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Patil rewrites Peterís Principle

In his front-page editorial, ďThe guest who overstayedĒ (Dec 1), H.K. Dua has applied Peterís Principle for Mr Shivraj Patil, till recently the Union Home Minister. However, I feel Patil has made even Peter turning in his grave.

With his charming insouciance and unarming innocence, Patil has rewritten the Peterís Principle thus: Every person rises to his level of incompetence: the harder he tries to become competent, the more he sinks into the self-created marsh of self-aggrandisement, ignorance and megalomania.

As of now, the Centreís immediate priority is to set the house in order, instead of playing the blame game. Combating terrorism being a long-drawn battle requires a long-term strategy keeping national interest supreme, cutting across all religions, castes, politics and even nations. Terrorists have no religion, caste or nationality.

International cooperation is a must. India must seek active cooperation from others including Pakistan. This requires a sense of commitment, meticulous planning, ability to work in unison with others and immaculate coordination.



Mr Shivraj Patilís exit, belated hough, has made every Indian happy. The cronym AICC for All-India Congree Committee has become All-India Chamchasí Committee, Patil being the biggest chamcha of the Congress president. Itís time the authorities realised that individuals should match the institutions they hold.

As advocated by Mr Dua, we need a Central modal agency, but it takes two hands to clap. Mere creation of a new formulation wouldnít help until those who man them are correct and competent. The right people at the right place should be the motto and saying goodbye to chamchas would be in the national interest.

K.J.S. AHLUWALIA, Amritsar


While the terrorists in Mumbai were fully trained, fully conversant with the locations under attack and were equipped with latest weapons, our fighting squads were poorly armed and the bullet jackets supplied to them had holes in them. The Centre owes an apology to the nation.

Rolling down of a few heads, including Patilís exit, wonít make any difference. The federal agency and other steps announced by the Prime Minister have been overdue. Their implementation must not be lost in procedural wrangles. The revamping of the intelligence and new recruitment to vacant posts in police and other establishments should receive top priority.

The security cover provided to  the leaders as a status symbol must be withdrawn early. If the leaders are afraid of going to the public without escorts, they donít  deserve to lead them.



Peace is important for development. If terrorists can strike anywhere in the country at will without any hindrance, how can the country survive? Construction of big factories, dams, buildings, roads and huge money spent on them will become useless if a common man in the street is insecure and unsafe.

As for security, there should be special wings in the Army and state police exclusively for tackling terrorism and no other duty should be assigned to them. Their intelligence network should be modernized.  The anti-terrorist wings of the forces in the Army and police need thorough training.

KHAZAN SINGH, Kapurthala


I read the editorial, ďAttack on India: Pakistan is wholly to blameĒ (Nov 29). We have been hearing of foreign hand, ISI or Pakistan involvement for over three decades. And after every terror attack, it is the same old story. As a nation, what have we done to prevent them? Remember Kargil war? What have the panels, councils, boards, packed mostly with bureaucrats and non-professionals achieved so far?

The greatest problem India faces today is the wrong men in wrong places, self-serving politicians and the bureaucracy, with little or no accountability. Unless and until we address this problem with the urgency it deserves, things will  not improve.

Lt-Col M.S. KANWAR (retd), Chandigarh 

Enforce Food Safety Act

Some businessmen have turned merchants of death. They sell adulterated edible oils, grocery and life-saving drugs. These unscrupulous people forget that one day even their own children and relatives may fall victim to this adulteration.

The recent study on adulteration by the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, should be an eye-opener. To curb adulteration of items of mass human consumption, there is an urgent need to enforce the Food Safety Act. The quality of the food items can be maintained by constituting food regulatory bodies.

The enforcement agencies should show no leniency towards food adulterators and take stringent action against them. ISI and Ag mark certification should be made compulsory to check food adulteration.

G.S. PANESAR, Dugri, Ludhiana



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