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Action will be Obama’s true test

The editorial, “Words to remember” (Jan 22) was detailed and incisive. The victory of the US president, Mr Barack Obama, the first black President of the predominantly white America, has shown to the whole world how a true democracy functions. Mr Obama has won because common American people identified themselves with him. He was able to develop a rapport with the common man and they felt that here was a man who truly belongs to them and he will be able to not only understand but also solve their problems. The whole of America and the world is reeling under the impact of recession, layoffs, threats of fundamentalists and terror attacks.

Americans have pinned their hopes on Mr Obama. They feel that he is panacea to all their worries and problems. In fact, the whole world is watching him very closely. The US President knows the enormity of the situation and he has admitted, “Challenges we face are real” and “will not be met easily or in a short span of time”. I hope and pray that Mr Obama is able to deliver because euphoria is over. Now he will be judged solely by his work and not by words.

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali, Gurdaspur


Mr Barack Obama has inspired not only the people of America but of the whole world. The euphoria he has created makes one feels as if he is the President of the world. He is being seen as an icon of the world. However, it remains to be seen if he can deliver.

 His initial steps like suspending prosecutions at Guantanamo Bay prison, saying no to new nuclear weapons, freezing salaries of the senior staff of White House are certainly positive signs. It appears that he believes in action and has it in him to lead the US and the world.

 DR SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia


Mr Barack Obama’s inaugural address was in keeping with the troubled times. It was easy to see why America’s new “wonder man” is a hit across the globe. But, caution is in order. Earlier too, the promise of a better tomorrow has been scuttled. There is no doubt that the world believes — Obama can. It remains to be seen, if he will.


Real India

The movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has portrayed the real India. Few filmmakers in the past have had the courage to show that we are still nowhere close to eradicating poverty. Actually, what Danny Boyle has showcased was perhaps last seen about three decades back, in say a Shyam Benegal or a Govind Nihalani movie.

Over the years we have deluded ourselves that we have done wonders and moved on to a new ‘shining’ India. With the new wealth created through our IT sector, we thought that we had arrived. However, if we really have to change things within India, we should stop looking at America as a big brother. We must focus on services and products that are made and used in India.


Failed city

In the editorial “Quiet flows dirt” (Jan 17) you have aptly called upon the voters of Ludhiana to use the weapon of votes to usher in a clean-up operation.

Today, Ludhiana is plagued by numerous problems like traffic, pollution, unplanned growth, encroachments, bad roads, etc. In fact, if Pakistan is a failed state, Ludhiana is a failed city, a state brought about by successive governments, commissioners of corporation, mayors, MPs, MLAs and councillors. The politicians of all hues, cutting across party lines couldn’t care less.

It seems that the city will never have any visionary, which will take it forward. Successive governments have always treated Ludhiana like a revenue yielding cow. The money raised from here is spent on other cities like SAS Nagar.


Heroic landing

The smooth and safe landing of the US Airways Airbus A320, with both engines dysfunctional, in freezing Hudson river by the US pilot was undoubtedly a courageous and an incredible act.

The miracle landing by pilot Chesley B Sullenberger, with no fatalities whatsoever, deserves applause. This amazing heroic deed needs to be recorded in the Guinness World Records.

K K ARORA, Amritsar

National Girl Child Day

Female foeticide, infanticide and the unfair treatment meted out to the girl child are matters of grave concern. Thus the government’s initiative to mark January 24th as the National Girl Child Day is a welcome step. This will increase awareness about the social menace of female foeticide and infanticide and perhaps help in reversing this retrograde trend.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has decided to launch a sustained campaign between January 19 and March 8, which is also celebrated as the International Women’s Day.

There is an urgent need for raising awareness about the policy and programmes of the ministry, which are for the benefit of the girl child. Also, there is a need to sensitise masses. The people’s initiatives at grass root level must be combined with the government efforts. Both the print and the electronic media should play a proactive role in disseminating awareness.




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