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Politicians make a mockery of House proceedings

The editorial “Indecent haste” (March 14) has rightly highlighted the plight of our lawmakers. How they waste the House’s time and public money by their boorish behaviour is appalling. What happened in the Punjab Assembly was unfortunate. The Congress members had staged a walk- out when the Chief Minister had compared an MLA with a bird, evoking sharp criticism from the opposition. The spat was not a major issue, which could not be sorted out. Instead, the business affairs committee sans the Congress decided to curtail the session. All this shows that in the absence of opposition, the ruling party is hardly interested in attending to the proceedings and have scant regard for people’s problems.

Not only this, the House passed seven bills in 15 minutes, which has further made a mockery of the tradition of debating on those Bills before passing them. Both the parties did not try to solve the tangle because of their obstinate and egoistic attitude.  Under these circumstances, the entire session ended without any concrete business. They only ended up further burdening the taxpayers who have high hopes from these elected representatives.

S K KHOSLA, Chandigarh

‘Good’ &‘bad’ Taliban

H K Dua’s front-page editorial, “Americans commit blunders, not mistakes” (March 10), rightly criticises the US move to set one group of the Taliban against another. Actually, the Taliban, be it good or bad, are chips of the same old block. In the Swat valley of Pakistan, they have deprived the people of all their civil liberties and women have been targeted shamelessly. Girls cannot attend schools and female doctors are not allowed to work in the hospitals.

Those who raise their voice against the Taliban’s highhandedness are lynched. In fact, the Taliban is an enemy of humanity. I fully endorse the mature observations of Mr Dua about the fluid political situation in Afghanistan.



Mr Dua has aptly brought out as to how a superman of a superpower has decided to give legitimacy to the Taliban. The only definition of a terrorist is “One who causes fear among innocent people with the use of illegal force”. It is beyond one’s imagination as to how the US President, Mr Barack Obama, has categorised the terrorists as the ‘Good Taliban’ and the ‘Bad Taliban.’ This will not only embolden the Taliban but also give a fillip to the nefarious activities of other terrorist groups.

The unstable foreign policy of Mr Obama will have serious implications for India, in particular. In the bargain, Pakistan may also land in greater trouble. It is a breeding ground for terrorist groups. The ‘Good Taliban’ of Mr Obama may turn out to be bad for the rest of the world. For the sake of global peace, Mr Obama must rethink and face the challenge boldly.



Mr Dua in his editorial has implied that Americans should not deal with the Taliban diplomatically. Then what are the alternatives? History has proved that no ethnic group can be made to disappear, notwithstanding the might of the force trying to obliterate them. Moreover, the Taliban groups are Pashtuns and very much part of Afghanistan and cannot be wished away. So the negotiations, which Mr Obama seems to be contemplating, might be the only way out of the morass.

As far as India’s humiliation by the Taliban during the infamous hijacking episode is concerned, none other than the then NDA government can be held responsible.

RAJIV KUMAR, Heidelberg, Germany


I am astonished to hear that there is a ‘Good Taliban’ among the ‘Bad Taliban’. The Taliban is establishing itself as a guardian of Muslims and under this pretext is snatching away the fundamental rights of the people. The treatment meted out to women is possibly the worst inhuman example in the world. In fact, the US has surrendered before the Taliban. The Taliban is a grave threat to India.

The Americans gave a long rope to the Taliban against Russia and the same force has become a headache for the US and Pakistan. The military aid given by the US to fight the Taliban has always been misused by Pakistan and used against India. Instead of destroying the training camps of militants, Pakistan has reached an agreement with the Taliban. In fact, the US, unable to give a befitting reply to the Taliban, is now trying to make peace with them.


Save water

As mentioned in the news-report “Sub-soil water overexploited in state: Experts” (March 8), the depleting water-table in Punjab has serious consequences. Along with implementation of adequate policies by the government, there is an immediate requirement to create awareness among the people of the state. It is painful to see the indifference of the educated towards an indiscriminate use of water.

Conferences and debates cannot be effective unless environmental education reaches the masses. Even a drop of water saved everyday by one person in the state can contribute to the conservation of this invaluable natural resource. We must realise our responsibility towards Mother Nature.

RUBY ANAND, Kapurthala



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