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Posted at: Jan 15, 2017, 1:35 AM; last updated: Jan 15, 2017, 1:35 AM (IST)

Punjab clean-up

It has been rightly pointed out (Kaffeeklatsch: ‘Time to sort them out’) that Punjab needs a clean campaign, particularly in polling booths where the result will matter more to the Badal family and his ministers. It is true that heads of both civil and police administration are mature officers. But the moot point is if they would be allowed to use their fair judgment. My suggestion is: impose governor’s rule a few months before the Assembly elections. 

LJS Panesar, Amritsar,143006

General versus Captain

Some people may accuse General JJ Singh of lowering the prestige of the post of Chief of Army Staff. But one possibility is the weakening of unity among former soldiers. A man of the stature of JJ Singh could have looked far more graceful had he chosen to contest parliamentary polls from Amritsar, a seat vacated by Capt Amrinder Singh. 

LJ Singh, Amritsar


One could not agree with Gen JJ Singh’s ill-conceived decision to contest the Assembly elections. The language used by the former Army chief against his main rival, Amrinder Singh, is anything but civil, and does not behoove a man who led the great Indian Army. The General must use his own mind rather than acting as the Akali spokesperson.

MK Bajaj, Zirakpur


Even if all parties had unanimously decided to field Gen JJ Singh as their common candidate, he should have turned down their offer. Even though he may come out a winner in this election, he would have nothing to gain. By accepting the candidature for MLA, he has lowered the dignity of the post he once held. 

SS Dhillon, Vancouver (Canada)

Modern tales

Why go so far back as Mahabharata and Ramayana for epic family feuds when we have modern feuds (Touchstones)? The recent churning in political and corporate houses centres on inheriting the family mantle, which has not been a smooth affair. A part of it is in evidence in Tamil Nadu. In Punjab too, the same could be true of the Badals. 

PL Singh, Amritsar

SP family feuds

The unresolved differences between UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and his father-mentor Mulayam Singh may affect ruling Samajwadi Party’s chances in the elections. The rift, besides being due to power and ego, is also because of a generation gap insofar as Akhilesh’s modern approach to governance is concerned. 

Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi


‘Path-breaking plastic’ was an interesting read. Bitumen and plastic are petro products with similar chemical properties, so, they can gel and help in making durable roads. This way, the nuisance of plastic waste management can be taken care of. This is indeed a great idea which can alter the dynamics of road development.

Devinder Garg, Chandigarh

‘Take my word’

The ‘Story of the Skirt and Burqa’ truly describes the ongoing scenario of what is being faced by many Indian women. Reports of stalkers, molesters and rapists are almost a daily routine. The cultural vacuum is a sad reflection on the high values that we hold so sacred. Today we want to read more on the achievements of women like PV Sindhu, Sakshi Singh, Deepa Karmakar and Sania Mirza.

Prof Updesh Khinda, Sultanpurlodhi

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