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Letters to the Editor: Aug 21, 2018

Install Vajpayee’s statue on his birth anniversary

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs should gear up fast for installing a statue of great statesman and best orator Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former prime minister of India, on his coming birth-anniversary on December 25, at some important point in New Delhi with a prominent road, some housing-complex, colony, and other institutions also named after him.

Rather than creating memorials in his name as announced by the UP government, institutions, roads, colonies, hospitals, and other such projects like new coming Jewar Airport near New Delhi can be named after him as his living public-utility memorials in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Madhu Agrawal

 

Netaji is not remembered by any

All political rulers, either from the central or state governments including the West Bengal government, forgot to pay homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the real hero of independence of the country, who controversially disappeared after a plane crash on August 18, 1945. At least it is expected from the present central government to make people aware about the great sacrifices by the real heroes of freedom who either martyred themselves for the freedom of the country or faced tortures in other countries at the behest of some great Indian politicians as is suspected about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Birth and death or disappearance days of martyred heroes of freedom of the country should be celebrated in a big way traditionally every year without any public-holiday to make coming generations know about the hidden lessons of history. Such a system will increase the morale of the Indian armed forces too whose members are still being martyred for the safety of the country. Currency-notes of different denominations should figure photos of great Indian martyrs having sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

Since files relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose are now in public domain, the central government should expose the former Indian politicians of pre-Independence and post-Independence era who did not help the Indian freedom-martyrs in their legal battles against death-sentences by the British judges in the Indian courts, or are believed to be responsible for the torture of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in foreign countries in case he was not killed in air-crash on August 18, 1945, and had to remain in hiding. It has become a political ritual to worship a leader responsible for the crowning of first Indian Prime Minister despite not getting a single vote by the Electoral College for the post of Prime Minister and thus the division of the country. Public-holiday on October 2 for the birth-anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi should also be abolished.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

Give a hand to Kerala

I extend my deepest gratitude towards all of the people who are doing a wonderful job to rescue the flood victims consisting of volunteers, armed forces personnel, local people, and NGOs. All are applicable for rendering their services to humanity and it proves that humanity still is not lost. I urge every single individual of us to contribute to help the state with any possible way. As a human being, it is our responsibility to give a hand to the flood victims in Kerala.

MF Qasmi

 

One more horrible case in MP

One more shameful, gruesome, and heart-wrenching incident took place in a village of Madhya Pradesh where a three-year-old girl was brutally raped, bitten all over her body, subjected to barbaric torture, and them murdered. These horrible cases shake us from within. I request the government to give a harsh punishment of the death penalty to the culprits as soon as possible and set an example for others to be restrained from these terrible and disgusting cases.

Faheem Usmani

 

Nation mourns the immense loss

Three-time Prime Minister of India, the first non-Congress PM to complete a full term, a member of Parliament for 12 terms, a 10-time Lok Sabha member and twice of Rajya Sabha, the first External Affairs Minister to deliver a speech in Hindi at the UN General Assembly — Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the quintessential moderate, and the democrat who understood the plurality and diversity of India, who as the Prime Minister, led the successful nuclear test – Operation Shakti – at Pokhran on May 13, 1998, and put India in the pantheon of the world’s nuclear nations and built a strong relationship with Pakistan. He took a bus journey named Sada-e-Sarhad to Lahore on February 19, 1999. A lifelong bachelor, a poet of exemplary esteem, a champion of women’s rights, and one who favours the eradicator of the caste system bid a goodbye to the world and left everyone teary-eyed. The nation mourns the immense loss; the void created by the demise of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will never be filled again.

Ismail Mulla

 

No more rail-roko agitation

Mumbai commuters are in a great trouble because of regular agitation and the refusal of weary and exhausted guards to work ‘overtime’ which caused the cancellation of over hundred local trains on the Western Railways in the past few days. I condemn this attitude. The crowd is multiplying and people are getting late for their jobs due to this agitation. People involved in agitation must understand their responsibility that the cancellation of a single train affects 2,500 people.

Qeyamuddin

 

Mob- lynching in Assam

Mob- lynching is increasing in the present scenario and the same incident happened with Deben Rajbongshi, Phoolchand Sahu, Bijoy Nayak and Pujen Rajbongshi; they were allegedly attacked and injured by the mob on suspicion that they were the cattle thieves. There should not be any killing on the base of suspicion without any concrete evidence. At the moment, all we need is to address the human rights, challenge the bovine act and new laws need to be implemented. It was extreme to hear that Deben succumbed to his injuries. I offer my sincere condolences to Deben’s family. At the same time, I also denounce the people who attacked them and killed one of them. I demand that the government should take notice and ensure that there will not be a single death anymore.

Aamir Siwan

 

Atal Ji was a great PM

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the most respected and accepted politicians across the globe with the virtue of excellent knowledge of literature and culture. In the passing away of India’s former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India has lost a true Parliamentarian, a Statesman, and the greatest legend this country has ever had.

Vajpayee was like a star in the sky of politics, which shone brighter than everyone else. He had the unique ability to bring everyone together. He was one of the best Prime Ministers India has ever had since Independence. He was a great leader and a good poet. He worked in the national interest rather than personal interest. He brought a political stability to our country. He was much loved by the people of India.

He was a very simple man in spite of being such a senior leader. There was not even a shred of arrogance in him. Our current leaders, especially Narendra Modi needs to learn a lot from him. India will always remember this great son of the soil.

Jubel D’Cruz

 

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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