Why should Punjab always give?

Manish Chibber’s article, “Punjab’s water wars: State under pressure to maintain status quo” (March 31), is full of wrong impressions and does not portray the ground reality. It has failed to see the historical prospective. It is not proper to brush aside Punjab’s claim on its own waters.

The Centre committed a grave error or a deliberate mistake in the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966. How else would Rajasthan get about 8 MAF of water despite not being a riparian state? None of Punjab’s three rivers flows through Rajasthan. On what basis is Rajasthan claiming the benefit?

If they do get it, then why should Punjab not get the benefit of Yamuna waters? About 5 MAF of Yamuna waters were allocated to joint Punjab. Now Haryana uses the same as it is a riparian state on the Yamuna river, while the present-day Punjab is not.

It is pointless to float this bogey of neighbours. Even Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are Rajasthan’s neighbours. Does Rajasthan get water from these states? No, not a drop.

The Ganga canal carrying water from the Sutlej river to Rajasthan was built in the 1920s and the Bikaner Raja was paying money for the same. After Independence, he stopped paying money while more water was allocated to Rajasthan by Indira Gandhi; the Rajasthan feeder was built, which takes off from Harike.

Can judges decide that non-riparian states should get a share of river waters? Then, Punjab should also have a right on the waters flowing in UP, Uttarakhand and even Jammu and Kashmir.

Rajasthan was never part of pre-partition Punjab and not an inch of land in that state was reorganised in 1966. Here in lies the grave injustice to Punjab. How can a state that was never part of Punjab get to enjoy benefits of water and power from the hydro projects owned by joint Punjab, comprising modern-day Punjab, modern-day Haryana and Himachal Pradesh?

There is nothing against Haryana getting some share of water as it is a successor state of joint Punjab. But then, it should also share Yamuna waters with Punjab. Haryana’s share in the Punjab waters can be justified only as a successor state of Punjab and not as a riparian state on Punjab’s rivers. Maintaining good relations is not just the domain of Punjab. Does Haryana allow anything for free to Punjab? The answer is ‘No’.



Cricket debacle

India’s crushing defeat in the run up to the World Cup 2007 is most unfortunate. Many a reason can be attributed to the fall of the squad - complacency, lopsided selection and the lack of killer instinct among the players. They appear to be in form only when they do an ad or other commercial assignment, not otherwise.

Why should Dhoni, Harbhajan, Yuvraj and the likes waste their time in honing the cricket acumen when they can earn crores just by doing an ad? The selectors should immediately impose a blanket ban on their working as brand ambassadors for companies and doing ads for profit. This would help tame the over-ambitious money-spinners from massing wealth and improving their cricket skills.

RAMESH K. DHIMAN, Chandigarh


Our team lost because of its overconfidence. We have lost the most important match against Bangladesh. It is disgusting that our players are busy in signing new ads than to prepare for the World Cup seriously.

Healthy criticism of the team is welcome, but fans should not resort to violent acts like damaging the property of the players. There is always a chance to improve upon their past performance.

It is rightly said, “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”



No doubt, our players are the “fallen heroes” whose only way of gaining entry in the country is through “sneaking in”. It is shameful that these so-called superstars of the Indian firmament got themselves badly thrashed as never before.

This necessitates a thorough and deep searching into the reasons for such a dismal performance. All those who are unwarranted must be got rid of immediately - be it the officials or the players.



Our cricket team’s exit from the Caribbean land and entering their holy land in complete spy-like secrecy and in split formation reminds one of a slightly altered Hindi song: Tera aana dil ke aarmano ka lut jaana with silent humming by players Jane kahan gaye woh din.

B.M.SINGH, Amritsar


There was no killer instinct among our players. If one represents India, he must consider himself as the country’s ambassador and act accordingly. Crores of hopes would be buried with their irresponsible play. Now is the time for serious introspection. Only very good players should be selected to form a perfect team.


Save unborn daughters

The state-level conference on female foeticide at Kurukshetra recently was one of the few conclaves organised in this part of the country. It was heartening to see representatives from the executive, the legislature, the judiciary and various religions come on a common platform on this crucial issue. The response from the public was overwhelming.

The issue of women’s empowerment and female foeticide has become the focal point for the nation to turnaround, jettison the old mindset and look at the future in a different perspective. We must save our unborn daughters at any cost. The whole nation is one on tackling this issue and would like to get on to the task of nation building from here.

Dr MANOJ LAMBA, Radiologist, Kurukshetra 



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