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Published: July 20, 2015 12:13:00 AM

Bigger concerns than land Bill

Bigger concerns than land Bill

The meeting of chief ministers at Niti Aayog could be rendered futile with the boycott of most of the non-BJP chief ministers. Though it is argued by the top BJP leaders that the land Bill was aimed at granting a fair price to those from whom the land is acquired, the common man is well aware who is going to be benefited by the said law, the big corporates or the poor farmer and land-owners. It is not a mystery why despite such vehement protests from the public, farmers, the opposition parties, social workers and NGOs, the NDA government is bent on getting the land Bill passed. Everyone knows this rush is only to provide vast lands to big corporate and MNCs and is not at all in the interest of the land-owners. While there are umpteen number of issues like the Vyapam scam, Lalitgate scandal, rice scam in Chhattisgarh and a scam haunting BJP minister in Maharashtra Cabinet, Pankaja Munde, it is unfortunate that prime minister Modi, tight-lipped on these issues has, with all enthusiasm, pursued the passing of the land Bill. Let Modi’s conscience speak. Let people be the judge.

Tharcius S Fernando, Chennai

Standing up to Pak’s antics

This refers to the report “Response to Pak firing will be ‘forceful’: India” (July 17). India’s stern warning to Pakistan of an “effective and forceful” response to its unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism must be taken in all seriousness by Islamabad. The fact that India’s national security advisor Ajit K Doval himself (unusually) spoke thrice in the last two days to the Pakistani envoy in New Delhi and our foreign secretary also spoke to him once over the persistent cease-fire violations, speaks volume about the seriousness being attached by the government of the day. Given the manner in which this rouge state is again and again trying to create problems for India by resorting to unprovoked firing on border posts, to facilitate the ‘infiltration’ by the anti-India terrorists operating from its soil, this crude warning was the only natural reaction from any peace-loving nation like India. But, unfortunately, all this has happened just two days after the two prime ministers had agreed in Ufa (Russia) that the situation at border was not peaceful and there should be meetings between the military officials concerned manning the borders to resolve this issue. But old habits die hard and the result is once again before us.

SK Gupta, Delhi

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