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Anti-terror law is the need of the hour

The anti-terror law is a thoughtful and urgently
required step. Countries like the UK and the US have
an effective law to combat terrorism. So why can’t
India have the same?

There is little doubt that terrorism with deep roots is jeopardising the right to life, liberty and security of the people of our country. A war against terror needs specific laws. The terrorist activities have to be countered in a society in which the rule of law, democratic values and human rights are observed.

If specific anti- terror law is established, it will help the government to fight terrorism and ensure the protection of human life and property. Thus the government will regain the trust and faith of public.



HARPREET SANDHU, Former Additional Advocate General Punjab, Ludhiana

Bush “shooed”

I read the news “President Bush ducks shoes in Baghdad” (Dec 16). The incident may appear insignificant as of now. But it has a number of important lessons.

One, the world does not like a bully, even if he is the head of the most powerful country in the world. Secondly the higher you go, the more humble you should be. Who told Mr George Bush to behave as if the world belongs to him?

Moreover, it is easy to destroy but difficult to construct. You can destroy a nation but not its spirit. In shoes that Muntadar al-Zaidi flung at the US President, he conveyed the annoyance of the Arab world towards the US and its self-sought “bigger than thou” image.

Mr Barack Obama will do well to take the message from the incident and ensure a more humane face of the nation that he is soon going to lead.

MADHU R D SINGH, Ambala Cantt


All said and done, US President Mr George Bush’s sense of humour has to be appreciated. The way he faced a hostile reception in Baghdad stands testimony to his unique quality of putting up a brave front.

Actually, throwing shoes at someone is a childish act. But in the fracas Mr Bush has emerged as an admirable politician.


Make classrooms work

I agree with D.S. Cheema’s article “Getting students into the classroom” (Dec
9). His comments on substandard guide notes, tuition culture, insipid lectures,
parental apathy, student’s casualness, and consequential joblessness are
absolutely appreciable.

I firmly believe that there are just two reasons for a student to be drawn to a particular subject – love for the subject and love for the teacher. We ought to take cognisance of the fact that though surrounded by a world full of glitter and glamour, the major section of present day students is still as innocent and impressionable, as at any given time in human history. In fact our young learners are competing in a world full of stress and strain hardly known before.

Thus role of the teachers becomes more crucial. Their scholarly ability coupled with benevolence, patience, single-minded devotion and dedication to the cause of higher education alone can make teaching and learning a joyful experience. Let us not turn our back on our students. By allowing them to while away their precious time, we shall be failing in our duty as educators.

Dr SATNAM KAUR, Former Principal, D.A.V. College, Ferozepur

Pak not serious

Pakistan is not at all serious about combating terrorism.The actions taken by it have been no more than a whitewash. The so-called banned or sealed sites are functioning normally.

The Pakistani Government is in a rather defiant mood. Besides, it is evasive and also gutless. The world community cannot expect political action from it, given the precarious situation it is in.

BK CHAUDHARI, Worcestershire, UK

Right perspective

I find online Tribune a very reliable source of information as well as a good platform to share my opinion. I strongly feel that some people in power take undue advantage of their position and take wrong decisions which results in grievous suffering to the innocent people.

The rhetoric in response to the attacks in Mumbai is great. But why was there no outrage after Gujarat and Delhi riots? Let’s try not to rake up the issues from the wrong perspective. There has been ample evidence that a series of events have taken place due to decisions of the politicians. So why not hold them accountable for the suffering?


Power question

Punjab is facing an acute shortage of power. The long power cuts in the domestic, agricultural and industrial sectors have resulted in inconvenience to the public and financial losses to the industry and the farmers.

I want to enquire if there is a power cut in the residence of the Chief Minister of Punjab and the Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board? Further, what electricity saving measures have they resorted to?

Dr B.R. SOOD, Hoshiarpur



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