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Posted at: Aug 22, 2017, 12:47 AM; last updated: Aug 22, 2017, 12:47 AM (IST)

Emulate Jawaharlal

Nobody can remove the name of Nehru from the pages of the history of India (‘Denigrating Nehru’, August 19). His contribution to India’s freedom, his intelligence in collecting data and facts regarding the history of India, remarkable writing skills in his work ‘Discovery of India’, his emotions for our soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the 1962 war came in the form of tears, listening to Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Ae mere watan ke logo’, his equation with international leaders and effort toward world peace cannot be forgotten. Present-day leaders should learn maturity and compassion from him. He worked for work’s sake, not for popularity. 

Pooja Tiwari, Kaithal 

Overdose of Nehru

In ‘Denigrating Nehru’, S Nihal Singh, as expected, finds omission of Nehru’s name from the presidential address deliberate and unwanted. In a democracy, doesn’t the President have the right to speak his mind, or does a bunch of intellectuals force words in his mouth? If the latter is true then our democracy is at stake as its first citizen has no freedom of speech. Moreover, it is not about denigrating Nehru or anyone else, but elevating those heroes who never got their due because of biased Leftist historians. As schoolchildren we saw that Nehru, Gandhi and the Mughals occupied entire history, with only passing reference to heroes like Shivaji, Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh. We have had an overdose of Nehru, with almost every public venture being named after him or his family. As an Indian, I respect him but nobody can force me, or our President to keep singing his praises. Nehru was mortal, he had his fair share in our history, why can’t we just move on without making a hue and cry for something as petty as mentioning his name in a speech?

Yogesh Garg, Patiala

Revenue Act

Refer to ‘Revenue Act not amended, kurki yet to become history’ (August 19); even before the legislation of the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1887, the tales of tyranny of land revenue collectors was rife for centuries. The coercive provisions of the Land Revenue Act, to effect recovery and other dues, included even arrest of defaulters. Land revenue, though considered meagre, had remained beyond the paying capacity of farmers even hundred years ago. Even though the Act is amended to exclude kurki of land or household goods, there still remain civil laws to auction the land if farmers fail to pay back private debt. As the government is unable to find ways to waive farmers’ loans, it is sloganeering on the abolition of kurki without doing anything useful to help farmers. 

Hardish kaur sandhu, Amritsar

Gratitude must

My compliments to Aadi Vaidya who thanks everybody and everything (‘Be thankful, say thank you’, August 21). The writer correctly observes that the attitude of gratitude is a human trait that all should follow. It gives peace and spreads good will and trust. One should try to cultivate this feeling; it costs nothing. Some words of appreciation take us to the top. A genuine thanks does not bring down one’s ego, rather it is an honour for the person who has made some contribution in your life. Appreciation elevates and expands human spirit. Lack of gratitude is a sign of arrogance.    

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

Dera head not above law 

Apropos ‘Get ready for consequences if verdict against dera chief: Premis’ (August 21), when there was much hue and cry for law to take its own course in Varnika Kundu and Nirbhaya case, why are people bent upon taking the law into their own hands vis-a-vis  dera chief Gurmeet Singh? If a former Chief Minister or sitting High Court judge can be brought to book, why should a religious sect guru be given preferential treatment? People must understand that no  one is above the Constitution and the law of the land must prevail.


Bullet trains can wait

Apropos the Khatauli Kalinga Express disaster, the toughest and most risky job in the railways is of a trackman (gangman) and other track supervisory staff, as they have to patrol the track in the hottest and coldest weather, during floods, heavy rains and other vagaries of weather. But they are the lowest paid compared with other categories of staff. The track is the lifeline of the railways and yet the most neglected in terms of men and material. Bullet trains and fancy stations are welcome, but the timing is not ripe since budgetary  resources are on a shoe-string, and in a country where millions sleep on pavements. We are already making a record of sorts in the spate of accidents. Thousands of vacancies are lying vacant in the safety department and Prabhuji is dreaming of bullet trains. If the DRM, GM and ME are penalised when they are not directly involved in accidents, why should the Railway Minister not quit, as done by Lal Bahadur Shastri, on moral grounds? 

BM SINGH, Amritsar

Railway safety

The recent train mishap in UP is tragic; deep condolences to the bereaved families. More safety measures need to be taken so that loss of lives does not occur in future. But I want to point out that the railways is poorly managed. I recently travelled from Najibabad (UP) to Pathankot in a sleeper class, booked in advance. When we boarded the train, it was crowded and we managed to get to our seats after an hour-long struggle. It was difficult to sit comfortably. People were even occupying the floor with children. Toilets were in a shabby condition. No TTE was seen since the start of the journey to the end at Pathankot, nor any security personnel. The government should take serious safety steps and ensure enough seats before going for bullet trains.


New low at Infosys

It is disappointing that the board of Infosys has dealt with the Sikka issue in an unprofessional manner. Infosys appointed Sikka when it was in dire need of takeover from the old guard. Sikka started with a bold technology vision and was keen for acquisitions.  Narayana Murthy was against this strategy. His allegations of corporate governance lapses in the company led Sikka to quit. When Sikka-led Infosys was in transition to being run professionally, Murthy should have been clear about his role as well as succession planning. He has failed on this count. Moreover, uncertainty related to the CEO’s post will lead to more changes at the top. The morale of employees will take a dip, which could impact the business and reputation of the company in days to come. 

Khushdeep Goyal, Patiala

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