Wednesday, December 12, 2001, Chandigarh, India




National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Corruption: Akalis & Congressmen in same boat

Capt. Amarinder Singh, PPCC President, has often made allegations of corruption against the Akali government, particularly against Mr Parkash Singh Badal. This reminds one of the election days about five years ago when Mr Badal and Mr G.S. Tohra never got tired of making similar allegations. Both these parties are making a fool of the public. Both are equally clever and corrupt in their own way.

If the Captain is sincere, he should declare that no corrupt politician will be given the Congress ticket, especially the 12 ex-ministers against whom corruption cases are pending in the Punjab Governor's office. In that case very few ticket seekers will be left and there will be no problem in ticket distribution.

DR. RANBIR SINGH PANNU, Amritsar

Sycophancy

A delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and some members of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee called on the Prime Minister at his residence on Gurpurb. Mr Vajpayee was presented with a siropa, a kirpan, a shawl and a photograph of Guru Nanak Devji. It thanked the Prime Minister for the financial aid to Punjab.

Some supporters of Sikh Congress M.L.A.s of Delhi met Mr Kamal Nath, who is in charge of Delhi Congress affairs, and presented him siropas, sweets and gifts on Guru Nanak’s birthday. As per media reports, they put claims and begged for ministerial berths for their political bosses in the impending reshuffle of the Delhi Ministry. Why do we stoop so low to become sycophants while celebrating a Gurpurb?

KULDIP SINGH, New Delhi



 

Gas leak & relief

"After 17 years of gas leak disaster" (Dec 3) by N.D. Sharma was thought-provoking and also disheartening. At Addenbrookes Hospital, University of Cambridge, England, where I had the fortune of working for some time, once the subject of this gas-leak tragedy came up for discussion. One of the local professors, who had been to India and was familiar with our system, was absolutely disgusted with the shoddy and insensitive way our authorities were handling this issue, and the level of corruption that was preventing relief from reaching the actual victims in time.

At that instant, misplaced patriotism clouded my judgement. But I was ashamed in retrospect that our system is so abhorrently callous to its own people. It was understandably with justifiable pride that this Englishman and another American could say that had such a thing happened in their countries, the people, the political system and the judicial system would have ensured that the culprit company, howsoever influential, goes bust, paying compensation.

DR. ANURADHA KHANNA, Panchkula

Army curbs on roads

The Army authorities declare all such roads out of bounds for civilians as pass by the residences of senior officers and create barriers, resulting in inconvenience to the public. The Supreme Court has given directions that no road, made out of public funds in the cantonments and military stations, will be banned or restricted for use by the public.

But the Army authorities in Kasauli seem to be either ignorant of the directions or have chosen to ignore them. A side road leading from the Kasauli bus stand and joining the Kasauli-Gadkhal-Dharampur main road near the MES Inspection Bungalow, used regularly as a shorter route by pedestrians going from the Sanawar-Gadkhal side to the Kasauli bus stand, bazar and offices in the cantonment, has been declared "No thoroughfare". The Army authorities must remove the restrictions to avoid inconvenience to the public.

RASHMI JOTSHI SHAROTRI, Kasauli

Bill on promotions

The Centre is going to introduce a Bill in the winter session of Parliament to provide out-of-turn promotions to SC/ST employees without realising the adverse effects. If the Bill comes through, it would be a deviation from the golden rule of justice and equality. The Constitution does not permit any citizen to be treated unfairly or unequally. Efficiency of the administration would suffer.

SHYAM LAL SHARMA, Chandigarh

Not in good taste

The NCR Tribune's issue dated December 6 carries a front-page picture showing the distribution of free uniform among the needy students. Everything is in order, except showing the recipient boy in the picture. It is not in good taste. Let us not further humiliate the poor.

I appeal to you and to all concerned to desist from showing the recipients in such pictures. They are already on the receiving end.

RAM SARAN BHATIA, Faridabad

Tailpiece

Q: Guess what does President Bush sing these days?

Ans: Chithi naa koi sandesh/ jaane naa woh kaun saa desh/ jahan tum chale gaye!

KJS AHLUWALIA, Amritsar

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