Friday, September 14, 2001, Chandigarh, India



A Janus-like government: when Jagmohans get punished

The article “A Janus-like government” by Mr Hari Jaisingh (Sept 7) is thought provoking. Each successive government has betrayed the people. The nation has been fed on false hopes and promises. In this period of great recession, exports have declined, jobs have decreased and the industrial production is sagging.

Perhaps the country is passing through a period of mismanagement, non-performance and non-governance. It is a period of "ad-hocism", factionalism and fractionalism. Only the blue-blooded, the favourites and the faithfuls are adjusted at plum positions. They stick to these places for decades together while the "soft-targets" become victims of all types of rules and regulations.

When a "performer" like Mr Jagmohan is hurt, what can be the fate of lesser mortals? Entrenched vested interests are able to thrive and carry on their activities unchallenged.

Dr L. K. MANUJA, Nahan

Opportunists rewarded: It is the sheer bad luck of our country that people who work honestly and assiduously in the interests of the nation are often punished and sent into oblivion. On the contrary, the corrupt, the selfish, the hypocrites, sycophants and opportunists are rewarded with plum posts and are placed at positions where they can mint money.


This is what has been done to Mr Jagmohan, who was doing an excellent job as Minister of Urban Development. For his good work, he has been shown the door and allotted an insignificant department of Tourism sans Culture. It clearly smacks of government's lack of prudence, will and far-sightedness. Obviously, it has become politically bankrupt.


Non-performing govt: Mr Hari Jaisingh has brought into sharp focus how the Vajpayee-led NDA government has failed on all fronts — agriculture, industry, economy, literacy, poverty-alleviation programmes at al.

A non-performing Mr Yashwant Sinha continues to survive and thrive despite the awful slidedown in the economy. The Urban Development Minister, Mr Jagmohan, lost his portfolio for he wanted to give the nation a green Delhi, a clean Delhi free from the land mafia. Human Resource Development Minister Murli Manohar Joshi is singing his “murli” of astrology and astronomy, not the least concerned with primary education, with fighting illiteracy. What a scandal!

Starvation deaths, which have plagued Orissa since the days of Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao, continue. Is it not a national shame? Is this the India of Gandhi's and Jayaprakash Narayan's dreams? Is this JP's antodya?


Poverty up: The writer has stripped off the mask of the BJP-led NDA government head by Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee. The government, it has become clear, is now run by opportunism, factionalism and even occult feudalism. There has been a fall in industrial production, exports and job opportunities. The incidence of rural and urban poverty has increased.


Wheat grass juice

Apropos the article “Chemotherapy & wheat grass juice”, Dr J.D. Wig has done well to educate the public about the process involved in and effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Patients suffering from cancer and their families must have benefited from the two-part write-up.

One of the most important side-effects of chemotherapy is that generally the blood counts (haemoglobin, TLC, DLC etc) fall during this treatment. These counts have to be maintained up to a certain minimum level (by taking food or medicine supplements) for the chemotherapy cycle to be continued.

I read in a book (Panacea on the Earth-Wheat Grass Juice by Dr D. R. Gala & others) that these counts can be maintained at the required level by daily taking certain amount of wheat grass juice. This juice contains active chlorophyll in abundance (chlorophyll has almost same structure as hemin a part of haemoglobin with the difference that chlorophyll molecule has magnesium at centre while hemin has iron). Moreover ph of chlorophyll is 7.4 (slightly alkaline) as is the case of our blood. That is the reason that wheat grass juice is quickly absorbed in the blood.

We tried this wheat grass juice therapy on my wife, who has undergone breast cancer surgery and has taken five cycles of chemotherapy. Her blood counts have remained within the required levels during all these cycles.

Will Dr J.D. Wig comment upon this so that other cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can benefit from this.

Y. P. MAKKER, Malout

Burqa in Kashmir

The militant organisation forcing Kashmiri Muslim women to wear the burqa is applying a strange logic. Why cannot it also issue the same order for the Muslim women of Pakistan?

Incidentally, the wife of President Musharraf does not wear the burqa in public. For that matter, ladies belonging to the families of Pakistani army officers have never been seen wearing the burqa. This clearly shows that these jehadis are a bunch of cowards terrorising innocent people in the name of religion in Kashmir.

ASHOK SHARMA, Vancouver (Canada)



King-hearted Kairon

Of late there has been a controversy over the rating of Chief Ministers of Punjab. However, I would confine myself to the contribution of the late Partap Singh Kairon, better known as the “Sardar of Soldiers” and the prince of the poorest of the poor.

In 1950 my village completed the settlement of land. There appeared to be an error and two kanals of land was allotted less to us. During the early fifties when I was serving on board a warship, I received a letter from my father in this regard. Kairon was then a Minister of Consolidation Holding of Punjab. I just wrote a simple letter by name to Kairon, who directed the Settlement Commissioner of Jalandhar circle to investigate the case immediately. To our surprise, the lost land was restored to us within one month.

On another occasion when Kairon visited Dharamsala as the Chief Minister of Punjab, people started garlanding him. A veteran of World War I having a frail frame of body tried to see the CM, but the security staff pushed him back. Kairon noticed this and admonished the staff for preventing people from meeting him. When the CM called the soldier, he (soldier) could not remain composed and cried with a letter in his shivering hand. The case pertained to a land dispute and the other party was harassing him.

Sardar Kairon summoned the Tehsildar and in Punjabi asked him how much time he would take to restore his land. The Tehsildar sought seven days’ time. Kairon gave him another three days and asked the Tehsildar to report to the DC on completion of the job, failing which he should prepare for a transfer. The work was done within four days. The World War I veteran left the place smiling, praying for the Chief Minister.



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