‘Watershed’ moment?

 It is deplorable that tears and emotions have given way to prudent administration in Tamil Nadu. Sycophancy seems to have transcended all limits in the state. Agreed, the CM and his council of ministers were overcome by the occasion, but wailing ministers taking charge is no pleasant sight for democracy at any level.

Another disturbing news is that Panneerselvam has chosen to work from his erstwhile office, refusing to occupy the official CM’s chamber. Even in his previous stint, he was not known to be his own man. These are different days and the new chief minister may last longer. Tamil Nadu had earned the distinction of being one of the better-administered states in India under J Jayalalithaa. The jailed leader should ensure her good work are not laid waste by an emotionally-charged CM and ministers.

As per reports, she has ordered the CM to desist from visiting her in prison. This is good news, and the beleaguered former CM will maintain the goodwill of the people if the new government is able to carry forward some of her pet projects and schemes.

Ganapathi Bhat

Tears best ignored

The violent protests, as well as emotional outbursts by Jayalalithaa followers upon her arrest are, no doubt, despicable. The media should resist from giving too much importance to such acts, which are no more than a show, to gain undue sympathy.

Ketan R Meher

Before Jaya, it was Indira

The utter sycophantic display by the weeping AIADMK legislators is not only confined to the Dravidian Party alone. When the verdict unseating Indira Gandhi on June 12, 1975, was received in the AICC office in New Delhi, one female Congress leader literally started crying loudly as if the heavens had fallen. For this act of loyalty she was later on rewarded with a ministerial berth. Another gentleman, a cabinet minister of the earlier Congress governments had publicly declared himself as the ‘chaprashi’ (peon) of the party president.

Vineet Phadtare

Voters given short shrift

The manner in which the events unfolded on the eve of the declaration of the assembly election, was the worst. The voters, accustomed to alliances, have been taken for granted.

The last minute selection of candidates by all parties was like a last minute rallying of crowds.  The manner in which candidates from other camps were picked up over active members in the party was without merit. They presume that the voters are still gullible, failing to remember how the LS election turned out. There is clarity on CM candidature in Congress and SS, not at all in case of the BJP and the NCP.

And should none of the four political parties emerge victorious with majority, the blame will rest collectively on all and sundry. Voters cannot be blamed either way. If voter disdain affects turnout, that should show them.

Kedarnath Rajah Aiyar

Saying it for organ donation

This refers to ’26/11 Martyr Hemant Karkare’s wife Kavita Karkare no more'(September 30). It was really sad to hear of her sudden demise.  It must be very painful for her children to have lost both parents in the space of six years.

But even in the midst of their grief, the Karkare children decided upon donating their mother’s organs.

With this gesture, more than three persons have received a new lease of life. This bold decision will encourage others to come forward and do the same.

Ravichandran Swaminathan

Litigants left wondering

While the NaMo government’s decision to do away with archaic laws is laudable, the bewildering thought that crosses the mind is, what happens to those cases that have been argued with reference to these laws and their attendant procedural wrangles for years by now and are at various stages of their resolution?

Should those cases be argued afresh from scratch where they were years and decades ago? If the laws on which they were argued are irrelevant today, then what are the alternative relevant laws and procedures today to proceed with those cases?

Hope the authorities assigned the task will find a way to streamline the issues in a timely manner, without hitches in the way of litigants and the legal fraternity.

R N Shanbhag

Freudian slip?

In your report, ‘Natwar’s book to be released in 4 Indian languages’ (September 24), you have named his book as ‘One lie is not enough.’ Well, well, an interesting slip, if you ask me (unless, of course, it was not a slip).

C A L Mulangunnathukavu

Indians, first and last

There should be a total, permanent ban on all political parties asking for votes in the name of religion, language, caste, creed and so on. We are Indians, through and through.

For the past 67 years, there are hundreds

of thousands of men and women protecting our borders against Pakistan and China,

solely as Indians.

Hundreds of thousands of unknown and known Indians had sacrificed their precious lives fighting the British Raj for Independence as Indians.

The Election Commission and the Indian lawmakers must note this point and take necessary steps on war footing to implement the above ban. Vallabhbhai Patel would heartily approve.

Hansraj Bhat

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