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Letters to the Editor: February 7, 2019

Keep vigil on annual income-rise of MPs & MLAs

The opposition is crying foul on Robert Vadra being grilled by the Enforcement Directorate calling it a political vendetta. However, the biggest surprise irrespective of party-politics is that income and wealth of those entering the legislature and their close relations usually rise manifolds with usual argument that everyone has a right to earn from the business.

There should be a permanent Commission with its members selected by a non-political panel consisting of Chief Justice of India, Central Vigilance Commissioner and Comptroller and Auditor General of India which should keep vigil on income and wealth of MPs, MLAs, and their close relations. The Commission should be empowered to add to list of relations like brothers and sisters in case of unmarried politicians.

The whole mechanism should be set in a manner to develop a fear-psychology amongst the political community and their relations against a sudden rise in their income and wealth. It is ridiculous that ordinary primary-level school-teachers play in billions after their becoming political heavyweights.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal

 

Gandhi should not be defamed any more

Eventually, the national general secretary of the Hindu Mahasabha Puja Shakun Pandey and her husband Ashok Pandey were arrested and remanded in judicial custody for allegedly shooting at an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi and glorifying his assassination on his death anniversary. It is with no doubt that Mahatma Gandhi had always been considered a great leader in the Indian history and he extended his great contribution to the freedom movement of our country. So, the court must institute some strict measures for those who are trying to spoil his personality and glorifying his assassination so that nobody could dare to defame true leaders of the country.

Mohd Usmani

 

Budget talks

The budget presented by Piyush Goyal on February 1 was not to my expectations. I expected fuel prices to be controlled and excise duties on all commodities to come down, as well as a little something that helps young entrepreneurs. However, it did not happen!

Jubel D’Cruz

 

Kudos to PM Modi

It was heartening to learn that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for various development projects worth Rs 44,000 crore in Jammu and Kashmir. He laid the foundation stones of two All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Vijaypur in Jammu region and Awantipora in the Kashmir Valley. The AIIMS in the Valley is coming up on over 207 acres of land at a cost of Rs 1, 828 crore. It will have 750-bed state of the art super-specialty hospital with a medical college and a nursing college. He also launched many other projects as well. I extend my deepest gratitude to PM Modi for such consideration towards Jammu and Kashmir, because worldly heaven had been affected by unreasonable violence for long ago. Now, it is time to step up for making this beautiful state peaceful land to live in.

FU Patel

 

Baba Ramdev’s right demand!

In last 71 years, none of the Sadhus-Saints was honoured with ‘Bharat-Ratna’ award; therefore, at least next year, such award may be given to a hermit, was the demand made by Baba Ramdev and the Government should seriously consider the same. Bharat is a spiritual nation and her ancient Hindu culture is the biggest specialty of Bharat. Visitors from other countries are also attracted to this culture and thousands of visitors from abroad come to Bharat every year to see and experience this culture from close quarters. Yogi Mahants practicing spirituality and Yoga keeping away from worldly things; leading life of hermit will not be found in any other country except Bharat. As part of their collective spiritual practice, many Sadhus-Saints go to masses and serve patients, poor and distressed people. They teach the importance of spiritual practice to people and how to face every kind of incident in life with equal composure. People easily feel depressed these days and go to the extreme by ending their life. Sadhus-Saints try to give new hope to such depressed society and uplift them. They perform ‘yaags’ for the welfare of the country as well as of the world. There are few such real Mahants who devote their life for the serving nation and Dharma but keep away from publicity; therefore, they are unknown to people. Baba Ramdev made reference to Swami Vivekananda, Maharshi Dayananda Swami to support his statement. Indian Government conferred ‘Bharat-Ratna’ on Mother Teresa for her social work and it should also take note of good work by Sadhus-Saints in Bharat.

Jagan Ghanekar

 


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