US on Sri Lanka (Organiser, 25.3.2010); In the editorial titled ‘US on Sri Lanka’ in Organiser USA has been bitterly criticised and accused as the ‘biggest violator of human rights’. Not only that, Rajiv Gandhi has been shown as victim of LTTE excesses. The fact is that, Rajiv Gandhi had sent IPKF(Indian Peace Keeping Force) to establish peace and ensure proper implementation of ‘ceasefire’ between LTTE on one side and Sinhalese Forces and Muslim Home Guards on the other side. But Sinhalese broke the ceasefire and no action was taken by Rajiv Gandhi, inspite of complaint by the LTTE. The LTTE started retaliation, which was very much justified. Rajiv Gandhi ordered the IPKF to attack LTTE, which was very much unjustified, more so because Tamils were our own people and were the victims of cruelty by Sinhalese and Muslims. Rajiv Gandhi thought, that the Tamils being Hindus were like sheep and goats and it hardly matters if they are killed. This is exactly what Congress leaders do, when Hindus are killed in India by the Muslims, because the Hindus in India are actually behaving like sheep and goats. But LTTE are ‘Tigers’ and killed Raji Gandhi for his crime. It is shameful for India, that our government has been very careless about the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka. Millions were made homeless and forced to leave Sri Lanka, although they had been living there for more than a century. Certainly, USA deserves to be praised for taking up the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka, where 12 year old son of LTTE chief V Prabakaran was summarily executed by Sinhalese army. Your editorial lacks credibility and has twisted the facts.
Anand Prakash, 72, Sector-8 Panchkula: 134 109
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I have read your recent editorial on the US resolution against Sri Lankan Government. As a Sri Lankan born Hindu, I don”t agree with the views of the editorial. It is India who used the Tamil minorities for their own benefit and let us down very badly – history is very clear with proof. Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi never wanted US to have their hands in Sri Lanka so she encouraged separatist movements. I am not sure whether the editorial writer has ever visited Sri Lanka and seen the suffering of Hindu Tamilians? Even some true Buddhist Singhalese majority agree that Tamilians are not treated properly. I totally accept that evangelist of the western world is influencing western powers on Sri Lanka. If India had influenced its power properly, Sri Lanka would have been under their control. Due to the total failure of Indian Foreign Policy India has lost influence over all it”s neighbours—Nepal, Bhutan even Male and Sri Lanka. As a regional super power India should have been there to tell Sri Lankan government to treat its citizens equally. However this has not been the case. Repeated promises by the Sri Lankan Government to Indian Governments are never fulfilled. Are you aware that Indo – Lanka peace accord signed in 1987 is now redundant and now in the waste-paper basket. Basic issue of merger of North and East provinces mentioned in this accord is no more there. What India is doing on this? Yes we agree if India supports this US sponsored resolution against Sri Lankan Government, tomorrow this will become a precedence to bring such resolutions against India too. However you cannot justify this against the ever suffering Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka which India fails to take care of. Since 75 per cent of Jaffna population is still Hindus we should not make them suffer.
S Niranjan Nanthagopan ([email protected])?
Hate Modi industry still unrelenting (Organiser, 22.4.2012); This is with reference to Aditya Pradhan’s article in Organiser. It is good to know that the west has also begun to be impacted by the magic of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Modi has proved how, in a pluralistic society, deftly managed process of economic growth can also promote harmony between different sections of the people. Gujarat has moved far ahead of the tragic experience it encountered in 2002. There has not been a single case of communal disturbance in the State since then. On the contrary, the fruits of development in Gujarat are being shared by everyone in the State regardless of their caste, religion or colour. This is what is called inclusive development. In Modi’s prudent management of Gujarat lies a lesson for our politicians who only talk of inclusive development but actually practice the politics of division for votes. That the people are fed up of such division politics is clear from the recent results of the Assembly elections held in five states. Yet the danger of caste and religious politics remains. Modi has demonstrated that it is possible to keep aside these consideration and yet remain in power. There is no other State which has suffered such trauma as Gujarat did in 2002 and still rose to greater heights in economic and social development under Modi’s leadership.
MAHESH Chandra Sharma, E-198, Panki, Kanpur
Bypassing real issues unjustified fury on Team Anna (Organiser, 8.4.2012); This is with reference to the editorial of Organiser. Anna Hazare is right when he says that it is the MP’s by their despicable behaviour, who have desecrated the sacred democratic institution of the Parliament and not those who criticise it. Are our MP’s and MLA’s so pure and right that they are above criticism? Our MP’s are upset with Anna Hazare because he has called a spade a spade. Social activist Arvind Kejriwal has rightly pointed out that more than 20 per cent of elected representatives are facing criminal charges. He is not wrong in stating that it is the fault of common man who has voted criminals to power. It is the common man, i.e. aam aadmi who is powerful and not the MP’s since it is the aam aadmi who electes a MP. It is also true that our MP’s are scared of the Lokpal Bill and that is why they don’t want to pass it in the Parliament.
