Police should change its mindset

The editorial, “Brutality at Nurmahal” (June 11) was timely. When will the Punjab police be serious enough to humanise its personnel to serve their real masters i.e. the people of the state? By being brutal to the innocent people, the Nurmahal police has brought shame to the Punjab Police.

No doubt, attempts are made to refresh the police personnel to equip them with people-friendly techniques to deal with the common masses, but all this is done in a casual manner. The approach to bring the public and police nearer to each other, through the concept of Community Police Resource Centres (CPRCs) has lost its zeal. Law-abiding people are generally afraid of the police.

The mindsets of the IPS officers and the lower rung officials don’t work at the same plane. A lot is needed to transform the petrified behaviour of the police officials at the lower levels. Their heavy workload, long-hour duties and dealings with the criminals might have made them devoid of human values. To cope with the situational stress they may be consuming liquor and drugs.


Substantial steps must be taken to destress, refresh and humanise them. Strengthen CPRCs in their true spirits. Don’t segregate policemen from the society they live in. Provide them the necessary equipment and infrastructure to deal with sensitive situations. Their political and police bosses should never exploit or use them for selfish or partisan motives.

Involve the panchayat raj institutions, NGOs, intelligentsia and media while taking up issues pertaining to law and order. Visit the police stations at nights. Try to set up women police stations to solve women’s problems. The overall aim should be to help the stressed policemen to gain their self-confidence while dealing with any tense situation.


Stem the rot

Dr T.R. Sharma's letter "Teach a lesson to callous teachers" (June 8) is timely. The present educational malaise can be attributed to absenteeism, dereliction of duty, factionalism and non-performance of teachers. Teachers are not true to their salt. They lack the will and vision, moral rectitude, self-esteem, accountability, professional commitment and ethics.

The state, the students and the parents continue to bear the brunt of such callousness and apathy. As a result, students are left to fend for themselves. However, there is no substitute for sincerity, dedication and hard work. Disturbingly, most schools and colleges today are lacking in basic infrastructure like good classrooms, drinking water and books.

To stem the rot, those at the helm of educational affairs and the general public should draw an ambitious action plan. The system needs a radical overhaul to ensure quality education.



The writer has suggested in his letter (June 8) that teachers showing poor results should be sent on leave without pay for one year. I would humbly disagree on this issue.

Teachers should be motivated to work hard, learn new techniques. The respect of teachers must be restored. In District Education Offices, nobody is willing to offer a chair to a chair to a teacher.

Teachers bribe clerks far postings and transfers to suitable stations. Corruption and political interference are rampant. Schools are headless and officiating heads are not able to extract work from their teachers. Most of the time, they are busy in clerical work. Administrative acumen is must for heads.

RAVI KUMAR, Chheharta (Amritsar)

Language of the lip

The middle, “Language of the lower lip” (June 2) by K. Rajbir Deswal makes interesting reading. But on-screen use of lower lips by the film actress named by him does not reflect its natural characteristics. The lips, of course, vie with other facial features like cheeks, nose, eyes for attention of the beholder.

Mother nature, while stuffing soft flesh into the edges of the human mouth, could not foresee that both genders would fantasise their biological contraption called 'lips', to such an extent. The lower lip, moving with the lower mobile jaw gets more attention. Its sight is enough to send the lip-lovers into ecstasy with fixed graze. Their lip-service is ever available. The poets have, through ages, been singing poems to the lips of the beauties.

S. S. BENIWAL, Chandigarh

Containing the polio virus

Punjab and other states have succeeded in containing the polio virus considerably due to the hard work of the Health Department staff and NGOs. However, some cases have come up due to migratory population from states such as UP and Bihar. This year, of the total cases reported so far, 50 per cent are from UP and 25 per cent from Bihar.

All children (0-5 years) in the areas affected by polio should be immunised before their parents board trains and buses for other states. The immunisation status of the children entering the states which are reporting less cases should be checked at the entry points.

Presently, some families having children (0-5 years) do not visit the pulse polio booths assuming that the health staff would visit their houses. The government should evolve a plan by which 100 per cent children (0-5 year) come to the pulse polio booths. House-to-house visits should be confined to just seeking confirmation of immunisation at the polio booths.

Dr AJAY BAGGA, Hoshiarpur

Not on party lines

In Shimla, besides outsiders, people from all districts are living as people of Himachal Pradesh. They do not consider themselves as those belonging to lower or upper division. Ours is a pahari state and we are socially united.

However, politicians are dividing us on narrow party lines for their selfish ends. Therefore, politicians in and out of the state should refrain from referring to lower or upper areas in their speeches which is not in the best interest of the state.

J. R. AZAD, Shimla



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