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Democracy or dynasty rule
Dear Editor, Children are born to take care of the political life of their fathers, suits the current definition of democracy where dynastic rule becomes the norm. Without any hindrance one can say that democracy means that if father retires, moves to a higher state his son or daughter is the only valid person in the whole area or nation to be appointed as the head of that political party. Let's not point towards Pakistan, Bangladesh politics or any other Asian country, because being a weak democracy we can call them 'democratically immature' or 'undemocratic.' Being one the top most democratic country, this Papa-Daughter or Papa-Son politics rather democracy is on a rise in this country. Isn't it a shame? After Nawaz Sharief, we have Maryam Nawaz in the pipe line. After Papa Bhutto, it...
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Railway austerity
Dear Editor, Good idea of replacing sleeper-cars with chair-cars in short-distance rail-routes: But what about unused berths in first-class air-conditioned reserved by Parliamentarians Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has rightly mooted the idea for replacing non air-conditioned sleeper-coaches with chair-cars in short-distance rail-routes for increasing passenger-capacity and rail-revenue. But Union Railway Ministry should also look into aspect of an RTI response from Rajya Sabha Secretariat confirming that no cancellation-charges are levied on cancelled rail-reservation done by Parliamentarians because they are privileged with facility of free rail-travel. It is a bitter fact that all seats/berths in railways in first-class air-conditioned coaches are full much-much in advance mo...
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Prasar Bharti should abolish free time to political parties
Dear Editor, Prasar Bharti should abolish practice of giving free time to political parties on Doordarshan and All India Radio (Akashvani) during election-season. Practice started in an era when only these two public-broadcasters were there with no private Television-channels and radio-network existing has lost relevance because political parties afford huge money in election-campaign on private TV news-channels and other modes of communications. Otherwise also since political parties are not complying with full-bench CIC-verdict holding them under purview of RTI Act, it is senseless to provide such indirect government-funding to political parties in form of precocious time on Doordarshan and All India Radio (Akashvani). —Madhu Agrawal, 1775 Kucha Lattushah Dariba Delhi....
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Lower freight & fares
Dear Editor, In view of fall in prices of crude oil world over the prices of petrol and Diesel in India too are being lowered rapidly. It has been observed that whenever the prices of petroleum products were raised in the past the fare and freight were raised as transporters justifiably raise hue and cry for this due to which the commuters especially those who have to travel daily were the ultimate sufferers to bear the brunt of rise in fare and freight. Now when the prices of petrol and diesel have been lowered it become imperative to reduce fare and freight charges accordingly in order to provide some relief to the public as well, as after the withdrawal of city bus service by the S.R.T.C many years back, the common man is totally dependent on private transport service for moving abou...
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Naming roads and public institutions by auction
Dear Editor, It refers to a practical suggestion mooted by Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation for naming city-roads and public-institutions through auction. Otherwise also such institutions are named usually after political people having governed the system like their family-property. Auctioning names of roads and public institutions will also relieve authorities from pressures in naming these, like was earlier for VVIP numbers of cars. Rather such system should be considered at national level also too be adopted in states where presently political rulers misuse their authority in naming these after their political mentors. Congress having ruled the country for too long, named most of public-welfare schemes and institutions after Nehru-Gandhi family. Also at the same tim...
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Pak terror network
Dear Editor, This is in response to the Wagah border mayhem, on the Pakistani side, that took the lives of more than 60 innocent people and rendered many more injured. Pakistan establishment is hopeful that the army would take three to four years to crush terrorism. But the truth is that this problem cannot be solved only by physical elimination; there is also the issue of dealing with the ideology of terrorists. To find people who approve of this ideology is no difficult task. The terror network has infused in much propaganda through schools, colleges, seminaries or offices, producing mindsets with soft corners for a militant mindset and worldview. Fault lines in Pakistan society have crept up, because the country’s moderate political leadership have done nothing to set up a counternar...
