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Letters to the Editor: December 24, 2018

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Kamal Nath’s argument wrong for the country

Every citizen of India has the right to live and work anywhere in the country. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s argument that the youth of his state have been deprived of jobs because of migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh is one unfortunate one. It may be that Kamal Nath’s statement is right in favour of MP’s youth but it is totally wrong in the interest of the country. The job’s selection should be on the basis of qualities and talent not the identification. If every State Government makes an effort to improve opportunities in its respective state, why would the youth go elsewhere?

Mohd Umar


Review all cases of awarded Bharat Ratna and Padma awards

It refers to Delhi State Assembly passing the resolution to take back the honour of Bharat Ratna from late Rajiv Gandhi who, took charge as Prime Minister after her mother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed by her bodyguards on October 31, 1984, leading to riots killing many Sikhs.

Congress – led Central Governments over-glorified the members of Nehru-Gandhi family including honouring them with Bharat Ratna. Undoubtedly, inexperienced Rajiv Gandhi proved to be a big failure as a Prime Minister taking many such decisions which proved to be disastrous for the country including his own murder, and as such did not deserve Bharat Ratna, but, taking back Bharat Ratna only from Rajiv Gandhi may be termed as a political vendetta. There are more such names of Bharat Ratna awardees which need snatching where even some of which like MG Ramachandran were given only for political reasons. Wrong policies of the first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who gifted himself Bharat Ratna as head of the then Central Government, also make him undeserving for greatest civilian honour of Bharat Ratna.

There are numerous cases of Padma awards having been given to totally undeserving persons involved in big controversies only on lobbying. Present Central Government can review all cases awarded Bharat Ratna and Padma honours, and decide taking back from undeserving ones after making such list public and inviting comments from members of the public before taking a final decision.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal


Govt should not divert the main topic

Nowadays, encircled in news clips is a well-known actor Naseeruddin Shah owing to his remark that a cow’s death is being given more importance than a policeman and he is scared for his children. After this remark, the actor faced a flood of criticism from all over the country. Now, he is being asked to leave the country for Pakistan and he also received an air ticket to Pakistan at his home. I think this is a diversion from the main topic. The actor expressed his emotions what he felt, so the government must ponder over the mob violence, but no one seems to talk about this matter. If a senior citizen of our country is feeling scared in such circumstances it is the government’s duty to make him feel fearless rather than to criticise him or ask him to flee to Pakistan.

Mohd Faheem


Yashwant Sinha’s shocking revelations 

The revelations of former union finance minister Yashwant Sinha are shocking not only for the BJP itself but also for the entire country. He claimed in his new book that the GDP numbers are misleading, RBI’s autonomy is in extreme danger and demonetisation is the biggest banking scam. Also, he appeared saying that the PM Narendra Modi’s idea of self-employment is a distraction from the more serious issue of unemployment and under-employment. Now, the question as to what the BJP leaders will say about these concerning issues that have been raised by Mr. Sinha. Really, the rapid fall in the economy of our country has shaken all of the citizens and destroyed their businesses. I think the government, now, should pay some attention to the economic growth rather than manipulating the people’s mind from these core issues.

MFU Tandvi


Every citizen has right to freedom of expression

It seems that the freedom of expression is being totally destroyed in our country. If a citizen expresses his concern towards the sensitive matters of the country, he falls in the whirlpool of critics from the so-called country’s patriots. As the same case occurred with Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah over his remarks on the Bulandshahr violence. The actor found himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks in reference to the killing of a policeman in Bulandshahr earlier this month that the death of a cow was given more importance than a policeman. Now, it is the government’s responsibility to satisfy him by ensuring the strength of law and order, but on the contrary to it the actor is being trailed by the government.

Mohd Usmani


Naseeruddin Shah needs meditation

It has become a fashion of some celebrities from the Muslim community and their supporting pseudo-secularists like the most recent case of the famous actor Naseeruddin Shah who was awarded Padma Bhushan by the BJP-led Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in the year 2003 to defame the country as if Muslims are living in the country in a fear. If it would have been so, the rate of population growth of Muslims would not have been higher than the majority Hindus.

Interestingly, comments from Naseeruddin Shah came at a time when recently-freed Hamid Nihal Ansari from Pakistani jails and his mother were in full praise for the Indian government and Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in extending fullest help the Muslim youth freed from a Pakistani jail.

Naseeruddin Shah, who married a Hindu girl after divorcing his earlier Muslim wife, needs to take meditation lessons from his Hindu wife and Hamid Nihal Ansari for the fearless life of himself and his children born from his Hindu wife. It can only happen in India and not in Pakistan that his elder brother from minority community could be entrusted for being Lt. General in Indian army before being appointed as Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University.

Madhu Agrawal


Christmas means spreading love

To Christians, Jesus Christ is believed to be the messenger of God. On this unique occasion of Christmas, even non-Christians remember, with due reverence, the Son of God, who suffered the terribly painful death on the Cross to deliver humanity. The spread of love and peace among mankind is the supreme message of Christmas.

Most people know that Christians celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ, but it also means much more. It means having fun with your family, spending time with them, seeing all the beautiful Christmas lights, decorating the Christmas tree, spending time in prayer and eating all the rich food and sweets.

Jubel D’Cruz

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