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Sir, This has reference to Rajeev Dhavan's article, `Beyond Parliament' (May 3). There can be no two stands on the issue. In Indian politics, statesmanship seems to be extinct. How can one be proud to be an Indian when 50 per cent of the population earns below Rs. 48 a day? We need sources of income, not religious hegemony, fanaticism and intolerant extremism. The pressing need of the hour is for policies that work for making a constructively motivated, enlightened populace, not unemployed fundamentalist youth that is filled with prejudices.
Policies such as zero tolerance for corruption should be the agenda of political parties. Religion is a personal affairs; it is not for dragging voters out to capture power. Politics today is in desperate need of new blood to be infused in it. The more the elderly, the more is intelligent statesmanship is a myth.
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