The danger of nuclear bombs

I read Inder Malhotra’s article “US concern over Pak nukes” (Nov 30). The destructive use of nuclear weapons by angry political leaders is a greater cause for worry. Over 30, 000 nuclear bombs are under the control of politicians of a few nations. The bomb as such is not a big danger; the men who intend to use them are the real danger!

Here are some samples of angry leaders’ rhetoric, of nations suspected of having nuclear weapons. Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran declared Israel as an “enemy of Islam”. Iran does not even formally recognise Israel as a country. It refers to it as the Zionist entity or the Zionist regime. President Mohammed Khatami called Israel an “illegal state” and a “parasite”. Then that “wipe off the map” call for President Ahmedinijad. Israel too has made countless veiled nuclear threats against Iran and Arab nations.

The nuclear weapons can be mishandled in several ways. Terrorists may not make nuclear bombs in laboratories unless they have uranium or enriched plutonium, but they can steal nuclear weapons with the connivance of leaders of nuclear weapons possessing nations. If the nuclear bombs fall in the terrorists’ hands, the world will be moving to a state of assured destruction.



Debate on N-deal

The latest debate in Parliament over the Indo-US nuclear deal may have failed to break the ice between the ruling Congress and the Opposition. But the nation was witness to the debate, courtesy television.

The opponents stood to their known positions. Their arguments were flawed because they selectively quoted portions of the US statements and 123 Agreement to confuse and mislead the people. Obviously, the BJP and the Left entered the House with pre-conceived notions to oppose and reject the deal.

Young MPs like Sachin Pilot and Jyotiraditya Scindia were at their best, defending the deal with all the force at their command.

Lt-Col BACHITTAR SINGH, (retd), Mohali

Power to farmers

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has promised to energise tubewells where land holding was up to four acres. It’s an empty promise. Later, the PSEB advertised the temporary connection scheme. This too has not been implemented.

Now there is the Own Your Tubewell scheme. But power connection remains uncertain. The general category power connections are misused and sold in black market. Those who already have power connections are overusing with vengeance.

Income from farming is palpably low, at less than 2 per cent of the establishment cost. We should charge the farmer for power supply and pay him Rs 1500 a quintal of wheat sold. Are we not creating situations where we shall be extending a begging bowl for food grains before other countries?

Prof B.S. AGGARWAL, Panchkula

Onus on Centre

Himachal Pradesh reportedly suffers a recurring annual loss of Rs 40 crore because the Centre has not effectively intervened vis-à-vis the State’s claim for the allocation of 7.19 per cent share in the power generated by the Bhakra and Beas projects as envisaged under the State’s Reorganisation Act of 1966.

The people are entitled to know why has the Centre treated the state so shabbily and what steps have successive state governments taken to set matters right. Don’t the Centre and the state government owe an explanation to the aggrieved people of the state?

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Road menace

I commute daily by car 10 km each way between my residence in Chandigarh and workplace at Mohali. There is very poor traffic discipline at traffic lights. The worst offenders are cyclists, motor cyclists and rickshaw pullers. Police, if nearby, has a casual and nonchalant approach. I have never seen this aam admi variety of offenders ever being challaned.

Dividers between two-way roads are broken with impunity and cyclists and mechanised two wheelers can approach you from the wrong direction. Street lighting is poor, inviting accidents. Despite much talk about repairs, many roundabouts are an obstacle course skillfully designed with numerous speed breakers, cracks and even potholes.

If one was to drive with the car’s windowpanes open, choking from diesel fumes exhumed by Blueline autorickshaws is a distinct possibility. Overspeeding by semi-literate chauffeur-driven private taxis, maxi cabs and carriers is a common sight. With rising traffic, which is in a perpetual hurry, the accident rate is all set to increase unless stringent checks are enforced.

Col NAVKESH SINGH, (retd), Mohali


Give seats to elders in buses

The authorities have reserved eight front seats in local CTU buses for women. It was a heart-rending scene the other day to see an infirm elderly lady boarding from the front door and standing with no vacant seat. While no lady sitting on the reserved seats helped her, a gentleman offered his seat to her. May his tribe increase!

This episode proved that senior citizens and physically challenged persons, irrespective of their sex, deserved to be seated on priority. At all counters in banks or other public offices, a separate queue for senior citizens and ladies should not be an optional gesture but made mandatory.

The members of the now-no-longer- weaker-sex deserve to be helped and encouraged to stand on their feet rather than their seeking reserved seats.




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