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The truth has finally surfaced. The verdict of the special court on February 21 which convicted 31 accused for tourching the Sabarmati Express returning from Ayodhya carring karsevaks, has given a blow to those who called the ghastly carnage as an accident and played communal politics in the name of religion. The judgment has vindicated the Gujarat government’s stand that the incident was pre-planned. However I felt bad that the special court acquitted 63 other accused which includes Maulana Umarji and Bilal Hussain Kalota, described by prosecution as main conspirators.
-SIKANDER ALI, Chatta Bazar,
Conspiracy against Hindus This refers to the articles "The on-going loot of Hindus Temples" by MV Kamath in Organiser dated 23.1.11, and "The political conspiracy against young India" by OP Gupta in Organiser dated 30.1.11. In both the articles it has been described in detail how the anti-Hindu Congress government is misusing the resources and income of Hindu temples, and how Hindus are been treated as third class citizens in the matter of education and employment in government undertakings and departments. Aurangzeb and foreign Muslim rulers and invaders were not so dangerous, as the Hindus felt. But these Jaichands i.e. anti-Hindu Congressmen are more dangerous, as they have Hindu names, a common man is not able to identify them. Infact much more serious discrimination against the Hindus had started right in 1947 at the time of Partition of India, when Hindus and Sikhs were being mercilessly looted, slaughtered, and young girls and women were abducted and raped- Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Congress took no responsibility for their safety and protection. What to talk of protection, there was not even a single protest by these new rulers of unlucky truncated India. Nehru was enjoying wine and alcohol along with many other khadi clad and Gandhi capped Congress leaders in the company of Lord Mountbatten on the mid-night of 14-15 August 1947, when the slaughter of Hindus and Sikhs was at its peak in Pakistan. What is happening now to the Hindus in their own homeland is nothing new as compared to what happened in 1947, and again in 1971 in Bangladesh (East Pakistan). If the Hindus do not wake-up and unite, more and more would happen.
-ANAND PRAKASH, 72/Sector-8,
Modi should come to the forefront The present chaotic situation in the country and the lack of governance which has become the hallmark of the UPA regime shows that India needs a strong leader like Shri Narendra Modi to be at the helm of affairs. If the BJP has to emerge as the political alternative on the national scene, it must project a strong leader. Sadly after Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee and Shri LK Advani we do not see any strong national leader in the BJP. Shri Modi should come to the national level immediately without waiting to win a fourth term in Gujarat.
-RANJANA UPADHYAYA, 119/133, Bamba Road, Kanpur
Opposition is right in its demand for JPC The CBI could have arrested former Telecom Minister A Raja and former Telecom secretary Siddharth Behura months ago. However latest developments in the 2 G Spectrum Scam strengthens the BJP’s demand for a joint Parliamentary Committee as the first arrest came three years after the scandal was exposed. If this is the speed of the investigation, there is little hope of recovering the loot. That the CBI has found evidences of malfeasance when no less a stalwart then Sibal tried to choreograph a cover-up speaks volume. The Opposition is right in its demand for a JPC, which if constituted will expedite the investigation.
-RAMINDER SINGH, B-234, Naraina Industrial Area, Phase:1
Judgement on Godhra The Godhra case is one of the most sensitive cases in India because it led to a great communal flare-up with the result of 1,000 deaths. It is satisfying that the judge in the Godhra case upheld the conspiracy theory but it is really surprising that the judge has acquitted 63 undertrials including the prime conspirator Umarji. In Australia we have no Contempt of Court Act. The media and even the common people can criticise the judgements. I remember one case in which a judge had left some criminals who were jihadis with minor punishments. There was hue and cry in the media. The Australian Parliament took notice of this and amended the law suitably. As a result the jihadis were booked for 21 years.
-AMAR JIT SINGH GORAYA, 30 Gillmartin Dr Griffith NSW, Australia 2680
Be cautious If you receive a phone call on your ‘Mobile Phone’ from any person saying that they are checking your mobile line or going to give you some offer/ prize, and ask you to press #90 or #09 or any other number, end that call immediately without pressing any number. There is a company in Pakistan that is using a device by which, once you press #90 or #09 they can access your SIM card and make calls at your expense. They are misusing it to make calls from Indian numbers. Forward this message to as many friends as you can, to stop it. This information has been confirmed by both the phone companies, i.e. Motorola and Nokia. There are over 3 million mobile phones which have been affected by this. You can check this news at CNN web site.
-B V RAO, 66, ‘Vinaya Purna’, 5th Cross
Netaji Layout, Attiguppe Vijayanagara,
Bengaluru 556 004
Manmohan Singh directly responsible for government’s mistakes (Organiser, 13.3.11); No Prime Minister in India’s history has ever expressed helplessness in facing challenges that have come up during his or her tenure. No PM has ever tried to correct his image at the expense of his party or his coalition partners. While trying to correct his image, Manmohan Singh did not come out as the king as he was during the major part of his tenure. He emerged as a man not in control who, however, instead of accepting his own accountability, blamed his party and colleagues for all wrongs. What is his helplessness all about evern if he considers it is due to the compulsions of coalition politics? If Manmohan Singh is the PM today, it is only became the Congress is in coalition government. But coalition politics is not a licence for corruption and inefficiency. Even Morarji Desai, Charan Singh, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandra Shekhar, PV Narasimha Rao, IK Gujaral, HD Deve Gowda and AB Vajpayee never showed their helplessness. When their time was up, they just went but did not blame political situations, colleagues and circumstances. I remember the humble but strong willed Lal Bahadur Shastri, acclaimed for his strident defence of the country during 1965 Indo-Pak conflict and gave call for ‘missing a meal’ every Monday so that food shortage could be tackled. He never showed his helplessness. Manmohan Singh must learn from his predecessors and dig in his heels to fight corruption and inefficiency, the creation of UPA government.
-GIRDHARILAL AGARWAL, 26, City Apartments, Jaipur
VVIP cell in Tihar Jail It refers to a news-item regarding former Union Communication Minister A Raja having been put in a cell with VIP status where even two other prisoners have been deputed to take proper care of the VIP prisoner. Report also reveals that the VIP cell earlier having accommodated known dignitaries like Sukhram, HKL Bhagat, Chandraswamy, etc also, has apart from other added facilities, greenery and a farmhouse like hut also. Even room-freshner was sprayed in the cell to welcome the VIP prisoner A Raja. It is totally unfair in a democratic society to discriminate even prisoners with someone getting special VIP status and even been served by fellow prisoners. Jail manual should be modified to abolish all discriminations amongst various categories of prisoners. However if circumstances demand special security for some prisoners, then a separate ward with adequate security provisions can be there but with no added facility available there.They should be provided the same things which are given to ordinary prisoners.
-SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL, 1775 Kucha Lattushah, Dariba, Chandni Chowk, Delhi 110 006
Stop aping western culture Youngsters today are aping the western culture. That is why we see today Valentine Day celebrations getting bigger by the day. It is basically being promoted by the multi-national companies to promote the sale of their products. The day has become more of a tamasha where money makes the mare go. We are so blind in copying the western culture that we don’t even take interest in knowing what is the history behind the Valentine Day. The day can be celebrated in more than one way. It can be a day to express gratitude towards anyone or a day to take a pledge to give up bad habits-and not just by buying expensive gift items for someone you like.
-MANMOHAN KRISHNA MALHOTRA, 26, Model Town-II, New Delhi
People losing faith in Congress I would like to congratulate BJP for winning five seats in the recently concluded by-elections held in Madhya Pradesh, Jaharkhand, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. This shows that people of India are gradually realising that the Congress is a party consisting of crooked people who are involved in all sorts of scams. It is not at all interested in the welfare of aam admi. The BJP’s victory is an indication of its rising popularity. What has come as a surprise is that it has won the Kukshi and Sonkatch Assembly seats held by the Congress till now. It is a clear indication that people of India are losing confidence in Congress.
-RAVINDER SINGH SACHAN, B-19,
India’s Cabinet Minister Shri Krishna, our Foreign Affairs Minister reads out the wrong speech at the UN General Assembly. He continues it for about three minutes till our Representative at the UN, Shri Puri stops him. What a degree of carelessness and absent-mindedness? Earlier in Afghanistan he shamelessly mentions his host country as Pakistan. And in Pakistan he could not stand tall to his counterpart, Shri Qureshi(the then Foreign Minister of that country). This is a great tribute to our Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and obviously the Government of India, who claims India as an emerging world-power. Mr Manmohan Singh is an honest individual, but being an appointed Prime Minister is not a very honest and capable politician!
-BK CHAUDHARI, Royal W. Cresc, The Oakalls, B60 2TJ, Worcestershire