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Missing Malaysian plane
Dear Editor It has been eight months since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which was heading for Beijing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur in March. The flight’s last radio contact was with the Malaysian Air Traffic Control while the plane was flying over the South China Sea. A search operation was launched with the backing of global expertise, costing millions of dollars, but in vain. Each aviation accident is a wake-up call in which experts and investigators pinpoint the mistakes and faults to ensure such flaws are never repeated to make air travel safer. Ostensibly, MH370 vanishing from the skies is a mystery similar to the disappearance of the famous ship, Mary Celeste, a British merchant brigantine, which was found drifting in December 1872, but...
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Missing Malaysian plane
Dear Editor It has been eight months since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which was heading for Beijing after taking off from Kuala Lumpur in March. The flight’s last radio contact was with the Malaysian Air Traffic Control while the plane was flying over the South China Sea. A search operation was launched with the backing of global expertise, costing millions of dollars, but in vain. Each aviation accident is a wake-up call in which experts and investigators pinpoint the mistakes and faults to ensure such flaws are never repeated to make air travel safer. Ostensibly, MH370 vanishing from the skies is a mystery similar to the disappearance of the famous ship, Mary Celeste, a British merchant brigantine, which was found drifting in December 1872, but...
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Government-accommodations, land to political parties be abolished
Dear Editor, Union and state governments provide land to political parties at highly subsidised rates, apart from providing government bungalows and other accommodations at rent much-much below the market-rate of that area. This is indirect government-funding making one of the grounds for political parties being under purview of RTI Act. Since political parties are not complying with full-bench CIC-verdict holding them under purview of RTI Act, Union and state governments should take immediate steps to abolish providing land at subsidised cost to political parties, and allotting government-accommodations to them. Buildings on land already provided by governments to political parties should be taken over by respective governments in case of split in a political party. Divisions-after div...
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Fight against IS factor
Dear Editor, A coalition of more than 60 nations across the globe has been formed to counter the IS campaign, which is probably the biggest alliance ever since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. The US has been carrying out air strikes against the IS since the end of August. Recently, US President Barack Obama announced that he would send 1,500 troops to battle the IS in parts of Syria and Iraq. The question: how does one address the existential threat of the IS and whether the best way is to purely employ a military solution. The latter can perhaps, curtail but not eliminate the IS threat and may well exacerbate the conflict. Escalating military action against the IS will be an exercise in futility because it will not make the ideology behind it disappear. An ideology or an or...
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No govt accommodations for political parties
Dear Editor, Union and state governments provide land to political parties at highly subsidised rates, apart from providing government bungalows and other accommodations at rent much below the market-rate of that area. This is indirect government-funding making one of the grounds for political parties being under purview of RTI Act. Since political parties are not complying with full-bench CIC-verdict holding them under purview of RTI Act, Union and state governments should take immediate steps to abolish providing land at subsidised cost to political parties, and allotting government-accommodations to them. Buildings on land already provided by governments to political parties should be taken over by respective governments in case of split in a political party. Divisions-after divisi...
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Mushrooming Dental Colleges
Dear Editor, Reports reveal unplanned rapid rise in number of dental colleges in country which may create problems for new passing-out youngsters to find proper professional placements in future. Undoubtedly people need better medical facilities with adequate number of specialists in different fields of profession. But care must also be taken that fresh graduates in dental surgery must not be frustrated to remain unemployed after spending so much mind and money on their studies. Permission to open private Dental colleges has become a lucrative business with students paying money in tune of millions for admission. Politicians play big role in managing permission for new dental-colleges which have mandatory requirement of approval by Dental Council. But it is shocking to know that many pr...
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Focus on co-curricular activities
Dear Editor, In Ganderbal, the Vijay Memorial Education institute (VMEI) Ganderbal last week celebrated children’s day with much fervor. In the school the children were seen making different stalls of tea, chicken and chocolates. The children of the institution enjoyed children’s day at their best. Some children after end of the stall-show threw light on the importance of children’s day and said “this day is celebrated in the memory of great leader and legend, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who not only set India free but rendered his best service in every nook and corner. He would love child that is why on his birth day children’s day is celebrated all over the country.” The students of the same institution later sung few songs in the reminiscence of Indian first Prime minister. The ch...
