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Posted at: Feb 21, 2018, 1:03 AM; last updated: Feb 21, 2018, 1:16 AM (IST)

Bank crash

Refer to ‘Can’t bank on this system’ (February 20); it is unfortunate that such financial frauds are continuing in spite of loud assurances by the party in power. The immediate expectation of a common man was that the Prime Minister/Finance Minister will make a statement to build the confidence of the nation. The most disturbing fact is that there are allegations and counter-allegations between the NDA and the Congress and no one is ready to take up responsibility and restore the confidence of the people. One is forced to ask: Where is this nation headed to and are we fit for democracy? Political interest has killed national interest and loot is the objective of every individual/institution. Visible clean-up measures are needed to restore faith in the system.

Ajay Lakhanpal, Dharamsala 


In diversity, our unity

Refer to ‘Differences have to be a source of strength in society: Trudeau’ (February 20); the idea of shared values needs to be promoted, especially when many countries are adopting protectionist policies. Embracing the concept of shared values requires people to have a high level of acceptance, something which is rapidly disappearing. The Indian society is diverse. There have been, and continue to be, many challenges and obstacles that must be overcome to sustain this diversity. We are familiar with large-scale communal riots and other forms of violence, stemming from the failure to accept multiplicity of cultures, traditions and religions. Regardless, India has exceeded expectations and has remained a democratic country. This shows that the world needs to adopt the Indian spirit which has kept this country from tearing itself apart.

Manraj Singh Uppal, Chandigarh 


Host Trudeau well

The cold shoulder which Canadian PM Trudeau is receiving from the current political regime is uncalled for (‘Trudeau’s not-so lonely visit’; February 20). A visiting dignitary should be accorded welcome, keeping aside ideological or political differences. PM Modi visited foreign shores, urging manufacturers and leaders around the world to invest in India. Now when the Canadian PM is here, we are ignoring him over the frivolous issue of Khalistan. As far as the people of Punjab are concerned, it is a dead issue. They do not subscribe to any such ideology. It is the political class which brings it up to suit its interest. Punjab needs investment both from inside the country and outside. Currently, Canada is the best bet as Punjabis living there would be inclined to invest in the state, given their ancestral roots. 

Amanvir Singh Tiwana, Patiala


Loans for lavish lifestyle?

Various parties of Punjab have raised the issue of financial problems of farmers, but it also shows the reality at the ground level. Most farmers often take loan at lower interest rates, but use it for purposes like lavish weddings, purchasing expensive vehicles and arms, constructing big houses and sending their children abroad. Banks should scrutinise each case before sanctioning loan and also keep a vigil on its actual use. Farmer unions often back rich farmers, who become wilful defaulters. Farm labourers, too, have taken loans worth lakhs, thereby showing the lack of seriousness of bank officials in sanctioning loans. The maximum loans advanced to farmers in cooperative banks are given without any guarantee under political pressure, which generally become bad debts. 

NAVNEET SETH, DHURI  


Farmers misusing loans

When agriculture is a State subject why is Prof Lakhwinder Singh addressing the Union government instead of the state government (‘Don’t kill farms for industry’, February 20)? Waiver or relaxation in interest in the event of calamities is understandable, but waiver of loan itself to those who enjoy free power, subsidised seeds, fertilisers, insecticides; those who are depleting water levels, adding to pollution, and using dangerous chemicals in and on vegetables, etc,. is  unacceptable. The well-to-do farmers are not doing hard labour in fields. They move around in open jeeps and stay in rented houses in cities with firearms. 

BK Mehta, by mail


Saving the girl child

Apropos the editorial ‘Beti nahi bachi’ (February 20), you cannot save the girl child by any of the present measures. Doctors and ultrasound owners are being held responsible to prevent the malaise. But the person who wants to kill the foetus, will find ways to do it, which will be risky and unhygienic. Aim at the root cause instead. Punish the rapists and dowry promoters. Holding seminars, training administrative staff and setting targets is meaningless and a waste of money, time and energy. 

SL Bansal, Jagadhri


Junk job biases

Apropos ‘How much longer for change?’ (February 20), we need to change our mindset about jobs. The PM’s pakora selling remark was shamefully equated with ‘begging’ by a former finance minister. The Congress made a mockery not of Modi, but the hardworking and self-employed persons eking out an honest living. Why should the job of a shoe-shine boy not be respected like any other job? It reflects poorly on our collective thinking. The writer is correct in saying that we too are responsible for large-scale joblessness.

Ashok kumar, jalandhar


Nehru can’t be ignored

The middle ‘The other side of Nehru’ (February 13) talks of Nehru’s equanimity in adverse circumstances. Nine years in jail is no joke and he used that time to write. It is sad that deliberate attempts are being made to erode Nehru’s influence and contribution. The citizens of India, irrespective of their political affiliations, owe a sense of gratitude to Nehru for nourishing and strengthening the values of democracy and secularism.

S SAMUEL, Chandigarh


Truth a casualty

Truthfulness was Guru Nanak’s highest ideal, but these days, pseudo-Nanakvadis have distorted it beyond recognition. Truthfulness is hardly a matter of principle; it is now more a matter of convenience. Truthfulness is like a balm on a bruised conscience. Our society is missing this virtue and can revive the moral fabric if we adhere to it.

AKHILESH, Garhshankar


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