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Posted at: May 25, 2018, 12:59 AM; last updated: May 25, 2018, 12:59 AM (IST)

A lesson missed

Reference to the article ‘Two elections, many lessons’ (May 24); the key lessons from the Malaysian elections as applicable in the Indian context seem to have been missed. To only stress on ageing leaders is not taking into account that Mahathir, very early in the campaign, had promised to step aside in favour of the much younger Anwar Hussain, his one-time former deputy and later political foe. Anwar is since released and politically active. Najib also lost because of his unpopular move of the introduction of the GST, which many Malaysians felt had caused the cost of living to rise sharply. The GST has since been reduced to 0 per cent with effect from June 1 and replaced by the Sales and Service Duty.

Maj Gen Jatinder Singh (Retd), Chandigarh

What can PPCB do?

Apropos the report ‘PPCB fails to ensure effluent treatment plants in units’ (May 24), what can the PPCB do when it has no powers? Can it order the closure of erring units? The incidence of pollution in different forms is a matter of serious concern. Noise pollution caused by loudspeakers installed atop religious places or DJs at weddings disturb peace and tranquility of residents, particularly the sick and the aged. Environmental pollution due to hazardous emissions from vehicles and industry, forcing us to breathe in poisonous air is a serious health hazard. Even our mind is getting polluted. In our day-to-day life, negatives like anger, ego, arrogance, hatred and deceit are present, but positive virtues like peace, contentment, love, gratitude and happiness are totally absent. 

Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (retd), JALANDHAR

Contract farming

Of late, the woes of farmers have exacerbated exponentially, leading to heavy debt traps and suicides. It is appreciable that the BJP-led Central government has shown genuine concern to revamp the country’s ailing agriculture sector (‘Model contract farming’, May 24). With a view to doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the MoAFW has floated the Farming Act 2018. It will introduce new, diversified crops, modern technologies and markets, and protect farmers’ ownership rights, among other things. But unlike the RERA model, the government should take necessary precautionary measures to make contract farming efficient and inclusive. How to protect the interest of farmers vis-a-vis contract agencies should be deliberated. After all, national stakes are more important than political ones.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

Unity within easy reach?

Refer to ‘Mega Oppn show’ (May 24); leaders of almost all Opposition parties could be seen at the dais to show their solidarity at the time of HD Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in ceremony as Karnataka Chief Minister. It looked as if the whole Opposition had understood the meaning of ‘united we stand, divided we fall’. The leaders of different parties, and different ideologies, but with one common goal, were seen embracing one another. BSP supremo Mayawati was seen hugging Sonia Gandhi, the pivot of the Congress. Sonia, in turn, affectionately kissed Mayawati on the forehead. It is a good sign for the Opposition to come closer for a common cause, but there are still many buts and ifs. The Opposition has miles to go to achieve unity.

Faqir Singh, Dasuya

All-women crew inspires

Refer to ‘Sail to glory’ (May 24); the six-member all-women crew of INSV Tarini projected the ideology of women empowerment on a world platform. The expedition for the circumnavigation of the globe was a great feat. The crew, led by Lt Vartika Joshi, achieved this target in 254 days. This valiant attainment was also acknowledged by the President. Besides, this was an impeccable example of ‘Make in India’ initiative by sailing onboard the indigenously built INSV Tarini. It is a great motivation for all women, who are told that they should be confined only to the four walls of their homes by our society.


Scourge of corruption

Apropos the middle ‘Choosing to be honest, every time’ (May 24), the moral standards have fallen to such a low ebb that we do not hesitate to swallow anything available to us free of cost. Righteousness, honesty and fair play have become a thing of the past. In every walk of life, opportunism, unethical practices and corruption have become an integral part of life. Politicians, who wish for probity in public life and proclaim to eradicate corruption, are never serious about uprooting it. ‘Fighting corruption’ is a slogan they use extensively only during election. The nexus among wily politicians, business magnates and bureaucracy is the root cause of the growth of corruption. Every department, public or private, reeks of dishonesty. Public apathy is a sanction of such corruption. The social evil can be eliminated through the right type of education and if politicians lead an honest and ideal life. Society has to change its laidback mindset to be honest in all dealings with others. Responsibility and accountability in our actions can work wonders to achieve the desired results. 

Tarsem S Bumrah, Batala

Be content to be honest

Apropos ‘Choosing to be honest, every time’ (May 24), it is true, having money is no guarantee for a person to be honest. We have examples of so many rich and mighty, both at the national and state level, who, having already accumulated fortunes for their next many generations through questionable means, are still hungry for more. The line from Gurbani — Bina santokh nahi ko raja — is apt for such people.

Lt Col HS Dullat (retd), Patiala

Health sciences varsity

The HP Government has decided to establish a health sciences university and is in search of a location. An institution of this level of higher learning requires a lot of space and infrastructure. The place should be approachable by all modes of transportation. Therefore, Una district is the right place for it. The land is plain and hence easier to construct a mega structure. People can travel to the district without much difficulty. There is sufficient market for one’s needs. The district is the only one without any institution of higher learning. By establishing this institution, the government will fulfil its twin objective of spreading good health to every nook and corner of the state and spread higher education. 

Anil Kumar Jaswal, Una

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