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50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

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N-deal must be debated in Parliament

I read the editorial, “Deal in coma” (Oct 17). Whether the Left parties withdraw support to the UPA government or not over the nuclear deal, both the Left and the Congress are answerable to the nation. If the Left is opposing the deal, it should make its stand clear before the people on the main points on which it has serious differences. The Congress should also make it clear why it is not allowing a debate in Parliament. In sharp contrast to this, the subject has already been discussed in the US Congress.

Why has the Congress-led UPA government not come forward to discuss the agreement in Parliament and bring the truth before the nation? The Prime Minister, being an eminent economist, knows the cost of the mid-term poll to the Lok Sabha, if held, and its adverse affect on the economy. The common man will suffer if there is no amicable solution to end this impasse.

KHUSHDEEP GOYAL,
Talwandi Sabo



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I agree with the editorial view that though the Left parties are maintaining that they are opposing the nuclear deal in the national interest, they are actually doing so for protecting their traditional votes. The Left has a history of opposing the majority view.

Whether it was China or the Ram Sethu project, the Left supported China only to keep their Chinese leaders and the minorities in good humour even if it is at the cost of the country’s progress. It is in this context that the media should play a positive role in exposing the evil designs of all those who are against the nuclear deal.

SHYAM MANOCHA, Panchkula

III

The UPA government should not scrap the nuclear deal with the US. The country is reeling under acute power shortage. Though we are exploiting all hydro and thermal power resources, the shortage cannot be made up.

Obviously, the civil nuclear deal would provide a sizeable quantum of fuel for nuclear power. If the fall of the government is feared due to the Left’s tough stand, we should still go ahead with the deal. Let there be a referendum on the issue.

G.R. KALRA, Chandigarh

IV

O.P. Sabherwal’s article, “Don’t kill the N-deal” (Oct 17) rightly called upon the Left parties to review their stand on the nuclear deal. It is only to meet the energy requirements of our country that the Prime Minister is serious about operationalising the deal. The Left should not play spoilsport.

American President George Bush, too, prevailed upon the US Congress in getting its approval so that India can meet its long-term energy security needs. Though the Left is exerting pressure on the government against the deal, has it assessed the colossal to our economy in case the UPA formally decides to scrap the deal? Hope better sense will prevail on the Left.

MUKUND LAL KAUSHIK, Chandigarh

V

Unfortunately, the UPA ruling coalition at the Centre is a divided house. There is a tug-of-war between the Congress and the Left over the nuclear deal. Ms Sonia Gandhi at last threw the challenge to the Left which sticks to its communist ideology. The Congress is firm on its democratic and secular stand. The BJP is opposed to the deal only to embarrass the government.

The issue could be debated in Parliament, but the BJP would not allow it. The Left listens to no one when it is a question of exposing the US as a capitalist country where money matters most. All the political parties should sit together and find out a way out of the present impasse. Otherwise, they will lose their credibility.

Prof HARI SINGH, Kheri Jat (Jhajjar)

Of ragas and raginis

As deviation from the fundamental principles of Indian classical music has become the order of the day, ragas and raginis have lost their effect. They can produce the desired effect only if principles concerning Tal, Swar, Vadi, Samvidi, Anuvadi, Purwang, Uturang, etc, are strictly adhered to.

In olden times, Raga Malhar and Raga Deepak used to produce rain and fire respectively. Similarly, according to an old school of music, diseases such as TB, cholera and plague were cured with ragas and raginis such as Bhairav, Bhairavi and Hindol.

Already, Western music has had an adverse impact on the Indian classical music. We, too, have started creating new ragas and raginis by making our own permutations and combinations of Swar in utter disregard of the fundamental principles. Let ragas and raginis remain in their pure and sublime form.

RANJIT SINGH CHOHAN, Mohali

 


Teachers’ transfer

Teachers are being transferred following Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s orders. The Director of Zilla Parishad, Punjab, issued a general letter to all District Zilla Parishad ADCs to give priority to ETT pass teachers only and not to B.Ed pass teachers for the same job. This order is discriminatory and against the law which provides equal opportunity to all.

TARA CHAND JHAND, Dudwindi (Kapurthala)

Incomplete projects

In Jalandhar City, construction of three flyovers is in progress. Work on these bridges is at a standstill. Now the government is going to start work on yet another flyover near Sadar Police Station. It would be better for the government to complete the earlier projects first before launching the new one. The people are facing problems because of the incomplete projects.

SHAKTI KANT SHARMA, Jalandhar City
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