We should take care of elders

ADITI TANDON’s article, “Give the old their due” (Spectrum, Nov 4) was timely. The government has indeed woken up to the challenge. The article raises many points relevant to the problems of the aged and the authorities concerned will hopefully look into these.

The children should take care of their parents. We should understand the needs of the aged – their routine, their likes, dislikes and pranks. At times they feel bitter and unhappy, neglected and unwanted. Sit with them for a while and chat with them.

Retirement is mandatory for those in service and voluntary for the self-employed. The elders should accordingly plan for their retirement. One should do post-retirement plans from the age of 50 years. Financial resources, investments and outcome can always be planned in advance.

Government bodies and society can do a lot for the aged. They should establish more and more old age homes with proper nursing facilities and day care centres. Open more and more clubs for seniors for promoting interaction. Provide more travel concessions in buses, trains and aeroplanes.


We need to strengthen the joint family system and take adequate care of the medical needs of the senior citizens. Ensure separate queues for the seniors. They do not enjoy waiting. Always address elders respectfully. “Baba” and “Bhaiya” are rustic and unwelcome words.

R.D. ARORA, Chandigarh

VC quit on his own

I read the article, “Another VC forced to quit” by Dr S.S. Johl (Perspective, Dec 2).  Mr S.S. Boparai has not been forced to quit; his own unlawful actions have made him quit the Punjabi University.

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) has brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court a number of instances in the matter of illegal appointments by Mr Boparai. It has pointed out many financial irregularities committed by Mr Boparai. He failed to give satisfactory replies to the questions posed by the Vigilance Department.

Mr Boparai quit the University since he could not face the vigilance enquiry.  It is, therefore, incorrect to say that the VC has been forced to quit the university.  Nobody compelled him to resign from the post.  The decision was of his own volition.

Dr Johl is wrong in saying that the Congress government did not change the Vice-Chancellors appointed by the previous governments. When the Congress came to power, Mr Boparai’s predecessor was changed.

Dr. MANJIT SINGH, Professor of Social Work and JAC Convener, Punjabi University, Patiala

Not an oil cooler

H. Kishi Singh’s column “Good motoring” (Saturday Extra, Dec 1) has some factual errors. While describing the turbo charger fitted in the diesel engines, he has cautioned the vehicle owner to ‘idle’ the engine for 30-40 seconds before stopping. This is a must.

However, his point that the intercooler will cool the oil is incorrect. The intercooler is not meant for cooling the oil. The intercooler cools the air coming from the turbocharger before it is injected into the engine when the intake valve opens.

The reason for idling the diesel engine for one minute at starting and stopping is that the turbine rota gets proper lubrication for its ‘floating’ bearings. The intercooler is simply an air cooler and not an oil cooler. His description about the turbocharger, rota, intercooler lacks technical facts. Also his advice on engine oils.n

V. TIWARI, Chandigarh

Let’s retain and revive our value system

The article “New-look Neta” by Anita Katyal (Spectrum, Dec 2) was a good effort to initiate a discussion and present the views of our representatives on the ‘ten commandents’.

Change is the law of nature and in the present times when we are witnessing a paradigm shift from localisation to globalisation, the value system is also tumbling.

The core concern of the debate is to retain and revive our value system and reflect it in our public life.

On the issue of wearing khadi, the comment by a worthy Member of Parliament was that no alternative to khadi was available in the pre- Independence era.

Our worthy representatives need to update this knowledge.

The main aim of Gandhi behind khadi was the reflection of ‘simple living’ by merging the identity of the leaders with the common man, as well as supporting local industry.

Instead of merging ones identity from the common folk, nowadays khadi only seeks to distinguish it. That is why our young generation is facing the dearth of role models from amongst the leaders. The issue of supporting local industry is also defeated.

As far as possession of property in excess of ceiling laws is concerned, what is expected from every law-abiding citizen is the true revelation of one’s property/ income and honest tax paying. The political leaders are supposed to lead in the matter and should set an example for common citizens.




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