They serve only themselves

The article “When office is a park” on April 8, by Subhash C. Kashyap, is educative, convincing and timely as well. Our representatives swear by the Constitution to work for the welfare of the people. The Constitution was a collective expression of the mindset of the polity. Unfortunately, serving the public has degenerated into a most lucrative profession.

The “office of profit” controversy has brought all the strange bedfellows together. The motive behind is everybody’s guess. On May 10 when they assemble for a ritual, they should rather pause and just peep into their conscience and abide by constitutional morality in letter and spirit.


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Tactless handling

After Gurgaon and Gohana, the incident at Faridabad has once again exposed the tactless handling of the mob by the Haryana police.

True, the police has every right to discipline the antisocial elements who forced their entry into the cricket stadium. But it is also the duty of the police to protect the life and limbs of the innocent cricket lovers, including children and women, who were having valid tickets in their possession

Had the policemen checked the mischiefmongers at some distance from the main gate the ugly incidents could have been avoided.

The authorities should take remedial measures so that such incidents don’t occur again.


Systemic flaws

Our present justice system is criminal friendly and the dice is heavily loaded in favour of criminals. However, the other side of the picture also needs to be examined for a realistic appreciation of this burning problem.

The investigating agency is the main player in detecting crime and giving justice to the victims, of course, through courts. Instances are not lacking when accused persons remain in jail for years and are discharged for want of evidence. Meanwhile, their family set up is irreversibly destroyed. Are such victims compensable as heavily as they suffer?

The politicians and the police are synonymous with corruption. Political interference does play a major role in the process of registration and fair investigation of a case which ultimately goes to the root of the criminal justice system.

The investigating agency should be under the control of an independent wing like the judiciary and the system of checks and balances should effectively operate as both these agencies are primarily concerned for dispensing criminal justice.


Farming kills

Your editorial “Farming kills” (April 5) rightly said that most farmers toil day and night, but are not able to make both ends meet. Their problem has been further aggravated by natural calamities i.e. untimely rainfall, hailstorm and crop failure marring their hope of getting bumper crop.

Not only this, the minimum support price announced by the government does not serve the interest of farmers because the cost incurred on cultivation of a crop is much more than the MSP. The land development banks only cater to the needs of big landlords leaving the marginal farmers to approach the private money lenders to meet their social obligation and those moneylenders behave like Shylock as the government failed to act as Portia.

Time has come for the government to think about the plight of the farmers, otherwise the days are not far away when the country will have to import foodgrains as is evident from the present scenario in the country. The farmer is an “Annadata” and his interest and life should be safeguarded and protected from being taken away by Shylocks.

J.P. SINGH, Sirsa

Power cuts

Unscheduled power cuts in Punjab have made life miserable.

Owners of small-scale and other industries are in trouble. Children whose examinations are going on are the main sufferers. Each family cannot bear the expenditures of gen sets/invertors. Life comes to a stand still due to the unscheduled power cuts. Is the government not aware of these facts?

VINOD KUMAR SUD, Bahadurpur (Hoshiarpur)


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