When civil society activists started the anti-corruption movement, they were asked to establish their legitimacy by going political. When one of them plunges into politics and raises specific charges of corruption against a senior minister, he is being pilloried as an opportunist. People are willing to expose misuse of power not only because they feel that corruption is something we have to live with but also because they are sceptical about the courses of the law of the land. People have a civic responsibility to support anti-corruption crusaders by sending their wrongdoers before the law. The fight against corruption has to come from outside the system. Public indifference and complacency will encourage the perpetuation of the status quo.
Satish Kumar Sarma,
Traffic jam at VIP road
Through the esteemed column of your newspaper, I want to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the traffic problems in our city. Traffic problems are increasing day by day. Traffic problems in our city are making such hazardous situation that these are quite difficult to be solved by ordiry people. Road accidents are increasing day by day. More and more traffic jam can be seen which is making the situation more critical. Everyday near Six Mile market beside VIP road, three dustbins, which give out rotten smell, are cleaned up by the municipality van at peak office hours which creates immense traffic jam and sound pollution. It becomes very difficult for officegoers to reach office in time. The van should come in the wee hours so that this mess can be avoided. Another reason for the jam is the untimely entry of heavy goods carrier trucks. The trucks come from all directions, which becomes uncontrollable for traffic police. As a result it causes heavy jams. Trucks should not be allowed to enter the city during day tim. These should enter during night. It is my request to the concerned authorities to take immediate action.
Asmi Kait Ali,
Six Mile, Guwahati.
Abrupt price hike
Through your esteemed daily, I want to request our Prime Minister to launch a new move to arrest the abrupt price rise of commodities every now and then. The burden of skyrocketing price rise of commodities, viz. medicine, petrol, diesel, gas cylinder, stationery, clothes and various essentials has crippled common people at large.