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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
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India must have best defence system

The Indian Government has been sensible in hiking the defence budget. The terrorist attack on Mumbai, originating from Pakistani soil, redefines policy and operating paradigms in the region. In strategising its relations with Pakistan, India must take cognisance of the emerging power equations and economic realities.

First, with an expected growth rate of 7 to 10 per cent, India will evoke jealousy among its neighbours like China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Pakistan particularly will not be able to digest India’s economic progress and eminence. China may not directly attack India, but it will certainly ride on Pakistan’s back to keep troubling India.

India should aim to build the largest and strongest army in the world in terms of equipment, armoury and personnel. Every Indian should undergo mandatory army service. India must strengthen internal and external defence systems, have the best intelligence system in the world, base rapid-action commando forces in all cities, modernise and equip the police force. India should also compress reaction time to attacks to 10 to 15 minutes, plan proactive counter-attacks, punitive punishment plans, ensure zero loss of life and place CCTV cameras across cities.




What is the use of being economically and technologically advanced if terrorists can enter our country through an inflatable rubber boat and massacre innocent citizens and reduce the country to a laughing stock?

RAJENDRA K ANEJA, Dubai

End of an era

In the demise of Gandhian leader and noted freedom fighter Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda, a glorious chapter of Indian democracy and polity of Haryana has come to an end. 

His manifold contribution to the state of Haryana and the nation is laudable. Tributes have been paid to him by all sections of society. A monument in memory of the great leader is being planned at Kheri Sadh near Rohtak. Maharshi Dayanand University has decided to set up a Chair in his name to promote higher studies and research on his life and works.

However, it would be appropriate if the Haryana Government establishes a premier institute of public policy, governance and development studies in his memory. This institute can emerge as a centre for discourse on development and strategic planning for the future needs of the state. It would be a befitting tribute to the noted leader, who worked for the welfare of the masses.

SUNIT MUKHERJEE, Rohtak

“Honour” killings

The editorial “Medieval mindset” (Feb 5) was an eye-opener. It is shocking to know that incidents of honour killings occur time and again in Punjab. Punjab is a prosperous state of India. But the people of Punjab nurse a medieval mindset, especially when it comes to women. They do not allow inter- caste marriages also.

In Maherna Kalan village in Ludhiana district, 17- year-old Inderjot Kaur was shot dead by her own father for daring to have relationship with a boy of the village. There are many more incidents, which target women. I appeal to the judiciary and the police to play a major role in saving innocent lives. However, what really must change is the medieval mindset that continues to sanction violence against women in the name of honour.

KAMALJIT SINGH, Sandaur, Sangrur

Curb corruption

Wiping out corruption is a welcome step if executed sincerely and with a strong will. Corruption is everywhere and we all know about it.

For example, tehsildars take money through deed writers who charge 1 per cent extra on each registry. The practice of corruption is rampant and must be curbed at once with honesty and an iron hand.

JAGSIR, Barnala





Promote casteless society

The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ms Meira Kumar asked the Indian corporate sector to provide job reservations for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes. A similar demand for reservations for Muslims, too, has been raised. The policy of reservations is anti-national. Even Dr B R Ambedkar, one of the architects of our Constitution, was not in favour of a continuous policy of reservations. He understood that such a policy would create a permanent cleavage in our society. He was greatly impressed by the French Revolution and firmly believed in the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity.

He believed that while initially safeguards must be provided, in due course they must merge with the mainstream. His suggestion for the amelioration of the conditions of the oppressed classes included generous provision of funds for their education. The suggestion is equally appropriate for others too.

The Constituent Assembly in its deliberations on the Constitution considered reservations for Muslims. But the Muslim leaders sensibly opposed the move at that time. Our political leadership has miserably failed in building a casteless and egalitarian society.

DR MANJIT S CHEEMA, Dhuri

 





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