Elect good people to save polity

THIS has reference to the editorial “Out with the tainted” (July 6). It is heartening to note that the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to deny tickets to the tainted during the next Assembly elections. We know, in name of “winnability” the shady elements make their way to secure party-tickets. But the moot question is: who is “tainted”? Mr Dullo must elaborate. I suggest all political parties to follow a rating-scale to select a candidate. He/she must understand the basic ideology, policies and programmes of his party. His general approach should be democratic, secular and liberal. He should be a good orator, inspirer, guide, team worker, example-setter, result-oriented, courageous, popular and a leader strongly concerned with the societal problems.

He/she must possess a potential to resist temptations, allurements and feudalistic tendencies. He should be capable of rising above his self and always accessible to the needy. He must promote accountability, responsibility and transparency in the civil and police administration. And finally, he should be a non-drinker, non-land grabber and a man of character, vision and substance. This will keep those with criminal background off politics and representative institutions. It is time to cleanse politics. Good forces must unite and assert to save the polity.



Increasing accidents

There is a spurt in road accidents in recent times. Buses roll down in gorges and hills in Himachal and Kashmir. This implies that drivers either are incompetent, overtake or have no control over their vehicles. They also drive the buses rashly and in an inebriated condition.

To avoid accidents in the gorges and curves, there is an urgent need to reduce the speed of the buses. Drivers should be properly trained in this regard.



Daily we hear about car accidents in our region. When pilgrims visiting holy shrines lose their lives, our faith in gods and goddesses is shaken. There are no words to express the grief of old parents when their newly wedded sons/ daughters get killed in these accidents.

Most friends use cell phones while driving. Why don’t they stop vehicles for a few minutes when they receive calls on their mobiles? Children should not be allowed to drive cars in streets. Strict action must be taken against the traffic police for dereliction of duty.

P.L. JAIN, Sirsa

Punjab Act must be repealed

THE Punjab Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act, 1976, should be repealed. The acquisition of surplus urban vacant land has not served the interest of the common man. The Act has been confined to those whose excess land holding has been fixed on the basis of individual plots.

In Punjab, land development has been slow due to procedural formalities. Further, too many cases are pending in the courts. As this has hampered the housing activity, the Punjab Act must be repealed.

Under Section 21 of Act, the competent authority can exempt surplus land if tenements are built for the poor. This is an impractical proposition. However, the discrimination procedure for the exemption of excess vacant urban land has led to rampant corruption and has affected the enforcement of the Act. Delays and administrative bottlenecks have affected the authority’s functioning in Punjab.



Without direction

The Congress party and its UPA government at the Centre look in a terrible state and both are without direction today. Even after having 145 seats in the Lok Sabha, the Congress either hardly looks to set the agenda or stay on top of it.

At the same time, the Opposition and the second largest party in the Lok Sabha, the BJP, also has been in total disarray in the past one year. It is time the two parties seriously considered coming together to fight terrorism. The Congress, in particular, should not worry about what people would think of its secular credentials. An Indian voter is always willing to eat a humble pie for all the rainbow reasons given to him.


Peace after war

I refer to G.S. Bhargava’s article “Peace after War” (July 17). Jawaharlal Nehru donned Barrister’s gown and hood and rightly defended INA which was accused of treason by the British. As Prime Minister of free India, he did not integrate INA with the regular Indian Army to maintain discipline; yet he honoured some with ministership while others as freedom fighters with pension.

The integration of Maoist guerrillas with the regular Nepali Army should be viewed in this context. The days of Red bogey are over. The flickering of the dying candle cannot become the rising sun. The alternative to Maoism is democracy, not autocracy of the crown or sword. A soldier is an apostle of discipline. It is always the officers, and not soldiers, who lead the military coups.


Driving licence

At present, a 16-year-old boy/girl is allowed to ride a scooter/auto (50 cc). A student generally passes his Class X at the age of 15 years. Then, to go to a college, he needs his own vehicle. At present, in the absence of 50 cc vehicles in the market, students are compelled to ride higher capacity vehicles (up to 100 cc) and, in the process, are challaned/fined by the police. Consequently, parents are put to great inconvenience. Why not the authorities allow students to drive 100 cc vehicles?


Morinda bypass

This is regarding the long completed Morinda bypass. Big heaps of earth have been thrown on both the meeting points and in the middle of the road, with sign boards of ‘Roads is closed’. The Chandigarh-Ludhiana road users are disappointed.

Dr G.S. GILL,Mohali



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