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Faulty govt policies led to price rise

In his article “Pangs of hunger” (Sep 5), Kuldip Nayar has aptly described the adoption of wrong policies by the government being responsible for the sharp price rise. Exacerbated by drought and corruption in the system, lowering the prices is always a challenge. The Manmohan Singh government should control the price rise without further delay. 

Globalisation is a blessing only if it can improve the lives of the common people. However, it becomes a curse if politicians and rich sections of society take undue advantage. It is a pity that the poor of the country are becoming poorer. India is steadily but surely becoming a capitalist country controlled by a handful of rich and greedy politicians and industrialists. India needs policies that are pro-poor, not ones that are pro-rich.

 Dr SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia





Mr Nayar has raised a pertinent issue. Our industry and agriculture are left to suffer because of the immorality of private enterprise and unregulated competition.

R R PAUL, Rohtak 

Unfair power hike

The manner in which electricity charges have been revised is highly questionable. Retrospective application of the revised tariff from April shows that the principle of electoral accountability has fallen by the wayside.Moreover, forcing certain segments of consumers to subsidise others who have the capacity to pay is utterly unfair.

The non-farming Punjabi community cannot subsidise luxurious lifestyles of rich farmers. Will Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal please ensure that rational and democratically fair economic management prevails?



In the PSEB, there is no accountability and funds are misused. Worse still, the Badal government has provided farmers free electricity to harness   political gains. Only Badal village enjoyed 24-hour power supply when the rest of the state suffered heavy power cuts.

So, the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission, instead of imposing the increased tariff on the consumers, should recover the entire loss from the Badal government. Besides, the PSEB should be unbundled immediately.


Teacher by choice!

In an ideal world, teachers are called nation builders. Ironically, today no student wants to become a teacher. The creamy layer of students prefers to pursue more lucrative careers. The candidates who have no other option join the teaching profession. This is the reason why there is a dearth of quality teachers.

Even teachers do not want their children to join this profession. The rationale is that teaching is a dull and uninteresting affair. It should be made more fascinating and motivating.

VIPIN SEHGAL, Kurukshetra

Growing indiscipline

In recent times, indiscipline has become a cause for great concern. Today, the youth have little sense of responsibility, respect for elders or dedication towards duty. Some put the entire blame on students, some blame teachers while others blame the system of education.

Unfortunately, today parents have no time for the upbringing of their children. Students need guidance and society cannot escape its responsibility in shaping the 
youth of today.


Make women literate

The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh (news report, “PM launches Sakshar Bharat” by Aditi Tandon, Sep 9), has indeed taken a laudable step to tackle illiteracy, especially among women. Even after six decades of Independence, why is that more than half of the female population remains illiterate?

Indian society must realise the role of women in the the development of the country. Hegemonic male ideologies make them suffer as they are denied equal opportunities. Education was accessible to women even in the Vedic period. However, the irony is that with the advancement of technology, they have gradually lost this right.

Making women literate will not only help in the development of human resources, but in also improving the quality of life at home and outside. Women need to be equipped with quality education because the dictum “educate a woman and you educate the family” holds true.

Moreover, issues of concern like infant mortality and female foeticide can be dealt with only by educating women. To promote literacy among women, serious efforts have to be made.


Inexplicable price rise

One fails to understand why prices (news report, “Prices soar as Cabinet panel snores” by Anita Katyal, Aug 29) are rising. The prices of items of daily needs are skyrocketing. The government has set up a Cabinet panel to deal with the problem. No one knows when this panel will able to control prices. So far, it seems to be in a deep slumber.

Prof P K GUPTA, Bathinda



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