This refers to the interview of Prashant Patel Umrao titled ‘I have nothing personal against the AAP MLA’s’ by Nishant Kr Azad in Organiser dated Feb 4. It is saddening that in a typically familiar style, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ridiculed President Ram Nath Kovind’s endorsement of the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for their appointment as Parliamentary Secretaries. One had hoped that after his overwhelming victory in Delhi polls, Kejriwal would grow into the Constitutional office as the capital city’s Government head, imbibe maturity, sobriety and dignity. Unfortunately, this does not seem to have happened. Instead of accepting the impropriety of appointing 20 Parliamentary Secretaries for a Cabinet of seven ministers, to obviously please the aspiring MLAs, he attacked the Election Commission, questioning its motives, and the President for approving the EC’s proposal. Arvind Kejriwal’s tragedy is that his euphoric success in Delhi polls appears to have fuelled his dreams for a pan-Indian leadership (the Prime Ministerial office, no less), egging him on to fight elections in other States, with nearly a zero result. It did not occur to him that model governance in the Capital would have improved his chances elsewhere. But that is characteristic Kejriwal for you: Too much tall talk and claims and very little in reality.
-M RATAN , Via email
Apropos the Special issue of Organiser titled ’70 Years of A Media Movement’, issue dated Jan 28. I have lived in Kenya, UK and now in Canada. For the last three generations, starting with my father, we have enjoyed reading Organiser. It has been a source of information about the changing developments in Bharat over decades. We have lived through the march of India from one type of regime to another. Congratulations to all those involved in keeping the weekly alive and flourishing for all these years.
– KAMALESH SHARDA, Via email
Misuse of Freedom
This is with reference to the story in Organiser titled ‘Padmavat Profligacy’ dated Dec 10, by Ajay Bhardwaj.The conflict and chaos created over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film, Padmaavat, has once again drawn the people’s attention to the issue of right to freedom. The ransacking and
vandalisation of works of art is not new to India. Democracy cannot afford parallel senas and policing. The freedom to protest is taken as freedom to cause harm to both, state and private properties, as has been witnessed in the case of the above film, where people have burnt houses, vehicles and even schools. Allowing such practices undermines the validity of our legal institutions and the people’s choices of democratic freedom. Moreover, they show India in poor light to the world. We must not let this happen. -MANZAR IMAM, New Delhi
This refers to the article titled ‘The Organiser Years’ by Shri L K Advani in Organiser dated Jan 28. In his write-up he has beautifully described how China betrayed India. But Nehru too should not have trusted China. He should not have handed over Tibet to China. Had Tibet been a free country the problems faced by India today from China would not have crept in. Secondly, Nehru put forward the case of China for the Membership of the UNO or Security Council. It is said that America advised India that it should become the Permanent Member of the Security Council instead of advocating the Membership of China. Had India been a Permanent Member of the Security Council the problems which it is facing right now would not have been there. -AMAR JIT SINGH GORAYA, Australia
Respect National Flag
Our national flag is a symbol of the nation’s pride and respect. There is liberal use of the flag on Independence Day and Republic Day. There is a new trend of selling flags made of paper and plastic, which is incorrect. With a sense
of national pride, people enthusiastically buy such flags but the very next day, we find them being trampled upon on roads and thrown into dustbins. By allowing this to happen, people forget that they are insulting the flag. Often, these flags are burnt along with the garbage. It is the duty of every individual to maintain respect towards the national flag.
– JUBEL D’ CRUZ, Mumbai
Rahul living in a Fool’s Paradise
Apropos article ‘The Louis XVI of Indian Politics’ by Shehzad Poonawalla in the issue dated Jan 21 of Organiser. Basking in the reflected glory of his allied electoral success in Gujarat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is emboldened to get back to the old Congress game—of blaming the BJP of communalism. This is from the member of a Party which has the dubious distinction of being the progenitor of divisive vote-bank politics, of minority appeasement and allying with communal elements. Astonishingly, Rahul Gandhi is of the view that his Party knows how to defeat the BJP, since the former has the experience of defeating the British. Like the Leftist falsehoods about Sri Ram Temple—Disputed Structure, maybe the Congress scion thinks that such half-truths will go unnoticed. In his book History of the Freedom Movement in India, Vol. 3, renowned historian RC Majumdar quotes the conversation between PB Chakraborty the acting Governor of West Bengal in 1956 and Clement Attlee England’s Prime Minister when India was free. Chakraborty said, “…Attlee had cited several reasons why Britishers left India, the most important of which were the activities of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, which had weakened the very foundation of the attachment of the Indian land and Naval forces to the British Government.” Hence, let not Rahul Gandhi harbour any illusion about his Party’s role in ending the British rule, when the colonialists themselves reveal the names of the persons behind their hasty retreat.
-CV KRISHNA MANOJ, Hyderabad
The people of India are undergoing a period of unfamiliar hardship due to huge demand documentation to prove one’s identity. The rigour is more severe in the field of financial matters. In case of a negligible difference between PAN, Adhaar and Passport, it is the PAN Card which prevails. The rectification of PAN Card is an onerous task. The intention of the Government is to take note of unusual financial transactions in which the terrorists are very adept. Ours is a country of 1.25 billion and digitisation process will take time. We will have to bear this hardship.
-N K DAS GUPTA, Kolkata
This refers to the editorial of Organiser titled ‘Freedom is Responsibility’, issue dated January 21. The people who supported Indira Gandhi during Emergency and kept quiet when thousands of people were sent to jail are now attacking the Government with baseless allegations, such as suppression of rights, suppression of Press and what not. The way four judges rebelled to hit out at the Chief Justice who has a good reputation shows that the Congress and their supporters have a solid group of people who will do anything to support the fake Gandhis. When Dr Subramanian Swamy made a press statement that Sonia and Rahul has not paid taxes of more than 400 crores, the Congress lobby cooked-up a story by saying that Amit Shah is involved with Justice Loya’s death. Now the Congress Party with billions in its pocket is buying people everywhere to spread caste conflict and spreading false rumours to create chaos.
-RANGAESH GADASALLI, Via email