Onus on leaders or Punjab’s poor finances

Capt Amarinder Singh and Mr Parkash Singh Badal accusing each other of the financial crunch in Punjab is like the pot calling the kettle black (Editorial, “Towards bankruptcy”, Aug 7). Both are equally responsible for making the once prosperous state in the country cash-strapped.

Successive governments have been resorting to populist policies to divert people’s attention from their problems. As our leaders have a vested interest in not finding solutions to them, they take recourse to unproductive measures for cheap popularity. They do not realise that ultimately populist schemes will lead to bankruptcy.

The Chief Minister should try to improve Punjab’s financial condition through good governance and polices for the all round development of the state. He should take all sections into confidence and ensure peace in the state.

HEMA LANGERI, Hoshiarpur (Punjab)



The Punjab government’s Atta-Dal scheme launched on Independence Day aims at wooing 13.21 lakh blue cardholders. In addition, with free water and electricity to the farmers and Dalits, the state is being deprived of creating a durable economic infrastructure. This political window-dressing is negating Punjab’s income and job generating potential.

At this stage, we should have produced mature leaders with attributes of good leadership. The people themselves should have absorbed periodic fluctuations in the prices of essential commodities without state crutches as they have been economically empowered over the last 60 years.

D.S. RAI, Commandant (retd),Ludhiana

Rewrite history

The English newspapers gave little or no coverage in their Independence Day supplements about the Sikhs’ sacrifices in the freedom struggle and the huge losses its peasantry suffered after Punjab’s partition.

Jinnah and the Muslims got Pakistan. The majority community in India reaped tremendous political benefits. But the Sikhs got a truncated Punjab which was further divided in 1966.

The Gaddar and Kuka Movements, the Kamagata Maru revolt, the heavy influx of prisoners in the Andamans’ cellular jail and the bulk of the INA were all the handiwork of the Sikhs. Yet, the Army attacked the Golden Temple and countless Sikhs were butchered in 1984. The Sikh leaders and the Sikh intelligentsia must goad the SGPC to start writing the true history of the Sikhs’ role in India.

Maj-Gen HIMMAT SINGH GILL (retd), Chandigarh

Leadership failure

The Punjab Municipal Corporation election results explicitly prove the Congress’ failure to improve its political functioning right from the 2004 Lok Sabha elections (Editorial, “The urban sweep”, Aug 10).

Corrupt and ineffective leaders have spoiled the Congress’ organisational structure. The leadership has failed to rise above narrow selfish ends. They have forgotten the party ideology and their duty towards the cadre and the poor masses.

The Congress High Command should pull the party out of the current mess. It should assign the leadership to those who are pro-people, secular, democratic and humane if they expect the party to perform well in the next Lok Sabha elections. Can’t the Congress ensure inner-party democracy to evolve the right kind of leadership?



Let EC disqualify MLAs 

Even as the legal battle is on over the Goa Speaker’s action in restraining three MLAs from voting in the trust vote in the State Assembly, the defection game continues unabated. Three MLAs have now quit the BJP-led Goa Democratic Alliance and joined the ruling Congress-led alliance.

Whether Chief Minister Digambar Kamat continues in office or not, the Speaker has added another shameful chapter to the history. This is total subversion of the Constitution.
It is time the Speaker’s power of disqualification was withdrawn forthwith. The Centre should implement the Law Commission’s recommendation (170th Report) that the power of disqualification under the Anti-Defection Act should vest with the Election Commission and not the Speaker. A strong political will is needed to introduce this reform.

SHUBHRA BHATNAGAR,Punjabi University, Patiala

Doctors in train

While travelling by trains, if old men, women and children fall sick, there is no doctor for prompt treatment. Medicines too are not available on the spot. The affected passengers are forced to break their journey at the next station to get medical treatment.

In the interest of safe and uninterrupted journey, the railway authorities should provide the services of a doctor with necessary medicines in every train so that passengers can get immediate relief.

TEK CHAND DUBB,Alawalpur (Jalandhar)

17 cops for minister

The Goa government should immediately withdraw the unprecedented security with 17 policemen and two police escort jeeps given to Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane. The state exchequer should not be burdened for the security of a Minister who feels threatened by the land sharks on account of his alleged deals that may have gone sour in connection with the now scrapped Goa Regional Plan 2011.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamt should ask Mr Rane to engage private security to defend him and not burden Goa’s people with this huge financial burden. Who will safeguard the common man if the other ministers also seek such security?




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