There is still hope for us

We are fortunate to celebrate our 68th Independence Day today. Our country has made good  progress in all the fields, but  it is not sufficient due to the large size of our great nation and her huge  population.  However, if we all continue our efforts in the right direction, under proper guidance, then there is no doubt about India becoming one of the top three countries on this Earth.

S Chad

Give good times some more time

 Now that we have ultimately got independence from the dynastic rule of the Nehru–Gandhi family, we can hope for independence from corruption, cowardice against domestic as well as cross-border terrorism and daily spiralling food inflation.

But for all these rightful benefits we’ll have to wait with a little patience and give at least one or two years to the seemingly determined Modi Sarkar, because there are huge messes created by the previous dispensation over the past decade.

Hansraj Bhat

Red carpet for Ebola here

The medical fraternity and health authorities in the city are working out strategies for tackling the Ebola threat, in case it raises its head in Mumbai.

If at all by sheer bad luck, the presence of this deadly virus is detected, then the entire blame should lie squarely on the shoulders of the BMC.

With the length and breadth of the city strewn with tons of uncleared garbage, the fatal virus will find a readymade ground for mass breeding. Residents from a number of localities in Mumbai say that the heaps of garbage in their areas are allowed to accumulate even for weeks or months, without being collected for disposal. Persistent complaints in this regard have evoked absolutely no response from the conservancy department of the MCGM.

Arun Malankar

Nitish must reconsider

The only reason for the downfall of the JDU in Bihar has been due to the over-ambitious leadership of Nitish Kumar.

After a great turnaround in his state, having allied with the BJP, Nitish Kumar tried to become more popular than he deserved by trying to wear the pseudo-secular garb, expecting the Congress high command to take notice of and give him greater recognition. The gamble backfired when Sonia ignored him after holding out hopes of special status to Bihar.

Trusting the most untrustworthy political party, the Congress, which has a track record using and throwing out alliance partners like curry leaves, Nitish tried a show of strength in Delhi, with a huge rally focussed on discrediting Modi, with the aim of appeasing his new political boss and also the Muslim community.

Now left with no choice for survival, the JDU has aligned with the RJD. A man in desperation has erred again. It would have been better for the qualified engineer to show remorse, repent his past actions and once again tie up with the BJP.

D M Rajan

Mayawati wisely steers clear

The BSP leader Mayawati has displayed her astuteness by refusing to go with Mulayam Singh Yadav.  Nitish Kumar has lost much than he would have otherwise, by cosying up with Lalu Yadav.

Known as an able administrator, his goodwill had already taken a beating after the recent skirmishes in his party, and the latest harakiri seems to lead him nowhere.

It’s strange how a political veteran like Nitish Kumar forgot that people’s memory can be excruciatingly short.  Political arithmetic is complicated and beyond teh mere percentage of votes garnered by a party.

In politics, one plus one does not necessarily become two.  Hardcore supporters of a particular party may switch sides if two chronic foes turn friends.

Mayawati has correctly sensed the people’s mood in Bihar by the motley crowd of about 1,500 in attendance at the Jamalpur rally of Nitish and Lalu.  The reputation of the Samajwadi Party is at an all-time low in Uttar Pradesh.

The near non-existent law and order situation will hit the SP badly in the next assembly polls. Mayawati, despite her drawbacks and follies, is known for her social engineering and a reasonable record in communal harmony. Going with the SP would have almost meant the end of her political career.

Ganapathi Bhat

Roaring on eve of J&K polls

Agreed the Prime Minister’s voice is our strength. But one is still unable to unders

tand why the media went gaga over the

PM Modi’s rabble-rousing speech that the “neighbouring country has lost the strength

to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in proxy war of terrorism.”

It was undertaken with an eye on the Jammu & Kashmir assembly elections. It reminds me how before the general elections, the failure to act on the killings of Indian jawans on our Line of Control with Pakistan were blamed on the Congress.

The first of more killings on the LoC occurred immediately after the BJP victory (ceasefire violated 19 times since Modi became PM).

It only goes to show that there is no difference between Modi and the previous UPA government.

The aam aadmi is sure to hear from from Lal Quila the PM’s tall statements about India’s security, development, inflation, price rise but for the aam aadmi, it will be mere rhetoric, we have all heard that before.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee

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