Consensus must on national issues

I have read H.K. Dua’s article “The weakening Centre: Consensus needed on national issues” (March 29). Most political parties are today busy in petty pursuits even at the cost of wider national interests. The UPA’s allies — like the NDA’s allies — want to cling on to power, but put down the Centre on various issues. The need of the hour is that in the next Lok Sabha elections, we should vote to a powerful national party.

Unlike in the US and UK, a two-party system would solve India’s weak, fragile and unstable rule of coalition culture. The present coalition has totally failed to eradicate poverty, unemployment and illiteracy.

SUNDER SINGH GIANI, Dialpura (Mohali)


Putin’s offer

I have read K. Subrahmanyam’s article “Putin’s offer: India must get denial regime scrapped”. He says that Russia was considered an “autarchic” super power 17 years ago. Was this country “autarchic” for its own population, developed or developing countries?

In spite of inherent weaknesses of that system, had this country’s economic resources helped uplift the condition of its own people? Had the recipients of economic aid including the communist and socialist blocs assisted or betrayed that country? There is need for a close look of the past and present of this country.

NIRBHAI SINGH, Sarpanch, Bholewal Quadeem (Ludhiana)

Waiting in the court

Can senior judicial officers ignore the Supreme Court’s directive that the members of the medical profession should not be unnecessarily called to the courts and, if called for evidence as expert witnesses they should be allowed to go as early as possible keeping in view the nature of their duties to the patients.

Recently I appeared in the court of a senior judicial officer as expert witness in a murder case and informed the court of my arrival. I had to wait for more than an hour though the court was busy in some civil cases. This might be happening to many doctors who otherwise are not willing to highlight the matter due to fear of the court and ignorance of the law and the Supreme Court’s directions.

Being a representative of the associations of forensic medicine experts and in-service doctors of the state, it is my duty to highlight this problem being faced by the medical professionals. I appeal to all concerned to do the needful in public interest.

Dr D.S. BHULLAR,Patiala

Costlier cinema

Cinema had been the cheapest source of entertainment in the past. Of late, however, it has become dear for the city’s middle class. Soon, it will become out of the reach of many sections.

Chandigarh’s theatres are giving place to huge malls and housing multiplexes. A few have already been flattened while others could be on the way. K.C.Theatre, famous for its D-shaped design, has been devoured by building sharks.

A multiplex, no doubt, provides amenities that the old theatres lacked. But those who watch the movies in the lower stall find it tough to afford a ticket today. Chandigarh is now left with only a few theatres for this class of viewers. The needs of the frequent visitors to the cinema halls need to be considered and addressed to by the multiplex owners who must comprehend that economics does not work always. After all, they are the ones who decide a movie’s fate.



Brand Gandhi

The editorial “Brand Gandhi” (March 27) has only refuelled my interest in the charisma of this great personality who stood for non-violence and secularism. To me, true Gandhism symbolises simplicity, equanimity and love for the suffering humanity for which Mahatma toiled in his lifetime.

Some politicians pay lip service to this great personality while others try to gain political mileage by criticising him for fanning communal passions and discord in society. In my 55 years of life, I have never read or heard about Gandhiji having accumulated wealth in his own name or had any bank account.

Brand Gandhi will continue to stay on for its mass appeal since it is the ultimate saviour of the suffering humanity. My only submission to our countrymen is, let’s follow the great Mahatma’s ideals in our life.

B.B. GOYAL, Samrala

Badal is right

What Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal says regarding Section 78 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966, is logical. I don’t think raising this question at any platform, including the Supreme Court, would adversely affect the Center-State relations.

All Mr Badal seems to be saying is that in the case of rivers flowing through Punjab, the same yardsticks as were used in the southern states shall not be used. The reason: the basic conditions in the south and in the case of Punjab and its adjoining states are entirely different. Again, if Mr Badal raises doubts about the Centre’s power to interfere in matters on its own, he seems to have a point.

It would be interesting to see what Mr Badal plans to do and in what spirit the Supreme Court would take it. It would be an important ruling which should be accepted by all concerned parties in letter and spirit.




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