SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI


THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
M A I L B A G

Brutalisation of police force

The front-page photo of “lathi-happy” policemen and extensive report “Cops lathicharge ITI students” (December 21) really exposes the increasing brutalisation of the police force. What does one call a State where students, teachers and the jobless are treated like criminals by their own police? Are we citizens or subjects? Several recent incidents only show the extent to which the police force has been brutalised, putting a question mark on the hollow claims of the government to build police-public relationship and confidence.

The administration should act responsibly and tackle such explosive situations sensibly and not with contempt and animosity. The same Mr. Parkash Singh Badal was very critical of police brutalities committed under Congress rule and now he is just turning a blind eye towards police atrocities adding to progressive loss of people’s faith in politicians.

Question is who will police the police. Is there political will to improve the things?  Media should play a more aggressive role to expose and sensitise the public of ever-increasing, naked, notorious and beastly activities of the police. Until fear of law is instilled among the police and officials making them realise that they are not above law, nothing is going to change.

 Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda


 

Cages and innocent prisoners

During my visit to Chandikrit-2007 exhibition on December 21, I was impressed to see industrial development of the City Beautiful, but at the same time was stunned to find a ghastly glimpse of man’s cruelty towards beautiful birds kept in cages at stalls no 35-36.

They were being sold at the rate of Rs 400 per pair. I wonder since when have this beautiful creation of God become a part of the industrial development of this city? If industrial development means cruelty, ruthlessness and heartlessness to birds and animals, then it is better to remain primitive with love for all — big and small creatures in the mind.

Such insensitive and ruthless display of birds in captivity for the entertainment of man must be denounced by one and all. After all, animals and birds were created in their own kind and not for captivity, possession and caged entertainment of the so-called civilised and industrially developed man of today.

I wonder the authorities concerned have a clue of what is going on right under their noses and are actually concerned to implement law and order or just pretend to do so.

Dr (Mrs) Chand Vashisht, Jagadhri

Implement it

The declaration by the Prime Minister that three components i.e. agriculture, education and health care would be allocated over 50 per cent budgetary support during the 11th Five Year Plan period is really commendable. But does this budget get disbursed properly to each component after implementation of the programme keeping in view its importance and necessity? If yes, then how judiciously is it utilised within that component? For many years such declarations have been made by previous PMs also but the lacuna remained in the way of implementation and monitoring in budget utilisation which proved these efforts futile.

Hence, a close monitoring is required not only at implementation level but at each step until a desired result is obtained.

Dr Sachin Upmanyu, HPKV, Palampur

Namaste greeting

The American Journal of Infection Control has published a report warning hand-shake to be even more infectious than kissing. Earlier also American health authorities had recommended greeting by folded hands instead of western style by shaking hands or kissing endorsing Indian style of saying “namaste” with folded hands for normal greetings.

It is one of many such glorious aspects of Hinduism which are purely based on highly advanced scientific theories set by ancient saints after deliberate analysis.

Many similar aspects were fixed as religious rituals so as to be compulsorily followed by the commoners by our ancient saints. Even Indians deviated from such scientific religious bindings because of multiple reasons like misuse of religious beliefs by selfish priests and blind following of western culture. In larger interest of mankind, such aspects should be analysed and popularised which can be best done by popularising Sanskrit which has a wealth of hidden treasure for welfare of mankind.

MADHU AGRAWAL, Delhi

Who is “bogus”?

As per the detailed contents of the front page story titled “Bogus lecturer in soup…” (Chandigarh Tribune, December 22) one can easily make out that it is not the lecturer who is “bogus” but the administration that made it possible.

Still, no high head will roll and the high-connected lecturer will lose nothing but his promotion. Three cheers for the Chandigarh administration!

BALVINDER, Chandigarh

 


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