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Resignation a political gimmick

The editorial Resignation as a farce(Feb 6) brought out the hypocrisy of our political class. Ministers tender resignation owning moral responsibility following some untoward incident involving their ministries with a belief that it will not be accepted by the head of the state or the Central Government because of political compulsions. Their knee-jerk reaction is no more than eyewash and a political stunt to counter public outrage against their failures and inefficiency. 

If Punjab’s Minister for Medical Education and Research, Tikshan Sud’s conscience was really pricked by the mishap involving the death of infants at Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, he should not have taken back his resignation. He should have set an example for others. People will now treat his token resignation only as a gimmick.

This unfortunate happening at the Patiala hospital should not be seen in isolation. Many a government body in Punjab is a victim of mismanagement, favouritism and political interference.

The Punjab Government must look into other lapses of negligence, too. The media blitzkrieg, launched by it, extolling its achievements cannot fool people.

HEMA, Langeri, Hoshiarpur

Say no to pubs

Smita Prakash in her article, Where are all the Mangaloreans? (Jan 31), has given a detailed historical and cultural description of Mangalore as well as its importance as a centre of higher learning. At the same time, it appears as if the author considers drinking in pubs a part of modern culture. 

To my mind, the modern culture is simple living and high thinking, which promotes greater happiness and prosperity in society. The growth of “pub culture” will harm society at large and young generations in particular. Therefore, I would like to say that “pub culture” should not be allowed to flourish. However, there should be no restrictions over decent living.

PURAN SINGH, Assistant Professor, Haryana Institute of Rural Development, Nilokheri

Verdict as deterrent

The editorial Worthy of emulation (Jan 30) reinforced the exemplary judgment given by the Chandigarh’s Additional District and Sessions Judge. Indeed, his judgement was impartial and should serve as a deterrent. It is now very obvious that no one can escape the long arm of the law. Thomas Szasz correctly said, “Men are rewarded and punished not for what they do, but rather for how their acts are defined. This is why men are more interested in better justifying themselves than in better behaving themselves”.

Unless, we are not strict with the criminals, they will keep on committing such abominable crimes.

SHIKHA THAPA,Dari, Dharamshala

Society, not education, is to blame 

In the news report, State education has collapsed: HC judges (Feb 8), by Mahesh Sharma, judges have held the poor standard of education responsible for the degradation of Punjab’s society. These observations should have been the other way round. The society which is callous and divided along religious and caste lines makes no concerted or conscious effort for the common good.  

How concerned society is about the falling standards of education can be judged from the fact that we donate crores of rupees for the construction of religious places and spend lavishly on religious and social functions but not for the promotion of education.

Anyway, it is the children of the poor who suffer because of the poor standard of education in government schools and colleges. The rich are sending their children to expensive educational institutes. I also do not agree with the view that teachers alone are responsible for the deteriorating standard of education in the state.

The government is spending crores of rupees on populist programmes and schemes just for political considerations. But reforms in the education sector figure low on their political agenda.




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