Who bothers about others’ life?

This has reference to your editorial “Death as tamasha” (Jan 26). There is no denying the fact that the electronic media had tried to sensationalise the unfortunate incident of the self-immolation of Mr Gopal Krishan Kashyap.

There is another side to the whole issue. I have encountered a large number of circumstances in my life where I had to run from pillar to post to get, at the least, my voice heard (what to talk of getting justice!) and that too after intervention of the media.

Widely prevalent lawlessness and corruption in our society have eroded the credibility of the government which prefers to be a mute spectator till left with no option but to take action, as in the present case.

Government engineer Satyendra Dubey had lost his life for exposing corruption prevalent in the highways department through a letter written to the then Prime Minister, Mr A.B. Vajpayee. The public would never have known but for the coverage of the sequence of developments by the print media.

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This time again, the concerned authorities have come to the rescue of a person after he is no more. How many people, after all, need to set themselves aflame till the voice of the common man in this country gets heard?

Timely intervention and an attitude of not making a mockery of complainants may help prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future.



A man immolates himself in front of a posse of media persons as well as the police, after addressing a Press conference and that too with a prior ultimatum. Whereas the administration is rightly blamed for inaction, it is shameful as well on the part of the media persons present on the spot.

The man had already made his intentions public. Standing on a dais, he doused his clothes with petrol, missed lighting the first match-stick, lighted another, and set himself on fire.

During this time, he could easily have been stopped. But the reporters and channelwalas valued a good snapshot of the drama more than the life of the person. Glued to their lenses, they waited for the tragedy to occur.

MANJITINDER SINGH JOHAL, Vill. Mandiani, Ludhiana

End superstition

In this age of science and technology, it is amusing that “gods” are agitating against the Ski village in Himachal Pradesh. The upper areas of HP are still in the grip of medieval beliefs. Poverty, illiteracy and disease are rampant among the followers of these “deities”.

The Gurs are very clever people and they do not want the people to prosper. Prosperity would bring awakening among the people. This will erode their blind faith in the “deities” and the Gurs. How come these so-called devtas do not forecast the various natural calamities that afflict the region?

Reasoning and logic are enemies of fundamentalism. The Ski-village project must go on and the government must not pay heed to this nonsense.

C.R. SHARMA, Bahnu, Mandi

Learning with joy

This has reference to the editorial “Learning with joy” (Jan 25); the writer deserves praise for highlighting the fear caused by board exams, with “their potential for irrecoverable damage and the loss of a lifetime’s opportunities.” I fully endorse the views of the Yashpal committee for lessening children’s burden and am happy to read that a start is being made to give our children a joyful learning environment. In addition, our country’s education policy should be made in such a way that our children after school or college need not struggle to get a job.



I welcome the decision of the NCERT to provide 20 % marks in 10th and 12th finals based on internal school assessment. In order to make this system a success the teachers will have to work with an impartial and dedicated mind. In the CBSE class 10 final examination, 25 marks are reserved for practical examinations in science. This examination is held at the school level.

The main purpose of this examination is to inculcate a scientific attitude among the students. But the students seldom go to the science laboratories; they complete their files and practical work in the last month of the session. The teachers sign the files in one lot. The internal assessment system should not meet the same fate.

GIAN CHAND VERMA,  Yamunanagar

Interest on refund

It is good that the Supreme Court has directed the Income Tax authorities to pay an interest at 9 or even 12-15 percent on refunds from the day it becomes due. At present tax payers have to wait for refund for months, even years, and they are left with no alternative but to issue reminders to the IT department. It is hoped that with the latest directive of the Supreme Court refunds would be made proficiently and automatically.

Prof P.K. GUPTA, Bathinda

Woes of passengers

The local public transport system in Haryana is inadequate and needs modernisation. The auto-rickshaws plying in the State for local travel within city limits carry 8-10 passengers at a time, making a ride in them an ordeal for the common people. Like in Delhi and other cities, the autos should be fitted with fare meters so that you can travel alone or with family as required.

As for public transport, it is quite common to see students perched on top of buses or hanging from the back like a bunch of monkeys. It is time students travelling from near by villages to schools and colleges in the cities are provided with adequate bus services so that they can travel safely in a civilised manner.


Appointing governors

The Supreme Court’s indictment of the Governor of Bihar for committing constitutional impropriety by dissolving the Bihar Assembly with male fide intentions is an appropriate rebuff to the Governor as well as to the Centre. The judgement of the Apex court brings one thing to the fore – appointments of political persons as Governors are certainly not in the interest of democracy.

Instead, people with credibility and high moral standards, with legal and administrative background, should be recommended for appointment to the President, in consultation with the main opposition parties.



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