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Posted at: Dec 13, 2017, 12:33 AM; last updated: Dec 13, 2017, 12:33 AM (IST)

False alarm?

Questions raised in the editorial ‘Arrest them all’ (December 12) are valid. If the dinner hosted by Mani Shankar Aiyar and attended by Indian politicians (of no less merit and responsibility than the present ‘bosses’) and diplomats from Pakistan is indicative of subversion of national integrity, sedition charges should be slapped against those involved. But it should not be forgotten that the Congress, being the largest opposition party, has every right to discuss issues pertaining the country. It is not the prerogative of the PM alone to think that he is always in the right; others too have the right to express their opinion. Moreover, Aiyar has been suspended from the party, not ostracised. He is still a citizen of India and may have a good number of listeners. The former PM and other dignitaries’ visit to his house is no more a national concern and cause of ire than Modi’s visit to Pakistan without proper invitation. 

Chaman Arora, Ferozepore city

Take it up in Parliament 

Apropos the editorial ‘Arrest them all’ (December 12), Prime Minister Modi’s allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in the Gujarat election has caused quite a sensation. Why was he quiet during the early part of the campaign, or was it retained as the last salvo? The PM should clarify if these allegations are substantiated with facts. The charges need to be investigated by a Supreme Court judge or else the dignity of the PM’s office stands destroyed. The involvement of Pakistan in domestic elections should not be accepted at any cost, and keeping quiet after such allegations would be considered an even bigger betrayal of the country. The issue should be discussed in the forthcoming session of Parliament.

SL Kataria, Patiala

Spoken...not like a PM

Reference to ‘To PM: “Canards. Apologise”’ (December 12); it is perhaps for the first time that a politician has alleged ‘outsider’ hand in our country’s politics. In Gujarat elections, PM Modi initiated the campaign with development plank, but when he realised that the ‘false’ slogan will not benefit the party anymore, he began to blackmail the electorate emotionally. He must remember that he is a democratically elected Prime Minister, whom people trusted blindly in 2014, and not a BJP chief-ministerial candidate of Gujarat. 

Abdul Jabbar, Mohali

‘Pak hand’

This refers to the report ‘Pak interfering in Gujarat polls: PM’ (December 11); lashing out at the Congress, PM Modi said a couple of Congress leaders held a meeting with ‘enemies’ in secrecy. Modi had also visited Nawaz Sharif in a discreet manner. By delivering such a statement, the BJP hopes to get a majority and create a communal divide between Hindus and Muslims. The party likes to add fuel to the fire, which is dangerous for the peace and security of our country.

Jamil Akhter, by mail

Treatment grant for MLAs

Refer to the report ‘Austere’ Punjab hikes grant for treatment of MLAs, kin’ (December 12); it is a clear case of authoritative misappropriation of public fund. Why don’t these self-proclaimed public servants get medical treatment at government hospitals they themselves manage, and also admit their children to government schools? This reveals that they know their own incapabilities and seek treatment at expensive private hospitals at public expense. This is the most condemnable aspect of public representatives. 

MPS Chadha, Mohali 

Collapse of healthcare

The article ‘Not hale, not hearty’ (December 5) presents the stark reality in the field of healthcare, with most private hospitals, no doubt, providing world-class service to ‘top-class’ patients, but also leaving benchmarks in the exploitation of the ‘cattle class’; and making the most of seasonal outbreaks like dengue, malaria and hepatitis. The collapse of the public healthcare system, particularly in Punjab, is responsible for the emergence of new professionals called medical marketing entrepreneurs. Are the authorities concerned keen to redress the situation? 


Accidents in hills

Refer to ‘14 die in HP mishaps’ (December 12); road accidents in Himachal Pradesh are on the increase and the cause can be attributed to speeding, overtaking and intake of alcohol. Most youngsters drive under the influence of alcohol, particularly at night. To stop accidents, the state police should set up mobile checking squads at frequent intervals, so that  defaulting drivers can be brought to book and many lives saved.

Roopsingh Negi, by mail

Promoting Punjabi

Refer to the series in The Tribune on promoting Punjabi, I wish to draw attention to the period when the Punjab Government as well as individuals were serious about the growth of Punjabi language. An incentive of Rs 100 was given to government employees who passed Gyani examination. Students with Gyani pass certificate were allowed to finish graduation (BA) in two years instead of four years by taking examination after every six months. Such students were also exempted from studying Punjabi as elective Punjabi from prep to BA final. Evening classes were held at Govt Mohindra College, Patiala, for MA Punjabi. It gave employees in service an opportunity to improve their educational qualifications, besides the promotion of Punjabi. Professors taking evening classes, in addition to their morning duties, were given suitable honorarium. Two Gyani colleges in Patiala were run by individuals, without government aid. Patiala Gyani College was popular throughout Punjab and Haryana. Correspondence courses were also in practice.


Protest when it matters

Apropos ‘Dangal girl Zaira alleges molestation on flight; police register FIR’ (December 10), instead of raising the alarm while being molested, the actor chose to post a video to draw the attention of people. Her co-passengers would have not been mute onlookers had she acted promptly. Now, the entire authoritative machinery concerned is engaged from top to bottom in the case. That is why it is  said to ‘nip the evil in the bud’. 

Manjeet S Rurkikhas, Garhshankar

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