Not only Modi but also all other political parties and leaders who try to polarise Indian politics will have to face the people. The reality is that Muslims in India struggle to get even rented houses and access to various jobs and other means of livelihood. Hopefully, the next election will determine whether the spirit of secularism and pluralism is still alive in the hearts of Indian voters.
Deodhara, Madhya Pradesh
BOTH the Sangh Parivar and the Indian Mujahideen (IM) blatantly play the communal card and fan intolerance, and this trend has reached a flashpoint.
While Narendra Modi tries to grab power through fiery rhetoric that drives the masses into a communal frenzy, the IM tries to subvert the unity of the country by indulging in terror strikes in connivance with foreign terror outfits. The absence in politics of inspiring leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhbhai Patel and Maulana Azad makes matters worse.
I BELIEVE all parties play the communal card because politics is all about vote banks. India gained Independence 66 years ago, and Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundations of modern India by, among other things, setting up organisations such as the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Indian Space Research Organisation. But the country has fallen woefully behind in improving rural lives, rural connectivity, sanitation, health, hygiene, education and family welfare. This has become a convenient hunting ground for political parties.
To start with, one must ensure that all Indian children compulsorily attend schools that are well funded by the government and where the teachers are chosen solely on the basis of their ability. Children should only be allowed to go to Veda pathshalas or madrasas or become jain sadhus or sadhvis after they have finished 12th Standard. The schools should admit children from all castes, communities and religions and be coeducational. If one fails to create cohesion among small children, then India can never hope to succeed.
THE Cover article “Wahhabi impact” (November 29) has cautioned against the rise of Wahhabism and its impact, especially in south India. But can the law prevent it? We have to create awareness by educating people. The sooner that is done, the better for India.
THE “love jehad” campaign that the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh and other Hindu organisations are conducting against Muslims cannot be taken lightly, but the issue it raises also cannot be dismissed as baseless (“Sensational grist”, November 29). There have been reports of girls being lured through what has been termed “grooming” in the U.K. This is not a local issue and needs to be investigated properly.
AFTER being drubbed by two Congress novices in the 2004 and 2009 parliamentary elections, the senior BJP leader Ram Naik recently announced that he would not be in the fray in 2014 (“The Nation”, “Joshi down”, November 15). Had the Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, who is also over the hill, followed Naik’s example, perhaps he would not have faced humiliation at the hands of the Shiv Sena’s post-Bal Thackeray leadership. In fact, politicians over 75 years of age should gracefully retire from politics, leaving the arena for young contenders.
Government hospitals are not commercial but they are unable to cope with the heavy rush of patients. Health care and medical help must be available to all citizens free of cost, especially to senior citizens, and contributions towards this can come from a fund created by the Central government/State governments through a portion of income tax and other taxes. Private doctors and hospitals, too, must offer senior citizens at least 50 per cent concession .
An adequate number of quality hospitals and nursing homes must be opened in every corner of India. The younger generation must be encouraged to opt for the medical profession as there are not enough doctors for our overpopulated country.
DESPITE having suffered from cancer, Hosi Daruwalla says he is thankful to God (“Spreading warmth”, November 29). His attitude deserves emulation. And the passion, compassion and stoicism with which he helps cancer patients is quite admirable.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu
There is no denying that the Mangalyaan launch is an outstanding achievement that exemplifies the creative blend of Indian scientific and engineering ingenuity. The spacecraft should have a successful e journey so that India becomes the first Asian nation to make it to the red planet.
Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu