Thursday, October 11, 2001, Chandigarh, India


Crackdown on money-laundering

It is now clear that terrorist leader Masood Azhar and his mentor Osama bin Laden have used the hawala system in India for the movement of terrorists' funds. If we are serious about eradicating terrorism, money-laundering must be cracked down. But the money-trail leads to many leading politicians in India and also in the rest of the sub-continent. This is a task which devolves on the Ministry of Finance but there is something rotten as far as this particular Ministry is concerned. If the PM examines the Rakesh Mohan imbroglio, he will find the tip of an iceberg. But for anything to be achieved in choking of terrorists' funds, the PM must personally take charge of the operations. He must at least go back to the nineties and find out all the shady financial transactions in which Indian politicians were involved.

To start with, find out why Subramaniam Swamy obtained a draft for Rs 45,00,000 from the Barakhamba Road, New Delhi branch of the Vijaya Bank on November 15, 1989, and eight days later he obtained yet another draft of Rs 10,00,000 from the same bank. Where did the hard cash which he paid over the counter come from?



If the PM starts following the money-trail leading to Indian politicians across the spectrum, he will find that in March, 1991, at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Delhi Police arrested two Kashmiri militants. After that the police did a good job and was able to track down 38 leading politicians but they escaped by legal acrobatics. In view of the PM's goal of zero-tolerance against the scourge of terrorism, may I underscore the need to give a most effective and convincing message to India and the world by bringing every single Indian political leader who has been involved in hawala or other shady financial transactions to justice.

Prof M. L. SONDHI, New Delhi

A failure justified

We say our friend has failed, parents say our child has failed and teachers say the student has failed. I can justify a student's failure with the following calculations. How can you expect a student to pass in the following conditions?

Total days in a year = 365 days.

A student sleeps for 8 hours in a day.

So time of sleeping in one year: 8x365/24=122 days.

Remaining days : 365-122=243 days.

Time for dinner, lunch and breakfast per day= 4 hours.

So in one year: 4x365/24=61 days.

The balance days: 243-61=182 days.

Summer vacation after exam=49 days. Balance days: 182-49=133.

College functions take nearly=11 days, Balance days =133-11=122.

Exam days during the year = 15 days+15 days+1 day (approximately).

Balance days =122-31=91 days, Winter vacation in a year=15 days.

Balance days=91-15=76 days, Sundays in a year = 52 days.

Balance days= 76-52=24 days, Other holidays (Divali etc)=23 days.

Balance days=24-23=1 day only.

And at least for one day teachers are on leave. So how can we expect a student to pass in an examination?

MANJIT KAUR, Yamunanagar

Nursing officers

Apropos the report "Row over nursesí uniform goes on" (Sept 13) by Vijay Mohan, I fail to understand how a change in uniform can change the attitude of a person or interfere with his or her duties? How nursing officers can be mistaken for doctors when they do round-the-clock duty and whereas doctors come only for routine rounds in wards and when even a sweeper in the Army wears the same uniform and is not mistaken for a doctor? If the wearing of olive green trousers and shirts makes nursing officers look rigid and unfriendly, then what about the doctors and nursing assistants, who are equally responsible for patientsí care and well-being? A handful of Army officers who object to our wearing olive green uniform suffer from an Identity crisis and jealousy.

Further, Vijay Mohan has written that nursing officers are not commissioned officers. It speaks of his ignorance and it seems that the article has been written without verifying the facts from the appropriate authorities. Nursing officers are definitely commissioned officers.

CAPT SIMI SONI, Meerut cantt



Focus on PoK

The write-up by Mr Amar Chandel on the subject of enslavement of PoK (Sept 15) is an eye opener. The plight of the people there is worse than the slaves. They have been deprived of all fundamental rights.

They feel genuinely aggrieved that India seems to have disowned them. Though a large part of Kashmir has been illegally annexed by Pakistan, India has done sweet little to reclaim it in the past 50 years.

WG CDR C. L. SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

PM's blunder

Prime Minister Vajpayee has committed a monumental blunder by making India a nuclear power. After India carried out nuclear tests, Pakistan followed suit in order to restore the so-called balance of power in South Asia. After the recent terrorist attack in Srinagar, the J&K Chief Minister has asked the Centre to declare a war on Pakistan. Before Pokhran II India used to have superiority over Pakistan in conventional warfare. By becoming a nuclear state, Pakistan has neutralised that superiority. In the event of a war the Pakistani leadership may be forced or tempted to use nuclear weapons.. If that happens, it would lead to an all-out nuclear war and assured mutual destruction.


Attack on Assembly

The suicidal attack on the J&K Assembly complex clearly shows that the Pakistan President is not going to permit any let-up in blood shedding in the valley despite strong international opinion against terrorism. He knows that the Indian leadership is weak and can do nothing except indulge in meaningless rhetoric.

V. P. SHARMA, Chandigarh


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