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Let sane voices prevail

Rajinder Sachar’s article “Tackling terrorism” (Dec 19) was really the voice of sanity. The rational people of India must come forward to oppose the misguided belief that the best solution of terrorism lies in attacking terrorist training camps located in Pakistan.

Such adventurism is sure to lead to a full-scale war. Should this be allowed to happen? Let us remember that war always causes unimaginable destruction. Precious human lives are lost. There is no alternative to peace as it is the first prerequisite for progress and prosperity.

The best way to tackle problems related to terrorism is to create a strong public opinion against terrorism at a global level. Along with it all the governments must formulate a joint strategy and a mechanism to combat and crush terrorism.

After Mumbai attacks, Pakistan is under acute international pressure to act against terrorists and their network and it is time for Pakistan to act swiftly. This will earn it the goodwill of the entire world. This will also open gates of progress and prosperity for the poor people of Pakistan. Pakistani intelligentsia and the media can play a big role by suggesting and standing by their government on this issue.

On its part, India, while taking all possible steps to combat terrorism, should not play into the hands of hawkish elements. The world must help Pakistan launch a strong drive against rogue elements present in its army and society.


Right to silence

The Supreme Court of India has recently held that a citizen has certain rights like “necessity of silence”, “necessity of sleep and rest”. The apex court has further observed that these are biological necessities and are essential for health. Silence is a human right, as noise is injurious to human health.

But in Amritsar city, there are several streets where cricket is played even at odd hours by youth, with the result that the students preparing for their examinations, patients and the elderly people suffer greatly.

This brings us to a vital question : should streets be used as playgrounds? Are youth free to cause nuisance? Shouldn’t nuisance be punishable? If so, is it not the responsibility of the police to ensure a noise-free environment?

B R PREENJA, PES (retd), Amritsar

Dollar mirage

News items like “ NRI brings bride in copter” (Dec 13) enhance the craze of people in India wanting to settle abroad. Young girls after reading such news start nursing grandiose dreams about NRI life partners. But all this is a mirage.

Most of the immigrants, who land here, if they are educated, do not find jobs commensurate with their qualifications. Therefore 98 per cent of immigrants pick up menial jobs mostly as labour.

My suggestion to all the educated and well-placed individuals is: try to achieve and progress in your own country. The parents of prospective brides must verify the antecedents of the NRI grooms and their families before offering their daughters in marriage. The parents need to be very careful and my sincere advice is — “Think before you leap”.

BRIJ RAJ, Mississauga Canada

Woman who inspires

The decision to appoint Ms Chanda Kochhar as the CEO of ICICI Bank is welcome. With the current turmoil in the market, the task ahead for Ms Kochhar is a challenging one, but one is sure she would come up trumps.

The Indian banking history is replete with examples where female heads have taken over and revived the sagging fortunes of their banks. One remarkable example is of the legendary Ms Ranjana Kumar, who dexterously revived the Indian Bank.

The appointment of Ms Kochhar would surely be an inspiration for all the women looking to make a mark in the corporate world.


Might of pen

Reading, writing and speaking are the three basic qualities of a military officer. The art of reading enhances one’s grasping power and concentration. In the armed forces, we learn to be very good fighters, but remain poor writers. Good writing comes only from a disciplined mind.

The late Maj-Gen Himmat Singh Gill through his probing reasoning in the columns of The Tribune inspired many of us to use the pen, as we use our guns on the battlefield. Goodbye to Gen Himmat Singh’s ‘Himmat’ laced with creative dynamism.

LT-COL DAYA SINGH (retd), Bathinda

“Policing” the police

The statement by Mr R S Dalal, DGP, Haryana, that a list of short-tempered police personnel shall be drawn up and they shall be banned from carrying weapons is significant, specially in the context of power the police wields.

The frequency of the instances involving unprovoked opening of fire by police officials on the common man and those in custody is too high.

Equally heartening is the other part of the statement, which says that psychologists will be appointed to test such personnel, and that the persons identified as short-tempered will be assigned desk job in offices or police stations.

In fact, the job of counselling has come to occupy real significance in all walks of life. In the present scenario, there is dire need to appoint full-time qualified psychologists to counsel the members of the police force and the personnel manning other departments involved in public dealing.

AMBIKA, Chandigarh



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