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Youth must realise perils of corruption

In his article GenNext can help banish corruption (Apr 9), Vipul Grover, clearly revealed the extent of corruption in the country in view of the regular scams and scandals. The article also dwelt on how social activist Anna Hazare has acted as a catalyst for the young and the old to vent out their angst against the system in a true Gandhian way. It is true that we do not need the rankings of organisations like Transparency International to realise the gravity of the degree of corruption in our country.

 It is a fact that the causes behind corruption can be reduced to just two words —need and greed. However, there cannot be any justification for the need or greed of anyone from a peon and constable to a bureaucrat, politician and businessman to indulge in blatant corruption. 

India is a nation thriving on its young population but it is important to know, what the youth feel about scams, because it is the youth of the country, who can drive out corruption from the country. It is true that the first step towards change is the realisation of one’s basic rights and the realisation about what is right and what is wrong. The youth of the country must realise their responsibility towards the nation and understand how corruption would adversely affect the future generations and the country, in case it is not eradicated.

The way the youth has responded to Anna Hazare’s call is unprecedented and their commitment to his cause on corruption must stay in place and the manipulations of the politicians both inside and outside Parliament must be resisted by them. The Indian polity has a certain apparatus in place for raising voice against corruption like Right to Information, public interest litigations and social audits which can be used by them for spreading awareness on corruption.

As the saying goes, “charity begins at home”, the youth, belonging to all segments of society, should also monitor the use of black money in their own families and should boycott using such money acquired through corrupt practices by their elders.

T.S. SHERGILL, Chandigarh

Rising numbers

The editorial Problem of plenty (Apr 2) has rightly expressed concern about the ever-increasing population of the nation. It is indeed a matter of concern, but unfortunately this vital issue is not getting the attention of the people, who matter in the affairs of the nation.

AK SHARMA, Chandigarh

Common man’s health

The article Health care for aam aadmi” (Apr 7) by M L Kataria on the World Health Day clearly reveals the poor condition of rural health care centres as compared to public and private super-speciality complexes for rich persons in big cities. But 70 per cent of our poor people living in the villages lack common facilities in the public rural health care centres and some die due to lack of proper treatment.

A large number of civil hospitals lack proper staff, infrastructure and medicines for the poor people. The government must make efforts to create health infrastructure for the aam aadmi.


Ode to mother

The middle Mother(Mar 30) by Jupinderjit Singh, was a heart rending tribute of a son to his ailing mother. The word mother is a world in itself. Mother epitomises sacrifices and selfless affection. We should be thankful to our mother, who kept us safe in her womb and gave us an opportunity to enjoy the worldly pleasures. The first thing a new born tastes, is “breast feed” that’s Doodh ka Karj” which no one can pay back.

The first word a child mumbles is “Maa”. That’s why the word ‘Mother-tongue”. A mother is her child’s best guide. To every mother her children are the best and most precious jewels in the world. Everything has a substitute except mother – “Hai kaun si woh cheej jo yhaan nahin milti, Sab kuch mil jaata hai lekin haan, maa nahin milti”. Alas, most of us appreciate mother’s love only, after the mother is gone.


Turban issue

No doubt it is a matter of deep regret that a SHO removed a Sikh gentleman’s turban during the recent cricket match at Mohali. But can the SAD raise this issue in view of its own past conduct? Ludhiana Municipal Councillor of SAD and other Akali workers removed the turban of Maj Benipal, Tehsildar as reported in The Tribune (July 20, 2009).

In the Punjab Assembly Akali legislators dislodged the turbans of DS Brar and Kewal Singh Dhillon, legislators of Congress (Dec 12, 2009). Where were Sukhbir Badal, SGPC head and others then? Have they woken up from slumber now? Can they claim to be the real custodians of Sikh Panth?


People’s will

How serious our political parties are about the eradication of the corruption from society can be easily judged from the fact that the Lokpal Bill could not be finalised and passed even after over four decades (editorial, Clamour for Lokpal: Evolve consensus and hasten action”. Apr 6).

Anna Hazare’s fast unto death may have been unprecedented but certainly was not impermissible. In a democracy, the will of the people and interests of the country are supreme.  If both are being compromised by some vested interests, people have to come forward to make elected representatives accountable and answerable to them.    

 HEMA , Langeri, Hoshiarpur

Stop plundering art objects

The article Plugging the pandemic plunder (Apr 5) by George Jacob vividly portrayed the plunder of art objects from India. This plunder needs to be curbed. Besides, general awareness of the importance of the return of objects which have a fundamental significance in relation to the spiritual values and cultural heritage of the country of origin, needs to be created.

On June 7, 1978, the Director-General of UNESCO, speaking at UNESCO House in Paris, made a solemn appeal “for the return of irreplaceable cultural heritage to those who created it.” This appeal in itself in not a new one. Historian Polybius, in ancient Greece, advocated it emphatically. Remarkable was Marcus Tullius Cicero’s stand against Gaius Verres, for it gave rise to a judgement against the former Roman praetor forcing him to pay 45 million sesterces to Sicilians in retribution of artistic riches plundered from their monuments and temples.





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