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Time To Emulate Voters Of Delhi

The people of Delhi should be congratulated for rejecting the unimportant and stupid issues outright and giving importance to the real issues like development, education, healthcare etc by wisely voting for the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for a third consecutive time with a thumping majority in the recently held assembly elections. Kejriwal’s performance is proof enough of the fact that an educated person at the top can pull off ‘miracles’; we need more people like him all over the country. Hope the people of other states learn a few lessons from the Delhi voters. Cheers to Delhites for showing the right way to the rest of the country. It is time to emulate the voters of Delhi.

JERRY FERNANDES, SALIGAO

Saying No To Hate Politics

This refers to the letter, ‘AAP’s historic victory in Delhi’ (February 13) by Raju Ramamurthy. There is a popular saying in Bengali – ‘pagoleo nijer bhalo bojhe’. It means that even a mad man knows what is good for him. But if this saying really holds water then Hitler could never have got the popular mandate. One dictator rightly said about the people of his country, “Give them glory they want nothing else.”  History shows that rulers were indeed able to get support from the people by providing them with glory of demeaning minorities and other countries while depriving the people of their basic rights. Now, the people of European countries have learnt from their bitter experience of militant nationalism that they should demand from the government only what is needed for them to improve their standard of living. They have learnt that it is foolish to engage in abusing minorities belonging to their own class while letting the government concentrate the wealth in the hands of a few people. This change of mindset is the reason why Nordic and other European countries rank high in Human Development Index. They make their government provide the citizens with quality education, health and social securities for them. Now, it seems that Indian people, like their European counterparts, are slowly learning what they should demand from the government. Delhi assembly election result is a testimony to it. AAP has got success in Delhi by following a welfare model of government by giving top priority to health and education instead of engaging in diversionary tactics or wasting precious money on costly statues and temples. India has given a mandate in favour of what the governments of other advanced countries have been doing now. Moreover, the people of Delhi pressed the button of electronic voting machine (EVM) hard enough to give electric shock to hate politics.

SUJIT DE, KOLKATA

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