability of former PM Narasimha Rao to prevent the demolition of the Babri Masjid, as mentioned by Mukherjee, but the his tacit support for the demolition of the mosque that made him to go into a selective slumber till the mosque was brought down. Though the president is also well aware of this fact, he has chosen to spare his former boss for obvious reasons. However, he has not failed to record his anger against Rao’s vicious act and that of those hooligans who literally demolished Babri Masjid when he terms the demolition ‘an act of absolute perfidy which should make all Indians hang their heads in shame’
Tharcius Fernando
Chennai

Solar scam truth
The solar scam in Kerala, with its dramatic twists and turns, continues to rock the state. The High Court’s suspension of the vigilance court’s order to file FIR, with an indictment of the vigilance court for “acting mechanically without knowing the nature and extent of its powers”, came as a relief to chief minister Oommen Chandy. With a convergence of their political interests, the state units of BJP and CPI(M)—seemingly bitter rivals—have joined hands, albeit discreetly, to secure his scalp. It is hardly surprising, given the state’s demographic profile and the composition of these two parties. Saritha Nair’s disclosure that she paid bribes to chief minister Chandy’s aides sounded highly improbable. There is a manifest inconsistency between her present revelation and her earlier statements. Till the other day, she claimed that Chandy was like a father figure to her. Not long ago she said that the Left Democratic Front tried to influence her with an offer of R10 crore. She would have been more convincing if she revealed the source of a whopping R1.9 crore she confessed to being paid as bribe. Interestingly, her cheque for R2 lakh as donation to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund bounced. Can anything that a swindler given to inconsistent depositions says be taken at face value? It is just incredible that a con businesswoman would give so much cash without immediate monetary benefits while striking shady deals. The irony of the situation is that a lady who duped investors in her company and enjoyed life in the fast lane uninhibitedly and provoked the opposition leader VS Achuthanandan to call her an ‘astute liar’ is now looked up to as a saviour-like figure descending on the state to rid it of corruption. The proximity of Nair to politicians seem to have sustained the popular interest in the political drama tinged with sleaze.
G David Milton
Maruthancode, Tamil Nadu

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