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Infants’ death: why ‘cover-up’ exercise?

The editorial “Who will hear babies’ cries?” (Feb 2) was a correct analysis of the tragedy that took place at Rajindra Hospital, Patiala. Five babies were burnt alive. Who is to be blamed? Is it development, poor maintenance, lack of responsibility or individual failure? The answer is our attitude.

We are never trained to be professional in our attitude. No agency, at least in India has an attitude-building programme on its agenda. We feel it, but do not follow it up with action. By resigning to our fate and by accepting resignations, we cover mistakes. But, what about those incidents which could happen due to our non-professional approach?






The deplorable condition of Rajendra Hospital had been exposed before. But nobody could imagine that five infants would be burnt alive. The pathetic handling of the hospital by the state government has resulted in the death of newborn babies.

The “cover up” exercise of the hospital, the farcical resignation of the minister concerned, compensation to the victims are only excuses and won’t bring back precious children of the parents. Worse still, it will not guarantee that such ghastly incidents won’t happen again. That’s why it is said, “Anything can happen in India”.

DR ABIRUCHI KALIA,  Anandpur Sahib


The tragedy at the Patiala hospital was very shocking, disgusting and painful. It is a shame that the hospital authorities allowed the unfortunate incident to happen. Such a lackadaisical attitude of the hospital staff cannot be forgiven.

We say with great pride that India is shining and moving ahead. When will our administrators wake up? When will the law be implemented in letter and spirit? I am an ex-serviceman and can say with pride that whenever I visit a military hospital, I find the staff on their toes. They take full responsibility, till the patient is discharged from the hospital. I think that is the reason why ex-servicemen prefer military hospitals.

SUBER SINGH PARIHAR, Khas Narwana, Kangra


The incubators where babies were kept to save their lives turned into coffins for them. The poor services of the hospital and sheer negligence have adversely affected many families. The plight and trauma of the affected parents cannot be described in words. Expectant mothers, whether in urban or rural areas, prefer hospitals to midwives. But such incidents will put people in a dilemma-- whether they should go to a government hospital or not? Those responsible for the incident should be given exemplary punishment.


Taliban’s medieval mindset

Yasmeen Hassan’s article, “A war on Pakistan’s school girls” (Jan 28) was timely. The Taliban is imposing its writ. The women and the girls have been warned against going to schools and colleges. Strange! In the name of religion, the Taliban has gone back to the medieval ages to perpetrate terror in the 21st century.

Pakistan may admit it or not, initially, Pakistan sponsored terrorists inspired the Talbanisation of Afghanistan. As stated, the Swat valley is experiencing the tyranny of the Taliban, resulting in the closure of more than 100 schools for girls in Swat and more than 150 in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), forcing 10,000 girls to leave schools.

What have the Pakistan authorities done to avert the threat to female education? Where are the human rights activists? The world community ought to fight the menace of Talibanisation jointly, fairly and squarely.

IQBAL SINGH, Bijhari, Hamirpur

Able president

The editorial “R. Venkataraman” (Jan 29) provided detailed information about the late President, Ramaswami Venkataraman, who had struggled for freedom. He was acknowledged as a stickler for rules. He had exemplary administrative acumen. He had worked as a Planning Commission member and President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal. He had worked as a lawyer and was an excellent speaker. He impressed everyone during his three Lok Sabha terms. Even after demitting office, he was actively associated with various music associations.


Kalyan can’t be trusted

The editorial “Not a man to be trusted” (Feb 6) has exposed the politics of opportunism. The new-found friendship between Mr Kalyan Singh and Mr Mulayam Singh, who was once his arch political foe, underlines the desperation of political parties and political leaders. They want to be in the reckoning and have their eyes set on the coming general election.

It is apparent that they do not mind burying the hatchet for political convenience. What is dear to them is political power, not ethics, principles and ideology. They can stoop to any level for personal gains.

Unfortunately, these turncoats are surviving and thriving in politics because they have been able to divide society and create religious and regional fissures. Unless we see through their nefarious games and reject them in the elections, the county cannot get rid of the virus of communalism.



Mr Kalyan Singh is a deserter who is now trying to adjust with the Smajwadi Party. He has been shedding crocodile tears. But we all know that after the Babri Masjid demolition, he was extolled by the BJP, which tried to win the confidence of Hindus. Why did he not claim moral responsibility for the shameful incident then?

Now, all of a sudden he has changed his loyalty and ideology and deserted the BJP, considering it as his biggest enemy. True party men stand and wait. Mr Kalyan Singh how impatient you are. The Samajwadi party already has shrewd manipulators like Mr Amar Singh. In case, Mr Kalyan Singh loses elections, he will be reduced to deadwood and he will be used to fuel fire against the BJP. Time will tell, whether Mr Kalyan Singh will be a welcome guest or an unwelcome one.

S K Goyal, Shimla

Right of the way

The Motor Vehicle Act has given the right of the way to pedestrians. Still, hundreds of pedestrian are dying daily for keeping to the left. Leave aside the pedestrians, even the traffic police is not aware of this rule. The overflowing vehicular traffic has encroached on the pedestrian’s right of the way even on the right side.

AJAIB SINGH CHAHAL, Rasulpur Kalan, Amritsar



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