We should stand by our soldiers

Lt-General R.S. Kadyan’s article, More than meets the eye in the Army rape allegation (July 4) was direct and elegant. He has given a frank and clear perspective on the problems faced by the Indian Army while tackling insurgency. I share the writer’s concern about the increasing number of allegations against the Army personnel in the Valley. The Army is fighting a tough war against the ISI-sponsored terrorism which, unfortunately, has some sympathisers among the local people. They will not miss an opportunity to defame and demoralise the Army by levelling false allegations against it.

The recent rape allegations in Pati Kunan village could very well be pre-planned because as Lt-Gen Kadyan rightly points out, the entire incident defies a logical analysis. Moreover, the Army has well laid out laws and procedures to deal with its members in case they are found guilty. The Indian Army has shown a great deal of commitment and courage in countering insurgency anywhere in India. It has always done a splendid job in maintaining law and order whenever other law enforcing agencies lost control. We must stand by our soldiers to keep their morale high. The media must understand the tough and hostile conditions under which they have to work while countering insurgency and must listen to their side of the story before “sensationalising” any news about them.

Jaispring Group,


Execute projects

In Haryana, the contracts for laying sewerage pipes are generally awarded to small time contractors enjoying clout and political connections and not to those who can help execute the project in time. In Narwana, the entire 2-km stretch Canal Road has been dug up in one go and the project stands abandoned. The school children and residents are mute spectators to the highhandedness of the contractors.

In public interest, the authorities should minimise the public suffering and help complete the projects fast.


Smoke-free Chandigarh

On July 15, Chandigarh will have the unique distinction of being the first smoke-free city of India. It will be yet another feather in Chandigarh’s cap. It is heartening to hear that the UT Administration is keen on implementing it in letter and spirit.

However, the success of the resolve will depend purely on strict enforcement which is generally found lacking in most cases. A case in point is the ban on the use of polythene bags. Since smoking areas are being earmarked, the sale of beedis and cigarettes should be allowed within those areas only.

Why should there be a booth in Sector 17 Bus Stand premises selling these products and even a smoldering rope to light cigarettes? Why should an opportunity be given to people to commit an offence and then spend resources to stop the same?

As for distance, instead of 100 metres from educational institutes, it should be 500 metres and should include religious places also.

Lt-Col BHAGWANT SINGH (retd), Mohali

Rainwater havoc

The plight of the residents of Sujan Singh Park, Sonepat, is miserable. Since the construction of a concrete road (Old DC Road) at an elevated level, rainwater enters our houses. The problem has aggravated due to the construction of a water reservoir in the adjoining park as also of a pucca wall around it. This contaminated rainwater is a big health hazard.

As our household items are getting damaged because of the rainwater, the district authorities should come to our rescue. Arrangements for quick drainage of rainwater brook no delay.

D.V. SOBTI, Sonepat

Genocide in Darfur

What is the use of having a high economic growth rate of 10.4 per cent which China attained last year, if the people’s minds have not developed enough to feel the sufferings of humanity? What happened to school girls at Sulela in Darfur and some others in South Darfur is shameful. It reflects the typical mindset of the developed nations and bodies like the UN and the Security Council.

Developed countries like the US, UK and others, which call themselves as guardians of humanity and fighting against the rising terrorism, poverty and sufferings, are basking in the glory of their economic growth. They don’t understand that poverty anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere.

SWATANTER, Pathankot




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