Time to reduce stress in the Army

I refer to the editorial Courting death (Nov 3). It is shocking that the soldiers in the Army have several times shot dead their senior officers for petty issues such as not sanctioning/extending leave, giving additional duties, not redressing their grievances or taking these casually. Losing a senior officer is a great loss to the nation.

These incidents not only tarnish the Army’s image but also demotivate those desirous of joining the Army as officers. Our Army, one of the best in the world, is known for its valour, strength and discipline. Joining the Army as an officer was once a pleasure and privilege. But gradually things have changed and at present the Army is facing an acute shortage of young officers.

Who is responsible for this? The government should try to improve the existing scenario so that the Army becomes the most wanted service. There is a need to manage the stress of jawans, give a patient hearing to their needs and to have a humane face. Some systemic changes by the top brass will certainly reduce the stress and prevent untoward happenings.

R.P. DOBHAL, Chandigarh



Having served the Indian Navy for almost four decades, I do agree that stressed out soldiers pose a challenge. Apart from the stress caused by duties in the terrorist infested areas, domestic disturbances like land grabbing by immediate relatives, other kinds of land dispute, wife’s failure to receive money in time for the treatment of ailing children and, above all, parents’ negative attitude disturb a soldier’s mind.

When a soldier receives letters from home, full of problems, he loses his mental balance and he emotionally appeals to the Commanding Officer. However, at the level of the NCOs and JCOs, the matter is complicated by the acute staff shortage. The officer peremptorily rejects the leave application, making himself not only a target but also the main culprit.

Gone are the days when a serving soldier’s wife boasted of being the wife of the nation’s defender. Today, the armed forces have become merely a military exchange for employment of those who don’t get jobs anywhere else. Today, the armed forces can neither provide dignity nor enthusiasm to perform better.


Bus stand needed

The Gardale bus stand between Bhunga Sahib and Bharatgarh is in a dilapidated condition. In fact, it is not a bus stand in the strict sense of the term. We do not know when the roof (made of straw) and weak walls would collapse. Villagers face a lot of inconvenience because of the poor condition of the bus stand. I appeal to the government to sanction a new bus stand on NH 21.

A.K. SOBTI, Naya Nangal (Ropar)

High moral tone

Please refer to Mr M.P.S. Aulakh’s article Punish guilty for police’s hour of shame dated November 2, 2006 of your esteemed paper. I was glad to read his high moral tone after retirement from the police. In a primitive democracy to expect an apology for such a misdeed from a politician or a man in uniform (in Thailand civil servants too wear uniforms) especially those who come to power through a coup of sorts is asking for the moon.

Only men of nobility who have reached a high moral spiritual state and are confident of their places in society, public life and history can show such remorse.

Can a drunkard relish Scotch whisky? Give him hot liquor fresh from a working still and it will satisfy him. Or can Canterbury lamb, or Parma ham or Alberta beef or chicken Maryland or fish satisfy a habitual meat eater? Give him the meat of an ass and he won’t know the difference. You can ask Mr Dua, our Editor, how a Danish sausage will taste. He’s been India’s Ambassador to Denmark. He will we know. A knave won’t.

Last year both the Chief Minister and the DGP from whom Mr Aulakh expects an apology had me physically and mentally tortured in the Criminal Interrogation Agency staff headquarters of Ropar. Thereafter in jail they specially supervised my discomfort.

Both are neither fish nor fowl. Since Mr Aulakh has used biblical terms of Moses and Mount Sinai I will give a biblical reply — “Don’t cast pearls before swine”. And the Bible further says — “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord and I will recompense it”.

SIMRANJIT SINGH MANN, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Quilla S. Harnam Singh, Fatehgarh Sahib


Recruit college lecturers too

Keeping in view the innumerable vacancies in Punjab’s schools and consequent deterioration of studies, it is appreciable that the government has started the process of recruitment of teachers.

However, it is surprising that little has been done in the field of higher education. Why? In Government Colleges, a large number of posts are lying vacant. The students suffer for no fault of theirs. In most colleges, less qualified teachers, recruited on an ad hoc basis by Principals themselves, are playing with the careers of the students. No recruitment has been done since the Sidhu scam had been unearthed.

I hope the government will come to the rescue of the college students as well by recruiting teachers. Hundreds of deserving candidates with impeccable credentials are waiting for recruitment.

HEM RAJ SHARMA, Hoshiarpur 



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