The Scam & its Silent Part­ners

Tehelka - - 20 - JA­COB SAHAYAM,

If it were only plun­der­ing of the state re­sources, it might be for­got­ten as his­tory in due course, but this is tor­tur­ing mil­lions of poor farm­ers, usurp­ing what is due to them. That it went un­no­ticed for 10 years with the Op­po­si­tion’s con­nivance ex­poses the pa­thetic state of our ad­min­is­tra­tion and gov­er­nance.

Re­fer to ‘This is why Farm­ers Can­not Af­ford Fer­tilis­ers’ by G Vishnu, 6 Oc­to­ber. Re­fer to ‘T Par­ties Brew A New Storm’ by TS Sud­hir, 6 Oc­to­ber.

SMOTH­ER­ING FARM­ERS

It is sad that daily news­pa­pers have scream­ing head­lines of new scams or cor­rup­tion charges against some min­is­ters. What is more un­for­tu­nate is that there are no re­ports on how many peo­ple have been con­victed of the crime. It is not sur­pris­ing that peo­ple are re­fer­ring to In­dia as Scamis­tan or Cor­rup­tis­tan. I won­der if cor­rup­tion would ever end in In­dia. In­ter­est­ingly, de­spite all the cor­rup­tion, the na­tion is on the path of progress.

M KU­MAR, ON EMAIL

STATE­HOOD AG­I­TA­TION

Ag­i­ta­tion over the con­tro­ver­sial Te­lan­gana is­sue has be­come the norm now-a-days. The Congress is re­spon­si­ble for spark­ing the fire on this is­sue, and now it has come back to haunt them. The Congress promised Te­lan­gana with­out tak­ing stake­hold­ers Af­ter the cor­rupt prac­tices in­dulged in by the Ra­man Singh gov­ern­ment in Ch­hat­tis­garh, the BJP has no legs to stand on as far as at­tack­ing the Congress-led UPA at the Cen­tre is con­cerned. The BJP- led state gov­ern­ments are equally, if not more, cor­rupt than the Congress-led Cen­tral gov­ern­ment. Re­fer to ‘The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav’ by Bri­jesh Pandey, 29 Septem­ber. With Ma­mata Banerjee’s pulling out from the UPA gov­ern­ment, Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav is play­ing his cards close to his chest, by dis­tanc­ing him­self from the Congress and fuelling spec­u­la­tion on po­lit­i­cal re­align­ments by join­ing the bandh called by Op­po­si­tion and Left par­ties. This gives enough rea­sons for Congress to worry over his moves, given Sa­ma­jwadi Party’s po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tain­ity and flex­i­bil­ity. The Congress needs to work on its im­age makeover

AMIT MANUVIRAJ, ON EMAIL

POKER FACE

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