Ritha Sagar, Chennai
Join politics and save India (Organiser, 1.4.2012); This is with reference to the article ‘Nationalist must join politics and save India’ by JG Arora on page No 44 of the Organiser’s Varsh Pratipada Special. At the outset I congratulate the entire team of the Organiser for bringing out the graceful Varsha Pratipada Special and pray God that every issue should be as good as this one. We Hindus are well aware that we are living on this planet since more than 5,000 years. Sans Hindu society and sans Hindu vote-bank the Hindus are slowly and gradually losing their territory and population to Pan-Islamic and Pan-Christian forces in one way or the other. Despite knowing fully well that without Hindu vote-bank Hindus can never prosper, Hindu leaders are not putting any effort to create a Hindu vote-bank. Our religious leaders misguide us by saying that religion is separate form politics. Hindus go to temples and follow all rituals and vote for those who are Islamising and Christianising India. I urge through your weekly that every temple should become a hub of Hindu vote-bank and every religious leader should strive for formation of Hindu vote-bank and convert India into a solid Hindu theocracy. This is what exactly we are avoiding . A mullah in the mosque ask Muslims to vote for Congress or Muslims for religious favours. A Father in the church asks Christians to vote for Congress or Christians in return for political or religious favours. Why are Hindu jagat gurus still avoiding this and causing irreparable damage to the Hindus and Hinduism. Can’t these religious leaders see mass conversion of Hindus; haj subsidy to Muslims; Jerusalem subsidy to Christians; free education to Muslims and Christians; job security and all such privileges to Muslims and Christians only. Not only Congress, Mulayam, Mayawati, Pakistan, Bangladesh but China too wants to divide India into small Christian and Islamic theocracies. If we don’t want that Christians and Muslims should dominate on Hindus—all the Hindus should unit and save themselves from getting enslaved by having a strong Hindu vote-bank.
Pramod Prabhakar Valsangkar, Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad: 500 060
Mamata challenge West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to ban English newspapers from public libraries in the State is a regressive one. Infact the West Bengal government is following more-or-less the same policies that were adopted by the Left Front. During its rule the CPI(M) ensured that no other newspaper other than its mouth piece, Ganashakti is distributed in rural Bengal. English was also banned in primary schools in 1970’s . Restricting public access only to government friendly newspapers which used to give the people filtered information, all praise for the government and no criticism. By restricting the English newspapers in libraries of West Bengal, she is interfering in the Fundament Right of the citizens , i.e. Freedom of Speech and Expression.
ASHOK SENGUPTA, Civil Lines, Kolkata
Rs 30,000 crore pumped into Air India: Will it fly? UPA government has approved the sanction of Rs 30,000 crore in favour of a poorly performing national carrier—Air India. My question is, being fully aware that the Aviation Sector is keeping all time low and having losses, then why is it that the government wants to invest more and more in the lame horse? Why don’t it pull its share from Air India and let it run by the private bidder? I am not being negative on the issue, but when I look back at the past scenario related to such investments, I find it hard to believe the positive outcome of such initiatives. What I strongly feel is that after investing 30,000 crore on sick Air India, the government will sell it to some private enterprise for a petty amount. That is the irony of our system. That is what our government and so-called intellectual politicians have done in the past and it will be no surprise if they do it again in the case of Air India.
NIKHIL AGGARWAL, Faridabad
Assurance should be reflected in action I hope Hindu minority in Pakistan living in pathetic condition will get relief to some extent following the assurance given to them by the Minister-in-charge for National Harmony, Government of Pakistan, in respect of protecting their temples and shrines. However mere verbal utterance of the Minister won’t remove horror from the minds of the Hindus. That should be reflected in action forthwith. It is the primary duty of Pakistan government to protect the lives and properties of minorities at any cost and make them fearless.
Sridhar V Kulkarni, Kalyan (West): 421 301
Kudos to EC Kudos to the Chief Election Commissioner and his team for putting in tremendous effort to ensure smooth conduct of Assembly elections in five states. The Election Commission’s initiatives such as preparation of voter’s list, enrolment, etc were instrumental in creating awareness among the people. Not surprisingly the Assembly polls witnessed high voter turnouts. The Commission also deserves credit for ensuring that the elections were free and fair. However, it is high time that our political parties complements the efforts of the Election Commission for cleaning up the electoral process and should help the EC by denying tickets to candidates with criminal backgrounds.
RAMINDER SINGH, B-224, Naraina Industrial Area, Delhi
Gender equality not in practice It is indeed strange that the government which swears by the principle of gender equality never puts it into practice. Take for example the latest in an ongoing series of women-appeasing enactments. The proposed law entitles a woman to file for divorce, but quite intriguingly, denies the same right to her husband. What is more disgusting is the Section of the yet-to-be-passed amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act. It totally prohibits the hubby from challenging such a divorce petition filed by his better half. In other words, it means that the aggrieved woman, who approaches the court for a decree of separation, becomes the prosecutor as well as the judge. Can an alert citizen file an application with the judiciary challenging the constitutional validity of this draconian measure which intends to discriminate between the two sexes?
ARUN MALANKAR, G-1, St Sebestian Classic CHS, Sunder Nagar No 3, Kalina, Santa Cruz (E), Mumbai: 400 098
Maya’s assets doubled to rupees 112 crore In ‘Mera Bharat Mahan’ where thousands of people die of starvation, where majority of the population is below the poverty line politicians such as Mayawati is rolling in money. I was shocked to learn that Mayawati who calls herself a Dalit ki bati, assets doubled during her chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh, from Rs 52 crore in 2007 to Rs 111.64 crore when she filed her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha elections. In 2010, when Mayawati contested the legislative council elections a second time (in 2007 she had fought byelection, hence a need to seek a re-election) she had declared total assets of Rs 88 crore. A close look reveals that she ruled for 58 months and increase in her wealth in this period was Rs 59 crore—a growth of Rs 1 crore per month. Her recent affidavit showed immovable assets worth Rs 96.38 crore and movable over Rs 15.26 crore. Besides Rs 10.2 lakh cash in hand, the dalit leader has around Rs 14 crore in five bank accounts, murals worth Rs 15 lakh, a revolver valued at Rs 5,390 and gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 96.53 lakh. Her immovable assests worth Rs 96.38 crore include residential and commercial buildings in Delhi and Lucknow. In Delhi she has two commercial buildings in Connaught Place.
RANJANA UPADHYAYA, Lucknow