Towards peaceful coexistence

"The best of all monopoly profits is a quiet life” (Thought for the day, Opinion Page, July 9) is of great relevance today. The steep rise in the recent past in the cases of schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, teenage suicides, juvenile crime and stress-related problems compels a rethink on our skewed assumptions as to what constitutes a successful life and a sense of well-being.

The world has changed drastically in the last decade or so. People have become more status conscious, publicity crazy and money obsessed. Society’s one-dimensional definition of success in the exclusive domain of wealth generation coupled with the philosophy of success at any price leaves little space for ethics and integrity.

Money has taken the pivotal position completely overshadowing the non-material side of human nature. Globalisation and increased wealth generation have heralded an environmentally destructive culture of unbridled consumerism. The ramifications of this complex have destroyed the fine balance necessary for harmonious relationships between man and man and man and nature. In fact, Bob Dylan’s hit song of the seventies “Times are strange, people are crazy…” has become relevant more than ever.


The need of the hour is go get rid of our false artificial needs and restore our connections with the nature for an emotionally satisfying and a truly peaceful and harmonious coexistence.

GAURAV JULKA, Ferozepur City

Dhanda’s conduct

The editorial “Forest bound” aptly suggested all the negative factors of government functionaries like Harish Rai Dhanda. I agree that the post of Chief Parliamentary Secretary is the Chief Minister’s attempt at giving ministerial berths to some MLAs without actually calling them ministers.

Under this mask of power, Dhanda sought allotment of a forest rest house as his residence against the rules and regulations. It is a very serious matter and the Chief Minister must check Dhanda’s behaviour.



I appreciate the editorial on the subject. The incident regarding allotment of forest rest house in favour of the Chief Parliamentary Secretary shows how ministers misuse their powers. I am shocked to read about Harish Dhanda’s conduct.


Drive against pest

The report “Drive against pest saves many trees” was good news for all nature lovers. We welcome the joint efforts of the PAU and the Forest Department to decycle the pests by rapping the bands around the trees. But it is not the ultimate remedy as these will also harm the community parks, lawns, kitchen gardens etc.

These epidemic hubs not only sucked the trees in Chandigarh but made a substantial loss to the keeker and sheesham trees standing on the berms of the roads and canals in Punjab and Haryana. Though thousands of such trees have been falling, neither the Forest nor the Agriculture Department has bothered to save them.

The hubs have attacked the cotton crops in the Malwa belt and the Agricultural Department has not prescribed any specific pesticide. The agricultural universities in the region should take up the challenge and help save the crops and the flora and fauna of Punjab and Haryana.

N. S. MALHAN, Odhan (Sirsa)

Tread with caution

G. Parthasarathy’s article, “The Bangalore connection” is timely. He rightly advised in his article that the events should not be swept under the carpet out of considerations of “political correctness”. His views need utmost attention. What is needed is “corrective action” and not “political correctness”.

RAMESH KOHLI, Jalandhar City


Amritsar’s changing face

There is a popular saying in French, “The more things change, the more they are the same.” Is Amritsar, the city of the famous Golden Temple, changing? This is the question that flashes across one’s mind while going round the city almost aimlessly to have a feel of the place of one’s education, growth and, of course, upbringing.

As change is the law of nature, the mushrooming of new hotels, fancy shopping complexes, renovation of old buildings and houses and bazaars should not surprise anyone. The Golden Temple is once again humming with people — locals and tourists. Even the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee appears to have modernised its style of management to keep pace with the changing times.


Monsoon havoc

The plight of the residents of Chaman Garden, Railway Road, Karnal, is miserable since the construction of a road at an elevated level is causing obstruction to the natural flow of storm water in the rainy season. Whenever it rains, the water enters nearby houses.

As household items are getting damaged because of the rainwater, the district authorities should make arrangements for quick drainage of the rainwater.

S. S. NAGPAL, Karnal



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