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We must have clear guarantees from Pak

The article “Fight against terrorism” by I S Chadha (Jan 6) was erudite and discussed at length the diplomatic offensive which India can launch with the objective of wresting from Pakistan “cast- iron guarantees”, so that it never again allows its territory to be used for terror attacks against India. However, the author has failed to spell out what would constitute theses guarantees.

The historic Shimla Agreement after India’s famous liberation of Bangladesh, which was also touted by us as a big diplomatic achievement, promised to usher in an era of friendship and harmony. But this did not deter former Pakistan President late Zia Ul Haq from initiating the “war of a thousand cuts” against us.

The Lahore accord also augured a new beginning, only to be followed by the Kargil war and later by the attack on Parliament. Having destroyed the Lahore accord, Mr Pervez Musharraf then went on to repudiate the Shimla Agreement as well. So, what precisely constitutes cast-iron guarantees? Our diplomatic offensive can only succeed if we define its goal with clarity.


Change syllabi

I reiterate the viewpoint of Dr Rajnish Arora, the Vice-Chancellor of PTU, as expressed in the report “PTU move on syllabi to affect 3 lakh students” (Jan 7) by Varinder Singh. Indeed, the course syllabi of most of our engineering and technical professional courses are outdated.

We must change in sync with rapidly changing technological requirements of the state-of-the-art-industry, in an emerging knowledge economy. Similar views were expressed by Prof Sukhadeo Thorat, the UGC Chairman, at the recently concluded Annual Conference of the Indian Economic Association at Udaipur.

The quality of instruction imparted at our universities and technical institutes must be improved to produce high quality human resource compatible with the skill requirements of a knowledge society. The academic institutions need to be accredited accordingly.

There is no denying that in the absence of strict monitoring and enforcement of standards and a coordinated policy framework, the quality suffers. Thus MNCs have started looking askance at the credentials of our so-called skilled human resource.

Dr Arora has rightly shown concern to involve industry and academia in remoulding the anachronistic syllabi in our technical institutions with a view to restoring the credibility of our knowledge resource, as also to make it conform to the high expectations of a fast growing knowledge intensive industry.


No more waiting

There is no doubt that the Pakistan Government is supporting and aiding terrorism, not only against India, but the entire world.

Its officials have no hesitation in telling lies in public. Pakistan is the only country of its kind in the world and the US has vested interest in it. We must not wait for any positive response from Pakistan or rest of the world and must act now.

Timely action is a must. Those who are involved in terrorist activities, be it a country or a group of people or an organisation, must be destroyed. Only then can there be peace all over the world.


Apt warning

While addressing the Chief Ministers’ conference, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh aptly said that Pakistan is using terrorism as a State policy. So, Pakistan should hand over the inhuman terrorists being sheltered within its territory. The PM has rightly warned Pakistan against its terror links and sufficient evidence is on record.

HARPREET SANDHU, Former Additional Advocate General, Punjab Ludhiana

Live in harmony

I want to draw the attention of every individual towards the need for communal harmony. A glimpse into the past would show that communal harmony and the tenets of tolerance have been an integral part of the great Indian tradition. None could have put the broad vision of India better than the great son of India Swami Vivekananda who had remarked “I am proud to belong to such a religion which has taught the world both acceptance and universal tolerance.”

The internal affairs of India have not been so peaceful. Recently Mumbai has been rocked by a series of bomb blasts, which is really an act of national shame.

Now, the responsibility rests on our shoulders. We must fight against religious bigotry and understand that it is the same blood, which flows through the veins of all human beings; whatever may be their religion.

Let us all learn to live together.


We can overcome corruption 

The editorial “Chief Justice acts” (Jan 7) was thought provoking and pointed out not only the menace of corruption but also the means to eradicate it.

Of course, corruption is widespread in our country. But worse still, is that we have begun to accept it as a necessary evil. We also tend to justify it as a worldwide phenomenon. The truth is, it is neither a necessary evil nor a fait accompli. It is our own creation and we can remove it. What is required is setting our own house in order as the Chief Justice has attempted to. If each one of us decides to be fair and ensure transparent functioning at our respective work places, then the work culture is bound to improve and level of corruption will be considerably reduced. Let us not make excuses. Let us not blame others. Let us do our bit to cleanse the country of this cancer.




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