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Senior citizens need support and care

The editorial “For the elderly” (Jan 24) was praiseworthy and timely. It is heartening that society is waking up to the problems faced by old parents and the elderly. Many state governments have enacted laws to help the senior citizens.

In our rich cultural tradition the elderly were highly respected and well looked after. But under the influence of western culture, our youth have begun to ignore them and this has led to the break-up of the joint family system. The elderly are forced to live alone in despondency. The erosion of moral values and the fabric of society has relegated religion and relationships into the background.

The state governments, the Central Government and NGOs are duty bound to see that the law is implemented in letter and spirit and that the elderly are not left in the lurch.

D. R. SHARDA, Chandigarh

True friend

Mr Barack Obama, the new US President, has really won the hearts of Indians by declaring India as a true and tested friend of the US. The US has proved to be the land of liberty. It is also a matter of great pride for all Indians to know that the new U S President is a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi as well as the late US President, Abraham Lincoln. Both Lincoln and Gandhi are role models for humanity at large.


Be compassionate

The editorial “Right to live” (Jan 26) was thought-provoking. Dog is the most loyal and faithful friend of human beings. It deserves a compassionate treatment. Cruelty in any shape or form is unacceptable in a civilised society. The municipal councils and corporations should arrange for the sterilisation of dogs to check their growing population.

Human beings are equipped to help or harm other living beings. Sadly, the power to harm is used more than to help other species. In a country where the concept of mercy killing is being seriously debated, cruelty to living creatures goes on unchecked. Truckloads of chickens are seen moving to distant places without any arrangements for feed and water. Lakhs of chickens are culled in the wake of bird flue. This can be prevented if the authorities take preventive measures. If one cannot give life, one has no right to take it away.

S. D. BALI, Chandigarh

Mobile libraries

Punjabis are not interested in purchasing books. It has become essential to establish mobile libraries.These libraries should visit every village at least once a month. This will inculcate interest in reading. Villages and towns are not in a position to establish libraries because of lack of funds. If farmers can transport food grains and other items to us, we too should serve them by providing books, the fountainhead of knowledge.

DALIP SINGH WASAN, advocate, Patiala

Populist price cut

The UPA government’s step to reduce oil prices has been welcomed by one and all. Today, petroleum products are not a luxury but an everyday necessity. Hopefully, the price cut will curb inflation.

But why has the cut come just before the Lok Sabha polls? Isn’t it a populist measure? Whereas the prices of crude oil in the international market had fallen much earlier, the government decided to reduce oil prices only now. The government should consider the welfare of the people as its supreme responsibility and not view them as vote banks alone.

DR JASPAL SINGH, Mustafabad, Yamunagar

Veer Haqiqat Rai

The Punjab Government must commemorate the martyrdom day of great martyr Veer Haqiqat Rai. It must organise a state-level function at Batala. The sacrifice of Veer Haqiqat Rai was of great significance. We should not forget his supreme sacrifice.

S K GOYAL, Sangrur

It’s goonda raj in UP

Amar Chandel’s article, “Mayawati Raj: Money, mafia, muscle power rule UP” (Jan 14), was informative. He has rightly pointed out that Behenji and her party have taken a mafia-like hold in UP which happens to be one of the most backward states.

He is absolutely right in stating that money, mafia and muscle power are distinctive features of her government. How correct he is in saying that she is the first Chief Minister of UP to raise her own statues. He has also revealed that no MLA can dare sit in front of her. Nor can they speak without her permission.

Moreover, the distinction between the party and Behenji has been obliterated and any criticism of her atrocities or high-handedness is taken as an affront to Dalits.

DR M HASHIM KIDWAI, Former MP, New Delhi



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