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Contributions to political parties
Dear Editor, It refers to significant verdict of Delhi High Court rejecting plea of some Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Parliamentarians to exempt from Income Tax, the bribe taken by them in the year 1993 for saving PV Narsimharao government at the centre. Plea of the Parliamentarians was that the bribe was taken for party-fund, and as such exempted from Income Tax. Time has come to abolish all often-misused exemptions under Income Tax Act including on contributions made and received by political parties and others including Non-Government-Organizations (NGOs) and charitable organizations. When political parties are not complying with full-bench verdict of Central Information Commission (CIC) for their being accountable under Right-To-Information (RTI) Act, it is highly improper of provid...
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Bring eunuchs in mainstream line
Dear Editor, Union government should arrange a census of eunuchs in the country by listing them in a separate gender as per Supreme Court order. National Eunuch Commission should be constituted. Union government should announce unrestricted admission to any educational institution (private or public) for free education to eunuchs without needing any reserved quota. Government should be duty-bound to make eunuchs join mainstream with parents of new-born eunuch child neither allowed nor necessitated to deject their eunuch-child to be handed over to isolated society of old eunuchs for begging, dancing or resorting to some anti-social activities. Rather criminal action should be taken against those parents who may disown transgender-child. Eunuchs forcing parents to part away with transgende...
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ASEAN meet
Dear Editor, The ASEAN meet has given India an opportunity to establish closer ties with a region, which has emerged as an economic bloc. Ignoring it for long has also allowed China to capture markets closer to the Indian borders, be it Myanmar or Thailand or even Indonesia, which is only 100 nautical miles away from Nicobar Islands. The relationship with ASEAN has a different fall out too. India’s distant borders get secured. Indonesia seeks to secure important choke points in the Indian Ocean such as Malacca, Sunda, Lambok straits. Jakarta’s earlier proposal for an Indo-Pacific treaty of friendship and cooperation supposes closer ties with countries such as India on transnational security challenges. In the wake of recent confrontation over Vietnamese oil well with China, this comes a...
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Rs 200 in journalists’ kits
Dear Editor, It refers to public-sector UCO Bank having sponsored press-conference at Puri (Orissa) for Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee for Union Ministry of Urban Development, where each kit distributed to journalists had currency-notes worth rupees two hundred, which were at one time tried to be justified as ‘conveyance-charge’ for the journalists! Journalists as part of their routine duty have to go from one place to other including attending press-conferences. It is for media-houses to reimburse conveyance-charges of journalists, and not for those sponsoring press-conferences. It is also correct that rupees two hundred is not such a big amount which can in any way be considered ‘bribe’ for journalists. Whole episode depicts mindless thought of some erring official/s of UCO Ba...
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Disposals of submissions made at PG-portal
Dear Editor It is usual practice that those having posted their submissions at Public-Griviance-Portal (www.pgportal.gov.in) maintained by Department of Administrative Reforms (Government of India) are informed through SMS and e-mail that their submissions are disposed off advising to visit the website for seeing details of disposal. But it is quite often that website does not provide sought details because of some web-error. Department of Administrative Reforms should direct all listed public-authorities to compulsorily send copy of disposal through e-mail provided by those having submitted submissions at the portal. Same should be done for submissions posted at President’s Helpline (www.helpline.rb.nic.in). Usually public-authorities close the matter by revealing that “subject-matter ...
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Unemployment
Dear Editor, Unemployment is a problem that has hit every part of the country in recent years, but the problem has become quite acute in Jammu and Kashmir. Unemployment can sometimes become so dangerous for individuals that they may end up suffering from depression and make suicide attempts. One of the reasons behind unemployment in India is that the country’s birth rate is far more than that which is optimal. This outruns the rate of economic development. Secondly, our present education system is also responsible for the plague of unemployment, as sufficient vocational education is not given to students. Teachers, too, seem to be barely concerned as to whether students are performing sufficiently well or not. Students are also regularly seen to use unfair means to pass exams. Other ca...
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