Readers’ Forum: Why special privilege to Robert and Priyanka?
The decision of the Union Home Ministry to continue allowing Robert and Priyanka Vadras frisking-free entrance and exit at airports shows that the Ministry is still gripped by a feudal mindset even after change of government. Under what rule or legal provision has this concession been granted to the Vadra family is a legitimate question to be asked by the people of India to the Home Ministry. Will the Ministry give a guarantee to the effect that national interests will never be put to jeopardy by this concession?
Ajay K. Mittal, 97 Khandak, Meerut UP – 250 002
US takes 180 degrees turn
It is indeed a case of 180 degrees turn around by the US. Till the evening of May 16, 2014, Mr. Narendra Modi was considered as a taboo and pariah for the grant of an American visa. From that moment onwards, he became the most sought-after personality for the mandarins of the White House. So much so, that, there was a competition between top functionaries of the US govt to invite Shri Modi to pay an official visit to their country. Right from the President and the Secretary of State downwards, all are now looking forward to a meeting between the Indian Prime Minister and the US President, and that too on the American soil itself; an event considered totally unthinkable about 25 days ago.
Arun Malankar, [email protected]
Transparency and Competition in Schools
(Organiser, 4.5.2014); This refers to the article ‘Transparency and Competition in Schools’ by Dr. Bharat Jhunjhunwala in Organiser. Whether it is Government or Private School we see people attributing bad education for various reasons like infrastructure, instruments and equipments and syllabus etc. But as a part of my life experience the teaching standards are the core part of good education and therefore accordingly the teacher should be first well equipped, trained and well prepared, other factors may or may not effectively effect much. Here I again wish to point out the example provided by the writer himself, as to which the so-called standard school did Lal Bahadur Shastri studied. The fact is that he must have come across good set of teachers who shaped his life. These days good schools and colleges select good candidates and obviously their institution results are good. In such a case what herculean task the school has done? Infact in our Hindu culture in olden days we used to term the school as ‘Gurukul’ rather than any other word thus giving prominence to ‘Guru’.
SETURAM ASPARI, Email: [email protected]
Congress needs new leaders
An emphatic rejection of Congress by the electorate across the country is cause for serious concern for this century-old party.Congress high command must seriously introspect about drubbing and not dismiss it flippantly as a matter of no consequence.For the Congress chief and vice-president to own responsibility is no longer enough.They should have stepped down to make way for a new leadership. But this they will no do because they are greedy of power. The party should understand that hangers-on and sycophants who rule roost and curry favours are more dangerous than Congress’s political rivals.They should be removed if the party wants to return to centre stage.
MAHESH CHANDRA SHARMA, Kanpur
End of Dynastic Politics
Election results of the Lok Sabha have established that voters have totally rejected dynastic politics not only in Congress but also in other parties like DMK,SP,RJD,RLD,JMM,NCP and others. Voters have opted for parties like AIADMK,TMC, BJD etc which fortunately have no dynasty in their rulership to take place. Even parties like LJSP with dynasty tradition won only because of aligning with BJP. Rather BJP unnecessarily lowered its victorial tally by six seats which went to its allies led by dynastic rulership of Ram Vilas Paswan. It is indeed unfortunate that party persons from India’s second largest party Congress are even now not prepared to come out of dynastic rulership when they wish Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to replace Rahul Gandhi as their next generation leader.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGARWAL, Delhi: 110 006