V K Singh ke acchhe din aa gaye
This refers to the editorial, ‘Very good in parts’ (May 27). Why has PM Narendra Modi inducted V K Singh? His tenure as chief of the Indian Army has remained questionable. He went to the Supreme Court against the government over a personal matter. He gave the wrong date of birth and the court did not accept this. On retirement, he made allegations against SC judges and afterwards, tendered an unconditional apology in the court. He made allegations regarding intelligence funds for bribing political leaders in Kashmir, which was contradicted by former army chiefs. He was with both Hazare and Ramdev Baba and for some time with the AAP and only just before the election, he joined the BJP, got elected and is now a minister. I will have to wait for ‘acchhe din’ for a while, but see how VK Singh’s came immediately!
Politics is all about leadership, and Narendra Modi’s cabinet is a reflection of an inherent desire of a new leader to lead way in extracting work from his trusted men and women. The cabinet, at the same time, has a balanced socio-geographic representation. Modi has plumped for a purely political ministry, hallmark of a democratically-elected government, and seems to have left out the technocrats for another day. His affinity to the party is loud and unambiguous considering the thin representation to the allies.
That women form 25 per cent of the government and the average age of the ministry is around 60, speaks well of the new prime minister’s home work. However, the masterstroke of Modi has been his pitchforking many first-time, relatively young ministers to MoS with independent charge with an eye to extract maximum work from them and groom them for the future.
Putting rail safety back on track
At least 40 passengers have died and 150 have been injured, when an express train rammed into a stationary freight train in Uttar Pradesh. The new railway minister should take up the issue of rail travel safety on a war footing. The railways should have a helicopter wing to ferry heavy equipment to accident sites and for quick relief to the injured. Indian Railways is in the dire need of modernisation,and it can take inspiration from China. China is thinking of building an inter-continental high-speed railway line of 13,000 km to the United States (passing through China, Russia, Canada,and the final destination, the USA),through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean. This undersea tunnel will be four times larger than the existing under-river tunnel connecting Paris and London. China already has a high-speed network of railways, running at 300 kmph. The new government at the centre is also talking of high-speed bullet trains, criss-crossing the country. It is hoped that railway safety will get the required attention from the new railway minister.
Deendayal M Lulla
Time to be rewarded
When I was watching Narendra Modi and his team take oath on Monday evening at 6.12 pm, I was struck by the coincidence that nearly eight decades ago, another oath took place at 6.12 pm, none other than the Fuehrer and his team of 44 ministers. Modi has kept all the powers with his coterie, or why else would Arun Jaitley get two plum portfolios like finance and defence?
Jaitley has lost the Lok Sabha election, but is a member of the Rajya Sabha. Again, people cannot digest that the HRD ministry goes to Smriti Irani, loser from Amethi. May be she is Modi’s favourite and a capable person who deserves a ministry, but she has no connection with education except for being a TV actress and a 1998 Femina Miss India finalist.
Interestingly, Maneka Gandhi was the former NDA environmental minister is now Women and Child Welfare Minister.
But people’s eyebrows are raised seeing one of the alleged kingpins of the recent Muzaffarnagar riots as a Minister of State, may be his handiwork gave the party a sweeping victory not only in UP, but the whole cow belt, hence he has been rewarded.
Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee
Promises to keep
Promises are meant to be broken but not when Narendra Modi makes them. He kept his word of ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance” with just 44 ministers for a huge country like India! This compact team will very soon make a good impact on the Indian economy.
For Modi’s ministers, authority comes along with accountability. They have to perform or they will perish. For, Modi will entertain no excuses for non-performance.
With just one master stroke, our techno-savvy PM got the release of hundreds of fishermen who were languishing in Pakistan and Sri Lankan jails for a long time, bringing unexpected smiles on the faces of families of these fishermen.
Prof K H Karkera
Hiraba should’ve been there
The PM’s inauguration was a grand event. The august list of invitees was rather incomplete due to the exclusion of Hiraba Damodardas Modi.
We wonder how and why this noble lady chose to just watch the proceedings on TV!. The BJP slogan Mata-Gangamata-Bharatmata sounds a bit hollow. Does the honourable prime minister have any plan to rectify this blunder?
Dharmendra Nagda / Dr Achal Sanghavi
What Jasodaben wants
Jasodaben, the wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has all these years prayed for Modi’s well-being, though separated years ago. According to reports, she desires that Narendrabhai should come with her to Ambaji Temple in Gujarat to pray before the goddess, which apparently is her religious vow.
We appeal to Narendrabhai to act like a Hindu husband and fulfil her wish; his behaviour as a devoted son after poll victory has already been acclaimed the world over.
Dr Madhukar Kapadia