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Parties must give precedence to public interest

The Tribune has rightly pointed out that “Your vote matters”. Yes, the vote of the general public does matter in a democracy. We have the right to vote but do you think that we really have a choice. It is true that the need of the hour is to have leaders with vision, integrity, ideas and capability but the public has to choose from among the candidates already picked up by political parties. Do we really have leaders who think of the nation before self?

It is the moral responsibility of every Indian, especially the educated, to vote intelligently but it is high time political parties, too, realised their moral responsibility and put up candidates who could serve the highest public interest in the real sense. “Jago Re” should be equally applicable to political leaders who are going to take India on the path of progress.

PUNEETA GOEL, Jalandhar Cantt


The tips being given to the voters by The Tribune’s Editor-in-Chief, Mr H.K Dua, are praiseworthy. The Press is the fourth pillar of democracy and has a vital role to play in educating the voters.

People have an opportunity to make their choice on the polling day. The Constitution has given them the right to elect the government. So, they must exercise their right.

The Indian electorate is quite mature and is capable of throwing up a pleasant surprise. Let us hope that people will come out in large numbers and cast their vote. Hopefully, they will be able to return a stable and responsible government in the 
coming elections.

B R KAUNDAL, Additional District Magistrate, Chamba


The value of the vote must be realised by the public. There are many flaws in our election system. As a result of which many illiterate candidates, some even with a criminal background, get elected.

The caste and religion-based politics further vitiates the political atmosphere. The Tribune is the most independent and unbiased newspaper in the country. It always fights for the common man and the interests of the nation. Such initiatives are the need of the hour. 

RAJESH SHARMA, Jalandhar Cantt


If democracy has to flourish, elections to Parliament must be fair and free. To achieve all this, citizens need to consider their vote as a fundamental right and brook no interference.

In fact, people have an enviable role in electing the political team which will shape the future of the nation.

HARPREET SANDHU, Former Additional Advocate-General, Punjab, Ludhiana

Degenerating ethics

The Tribune special, “Doctors moonlighting in South India” and the editorial, “Gone are medical ethics” (March 6), were eye-openers. The doctors and the medical colleges in South India are not only cheating the state but also students. The helplessness shown by the Medical Council of India in taking action against the erring medical colleges compels one to presume that the MCI is hand in glove with the managing authorities of such colleges.

One doctor cannot be present at two places at the same time. The salary record of the medical colleges where doctors are shown as employed at the time of inspection by the MCI is sufficient documentary evidence on the basis of which criminal action should be initiated against such doctors.

The medical profession, once considered the noblest profession, has degenerated to its nadir. Sooner, the medical fraternity heeds the advice given in the editorial “to ostracise such black sheep”, the better it would be for the future of the medical profession.

TRISHLA GARG, Chandigarh


A very delicate and serious concern has been raised. Though society has become corrupt, doctors are considered as living gods. It is hard to imagine that doctors commit crimes like female foeticide and selling of organs. Greedy and inhuman doctors have disgraced the noble profession. Every hospital or medical institution just wants recognition by the MCI and will go to any length, even use illegal means, to achieve the same.

NEHA PAUL, Patiala

Threat to Sukhna

Your concern about the impending ecological disaster in Haryana expressed in the editorial, “When lakes go dry” (Feb 25), was timely. A similar fate awaits Sukhna Lake, which is going dry too and once again due to official apathy. Sukhna is now called Sukna (dry) lake. It is not only shrinking in size but also stinking. Its waters have acquired a toxic character and the fish is dying in large numbers, as the lake water does not carry dissolved oxygen, needed for fish to survive.

Over the years, we have built 440 structures. This overdose has not only resulted in the stoppage of silt but has also stopped run-off from the catchment area to the lake. The Sukhna lovers have appealed to the UT Administration to take quick action. Otherwise, it may be too late.

DR G S DHILLON, Former Chief Engineer, Irrigation, Punjab, Chandigarh

Save peacocks

The news-report “Village given to peacock conservation” (Feb 21) by Bipin Bhardwaj was an eye-opener, for which your paper deserves appreciation. The extensive use of pesticides and insecticides has led to the death of a number of common birds like house sparrows, grey partridges, peafowls and species of predatory birds.

We should encourage persons like Mr Balbir Singh of Boparai Kalan. The state government should consider giving an award of appreciation to him as well as the entire village, may be on the occasion of Van Mahotsav or Environment Day. This will encourage other persons and village panchayats as well.

GURMIT SINGH, Dy Chief Wildlife Warden, Punjab (retd)



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