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Monday, May 10, 1999
Exposing American hypocrisy
THE ongoing bombing of Serbia has provoked various kinds of reactions all over the world. All major non-NATO countries denounce the action of NATO and the USA. The US has declared Serbia as a terrorist state, but I think the USA itself is the largest terrorist state in the world. Recent reports in the newspapers revealed that America is the biggest manufacturer and exporter of arms to the world and who knows where these arms land in the hands of armies or terrorist organisations in Kosovo, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, etc. They talk of capping of all missile and nuclear programmes but it is America that is helping in the proliferation of nuclear arms to other countries like China either directly or through espionage networks (and then it asks us to sign the NPT).
The recent killing of students at Columbine High School in USA indicates the type of psyche of the American people. I think Americans know nothing more than about arms and sex. There are millions of gun owners, both legal and illegal, in America. Most of the American movies are based on violence and sex. This American culture is affecting the whole world very badly.
American media plays its own role in this game which the Americans are playing with the rest of the world. It all starts with propaganda, two to three months ahead, about the country the American leader choose to target and bomb upon. This is done to generate and mould the opinion of the Americans and also of the rest of the world. The reports are purely one-sided, with hidden facts. This can be clearly seen in the documentaries on Kosovo on CNN.
I think all the nations should wake up to the reality and resist the suppression by America otherwise the day is not very far when we will see NATO forces attacking our own borders.
Brig (retd) A.S. Brar in his letter (May 6) on my article, Casualties in Army operations (April 29) says: Of late, uncalled for and unsavoury observations have been made about the quality of our young officers. This is totally out of context, for neither this point nor the standard of training of young officers has been touched upon in the article. On the contrary, they have been rightly praised for their bravery because they are the ones who are virtually bearing the brunt of the counter-insurgency operations.
What has been brought under question is their faulty employment. Imagine the morale of a sub-unit whose commander (major) gets killed in the first go. Does Brigadier Brar know that we got five officers killed in less than three weeks recently? In no other Army of the world officers casualties are so high.
Majors should not be committed at a level which is two to three times lower than theirs. At this rate we will soon run short of officers.
What is required more than follow me is motivation. If we keep on bragging of follow me bravedo, then a stage will come when the buck will stop only at the Maj-Generals level.
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The report Patient inflow falls after hike in charges (May 4) explains the difficulties being faced by poor patients in certain government-run hospitals of Amritsar, particularly after the increase in hospital charges.
It is mentioned that Mrs Luxmi Kanta Chawla, a ruling party MLA, while criticising the increase in hospitalisation charges, alleged that except for a few life-saving medicines, the TB hospital (at Amritsar) had not been getting medicines for the past four years.
It, indeed, looks quite odd that a ruling party legislator should criticise the government and point out drawbacks in a government-run hospital. Actually, being a part of the government, she should share the blame for such a sorry state of affairs. Instead of criticising this thing, she should apologise to the people for her failure to get them their due. She should also have explained as to what she proposed to do to set the things right, and what step would she take in case her efforts failed to bear fruit.
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This is to draw your attention to the overwhelming life-threatening situation we Indian students at the Irkutsk State Medical University are faced with.
Cases of violence against Indian students are on the increase day by day to such an extent that life in the hostel for foreign students is greatly insecure. There are no security arrangements in our hostel. Moreover, since last month the university authorities have opened a bar in the hostel. Now all types of hooligans enter the hostel without hindrance. As a result there have been a number of cases of violence and robbery. One of our friends is already lying with a leg fracture. Now he will not be able to take the forthcoming exams, and has to repeat his fifth year paying another $ 2,000 to the university.
For some time we have got many life-threatening warnings. Our attempts to lure the attention of university officials and the police have not led to any results. Requests to post police guards have also been neglected.
So, we request you to use your influence in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India and that of Russia for due action in the enforcement of security of Indian students here.
(Received in response to the Internet edition).
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Crime against the aged
I fully agree with the views of Mr Avtar Singh on the problem of increasing crime against the aged as published in The Tribune dated 5-5-99.
In many cases, the greedy disowned sons and their spouses with bloated egos do not hesitate even to liquidate their aged parents by fair means or foul, just to grab their self-acquired property.
It is hoped the government authorities would take concrete steps and help the aged at the fag-end of their life.
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