We must save the institution of marriage

I READ Dr Virendra Kumar’s write-up on the post-matrimonial scene in India (Sunday Oped, Oct 7) was timely. Admittedly, there has been a spiraling increase in the rate of divorce in recent years, particularly among the 21st century couples living in metropolitan cities.

The writer has tried to highlight the genuine intent of legislation in Clause (2) of Section 23 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, though he has cited only one case to prove his assertion. However, one cannot reach a generalisation that courts tend to save marriages. Once the legislation is invoked, there is hardly any possibility of reconciliation between the husband and wife, thanks to our advocates and an indifferent judiciary.

The writer’s conclusion, therefore, is only theoretical, the ground reality being “courts prolong pendency of divorce cases” if that can be called “saving marriages”.

Prof MOHAN SINGH, Amritsar


Matrimonial conflicts are increasing day by day though marriages are never solemnised to be broken, of course, leaving aside the fraudulent cases. As the writer is talking about increasing number of divorce cases in cities, big and small, increasing jobs and migration are behind the breaking up of the marriages.

In cities like Chandigarh, there are good opportunities to rise. And so accommodation for paying guests is increasing. Obviously, it is difficult to adjust in the married life after you live independently as a PG or in a hostel. Whatever the reasons, parents of both parties have to act wisely and help the couples to adjust.

The law courts, too, ought to listen to both parties as the parents would like the parties to understand that married life is more about responsibility and fellow feeling. Encouragingly, we live in a society where relationships carry great value. Thus, every effort should to be made to save marriages.


Bane of corruption

I read Sankar Sen’s article, “Criminals in uniform” (Perspective, Oct 21). Is it worth talking of corruption any more? We know it enjoys an honoured place everywhere and has come to stay as a “corporation for co-operation” with money changing hands over and under the table as like shaking hands.

In a country where unemployment and poverty are rampant and the politicians and bureaucrats busy to fill their coffers at the first bell unashamedly. The writer hopefully knows that if the Lok Sabha is heavily infested with MPs with criminal records and corruption cases, why not have police the same way? After all, we should believe in a popular saying “to set a thief to catch a thief”.

The only way left is “hang the culprits by the nearest lamp post at the first opportunity, as a Supreme Court Judge said the other day. If 25 IPS officers in only one state can have questionable credentials, why should we blame a police constable with petty pay packet to show morals and ethics?

A national consensus, I am sure, will overwhelmingly stand by the side of the learned Supreme Court Judge for his sagacious remarks.

B.M. SINGH, Amritsar


Education in Punjab

Lt-Gen Harwant Singh’s article, “Education in Punjab” (Perspective, Sept 30) was very informative. Our education system is what Macualay introduced over 150 years ago. It aimed at producing clerks for them. Despite many reforms after Independence, our education system is far from satisfactory.

We have the 10+2+3 system based on the New Education Policy of 1986. Everyone wants to be a doctor, engineer or work with MNCs. The modern education system is based on cramming rather than on thorough knowledge. Manual work has taken a back seat. Corruption and unemployment are the byproducts of this education system.

In admission and for jobs, merit should be the sole criterion. Only then, our education can take the country to the 21st century. Technical education and computers should be made selective. Degrees and diplomas offer no gainful employment to students. Most intelligent students go out of India in the form of doctors, engineers and other technical personnel. This brain-drain has to be minimised.


Amusing banter

I read the book review “Bureaucratic anecdotes” by Kanwalpreet, (Spectrum, September 30). Many incidents related to various bureaucrats have become a source of wit, laughter and satire. I want to share a few anecdotes.

Once an Arab chief who became a guest of Maulana Abul Kalam Azaad was offered a very reddish coloured tea by the Maulana. The guest took a sip and remarked, “It is very bitter”. Maulana retorted, “Take it, take it, truth is always bitter”.

Once a function was held to honour Einstein in which Bernard Shaw was also invited. During his speech, Shaw remarked, “At present, there are only two great personalities in the world, and the second one is Einstein”.

Once Plato was asked by someone, “You have travelled extensively in the sea. Tell me, which thing during the voyages struck you as the most wonderful?” Plato replied, “My safe return to the shore.”



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