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Congress idea to go it alone is misplaced

To the editorial “Ekla Chalo” (Jan 31) I would like to add that the confidence of the Congress party to go alone is misplaced. Rather, it seems that the Congress is living in the world of fantasy. I may remind that the intelligence and media reports gave a similar confidence to the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the late seventies. The Congress party then faced a debacle. Similarly, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee was misled.

The Congress is talking of Ekla Chalo whereas the ground reality is very different. On the basis of its so-called strength it demanded more seats in UP and Bihar from its allies for the ensuing Lok Sabhs polls. On the one hand, the Congress is euphoric, whereas on the other it is showing signs of desperation by negotiating with parties that do not have a single elected member in the Lok Sabha.

There is no doubt that the Congress is the only pan-India political party. But its belief that every anti-BJP party will join it to keep the BJP away from power is fallacious.

DR TIRATH GARG, Ferozepur City

Retirement age

The editorial “Grey but strong” (Jan 26) was timely. While increasing the retirement age of Central Government employees, the government had weighed all the pros and cons. Recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission, financial crunch, better socio-economic scenario and improved life expectancy clinched the matter in favour of increasing the retirement age. The move of the Punjab Government to increase the retirement age too is more than welcome.

S K GOYAL, Shimla

CEC feud

The fracas between the Chief Election Commissioner and his colleagues seems to be nothing but a hangover of their past rivalry and jealousies. If one of the Election Commissioners is accused of being biased towards the Congress, shouldn’t readers conclude that the other is inclined towards the BJP? The sooner this unsavoury controversy is laid to rest, the better it would be for our nation’s democratic norms.


Potholes for roads

In the name of providing sewerage facilitates in Narwana, virtually all roads were dug up. The sewer pipes were sunk, but proper roads were not made. Deep potholes have appeared at various places that make the lives of commuters miserable.

Roads around the main grain market, new grain market, subzi mandi and canal road areas are in a deplorable condition. It is indeed surprising that the government officers too use such damaged roads but don’t do anything to improve the same. The sycophants of the government claim that Narwana has made tremendous progress during the last three years. Is this progress?


Dynastic era

While the BJP has backed Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal as Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister, the Congress has supported Mr Omar Abdullah. The Congress is also projecting Mr Rahul Gandhi just as it had backed his father, the late Rajiv Gandhi.

With the political parties projecting sons and daughters for elections, there is no doubt that the post-1947 period will be known as the dynastic era. It is only a matter of time before the common voter realises the futility of adult franchise. Voting percentage will keep dropping unless the politicians see sense and adopt democracy as a way of life.

DR L R SHARMA, Jalandhar

Dog’s rights

The editorial “Right to live” (Jan 26) provided adequate knowledge about stray dogs. We cannot kill stray dogs because the Supreme Court has granted the lease of life to these dogs. We can kill the stray dogs if they are mortally wounded or incurably ill and then also we must follow the correct procedure. The homeless canine creatures should not be made to suffer unnecessarily.


Make polluters pay 

Industries in Ludhiana and the surrounding areas are releasing toxic effluents in Buddha Nullah. The administration should not turn a blind eye to the problems of the people who are suffering due to water pollution. The concerned court of the district should take action against such industrialists and adequate compensation should be given to the affected people.

Effective measures should be taken in order to reverse the damage already done. It is the duty of the Punjab Pollution Control Board to remove the pollution in the underground water and not just send notices to the culprits who are responsible for the toxicity of the drinking water. It is shocking that we are contaminating our clean source of water.

The court has held that the right to life includes the right to live in an unpolluted environment and if anything endangers or impairs that quality of life, a citizen has the right to seek remedial action. The administration should ban the industries that have not followed the norms of the Pollution Control Board. The ‘polluter pays principle’ should be applied.




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