What are the issues that should dominate the general election? What are the issues that the new government should take up urgently? Some of India's bestknown people draw up an agenda.
' Anand Mahindra:India needs a goal to aim for'
Justice A M Ahmadi:'No party has focused on the issue of judicial reforms'
Dr Prem Aggarwal:'Declare population control a national emegency'
Dr H D Shourie:'Committed politicians should join hands to fight corruption'
Dr S P Gupta:'We need a bold government to take hard decisions'
Zafar Futehally:'We must create a sense of national integration'
Professor K N Panicker:'Now is the time to reconsider the decision to globalise our economy'
Dr D Sundaram:'The function of today's caste system has changed'
K Mohandas:'The police can only improve if the political structure changes'
Professor U R Rao:'India cannot move in static mode'
Dr M S Swaminathan:'There is a greed revolution among the privileged classes'
Mohini Giri:'All parties must show concern for women now'
Kailash Satyarthi:'Parties disregard laws against child labour'
General V N Sharma:'It is too expensive to be weak'
Dr Claude Alvares:'India is reverting to the slavery of 500 years ago'
Dr Pratap Reddy:'The government must realise that healthcare is as important as roads and ports'
Dr R H Patil:'What will we do with roads, railways and ports if we do not have industries?'
Rajni Desai:'In the last 50 years, the poor never benefited from political stability'
P K Das:'The housing problem in cities has to be solved because there are no opportunities for our people in villages'
H P Ranina:'We have to change our system to fight the evils of the cash economy'
Dr M S Gore:'100 % literacy should be the government's priority'
Vara Vara Rao:'Stability means the basic needs of people'
Lt Gen Kuldip Singh Brar (retd):'We need to become a nuclear power'
S Gurumurthy:'The new government must ensure some safeguards for Indian industry'
Medha Patkar:'Democracy can only survive if voting takes place on the basis of public issues'