Wednesday, October 30, 2002, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi



Who cares for Punjab?

Hari Jaisingh’s front-page editorial “Who cares for Punjab”? (Oct 22) succeeds in thwarting the rhetorical attempts of a frustrated Opposition to generate a mass protest in Punjab and may even force the thick-skinned to do some soul-searching and leave their vested interests for the sake of the state.

The editorial has been planned, penned and published at the exact moment when the masses to be led (or misled?) are yet in the process of making up their minds and its impact may awaken their better sense to prevail upon them. No doubt, the state, with its coffers empty, finding itself caught in a debt trap and facing a non-helping if not hostile Centre, has to think hard and rational if it has to ensure its own survival. At this juncture, little sacrifices at the individual level may help Punjab in heaving some sigh of relief.

India is a country where people are always on the run for freebies. Be it a sale or some sop, they fall flat. The SAD should, therefore, realise that whosoever joins their protest plan will do so for the freebies and not against the current government. Otherwise, why should have people ousted the SAD government?

It must be realised that a positive and selfless attitude may rather evoke a better response from the people and all the embarrassment that the failure of protest moves may cause, may be saved. And why should the Captain’s campaign against corruption convulse anybody? If you have done nothing, stay cool and nothing is going to happen to you. Otherwise, be brave enough to face the music!

Jagvir Goyal, Chandigarh


CM’s OSDs: Hari Jaisingh rightly says that corruption cannot be tackled by rhetoric, especially with the quality of persons who run the establishment on behalf of Capt Amarinder Singh. I have been a sad witness to “chhina-jhapti” between the CM’s OSDs and advisers. As a retired government employee, I had gone to the CM’s official residence at Chandigarh for redressal of a grievance. There the sordid drama that unfolded right in front of my eyes left me with no option but to return without getting my work done. One OSD used choicest invectives against another OSD and threw away his recommendations.

I wonder why is The Tribune not taking up the cudgels against corruption in the present regime?

Navrattan Singh Kapoor, Patiala

No change at dist level: The crusade against the Congress government has not served the interests of the general public because corruption in the administration at the district level is of the same magnitude as before.

Free power to every farmer without any criteria was an unwise decision. Those who are now raising their voice against the withdrawal of this facility are indulging in cheap publicity and diverting the public attention from their deeds of corruption.

Maj Narinder Singh Jallo (Retd), Kapurthala

Turmoil: The editorial has sent the right message to the public in general and political parties in particular as Punjab is passing through a financial crunch. The anti-India forces take advantage of turmoil created by the so-called well-wishers of Punjab.

Dr T.S. Sidhu, Ferozepore

Departmental corruption: For a corruption-free administration the need is to trap the corrupt and irresponsible officials at the departmental level because the public at large is affected by lower-level departmental corruption.

Ramanand Bansal, Muktsar

Vote-bank politics: It is a known fact that Punjab has remained neglected for decades and paid a heavy price during militancy. In our immature democracy, the present system of government neither provides stability nor strength to the governments at the Centre and the states. People are feeling suffocated in the stronghold of greedy and corrupt rulers playing vote-bank politics.

In the Assembly elections, the divided Akalis fought the united Congress and lost, and are at present trying desperately for their party’s revival. Capt Amarinder Singh is a dynamic ruler and doing a lot against corruption. He has, however, to do more for the people’s welfare.

Jagtar Singh, Mohali

Educate farmers

Mr Badal needs to shun his gimmicks. The guilty need to be exposed and punished. But Captain Sahib, this is not the only reason for which the people elected your party. Help the farmers with newer techniques, try to educate them on how to get the most under the present soil, water and weather uncertainties. Help the unemployed get jobs. Otherwise, it won’t be long before the people decide to find their own ways to survive.

Mandeep S. Nagra, Indianapolis


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