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The colossal expenditure of Rs.685 crore on the much talked about Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, which includes a larger than life statue of her own, calls for formulation of a new government policy to forestall installation of statues at public expense.

Political leaders putting up statues of all sorts is a common sight in our cities and towns. Om Prakash Chautala, for example, flooded Haryana with statues of his father Devi Lal during his time as Chief Minister. Glorification of self or of mentors by politicians should be checked.

The matter does not end there. With Mulayam Singh warning that the day his party regains power in U.P. all of Mayawati's statues will be pulled down, we might be in for a serious law and order problem.

Madhu Agrawal,

1775, Kucha Lattushah,

Dariba, Chandni Chowk,

Delhi – 110 006.

Aligarh drama

The Aligarh Muslim University Act does not permit any arrangement for the so-called AMU Centres, and manipulated amendments to the AMU statutes to establish these centres have not even been placed before Parliament for approval under Section 31 (4) and (5), a provision that exists in all Central Universities.

Furthermore, the Vice-Chancellor has been restrained by the President in her capacity as the university's Visitor from taking decisions which may have long-term financial, executive or academic implications.

The government allocation is Rs.25 crore for each of the centres at Malappuram (V-C's town) and Murshidabad (Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's parliamentary constituency), of which just Rs.1.5 crore has been released for use. Obviously the two centres are starving, with the V-C diverting funds from other heads to Malappuram for his personal agenda. There has never been any allocation of funds for Kishanganj in Bihar.

The whole affair is a scam with active connivance of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, intended to fool ignorant Muslims for electoral gains.

Prof. Ziauddin Ahmad,

4/1361, S. S. Nagar,

Aligarh – 202 002.

Facts of life

Vatsala Jayaraman's recent article in The Hindu turned the spotlight on some important points. First and foremost, we all must accept that one day we will grow old. Whatever one earns through his/her lifetime or whatever support one may get from loved ones may not help in times of need unless one accept this basic fact.

The Tagore poem is worth remembering in this regard. We must realise that power and money are transient and that ultimately we leave everything behind to embrace nature. Keeping this in mind, we should also learn to live for others and realise that by lending a hand to those in need we will find solace in our own twilight years of loneliness.

P. Balasubramanian,

A-1, 15E, Mayur Vihar Phase 3,

Delhi - 110 096.

Vote for whom?

The news report, “No Bill, no vote, Anna tells Congress” in The Hindu (October 5), quotes Anna Hazare's aide Arvind Kejriwal as saying, “Even if a Congress candidate is clean and non-corrupt, we will tell people not to vote for him as the party has a whip on its Parliamentarians [over the Jan Lokpal Bill]”.

This amounts to saying that even if a BJP candidate is corrupt, voters must vote for him as Mr. Hazare's Jan Lokpal Bill has the BJP's support. Is the much talked about Lokpal intended to remove corrupt leaders or bring them to power?

Mohd. Mazhar Sadiq,

Aligarh Muslim University,

Aligarh.

Nowhere to go

Several footpaths were constructed in Delhi University's North Campus in preparation for the Commonwealth Games-2010. Barely a year later now these footpaths stand reduced to parking lots, spelling trouble for physically challenged and visually impaired students. They are left to the mercy of vehicle drivers who occupy the footpaths and force them to walk on the roads.

The Delhi University administration and the traffic police must intervene immediately to prevent any mishap.

Rahul Kapoor,

L-36, Old Double Storey, Lajpat Nagar IV,

Delhi – 110 024.


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