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Police: Time to change the mindset

I fully endorse R. D. Sharma’s views in his article “Torture in custody: Don’t turn innocent suspects into hardcore criminals” (Sunday Oped, April 5).

The police is the image of the country’s conscience. In the pre-independent period, the British used the police to torture Indians to the hilt.

The police became the symbol of oppression and repression. Sadly, the mindset of the police has not changed even 62 years of Independence. The modern civilised countries like the UK boast of people-friendly police forces.

The modern Indian police force is blissfully unaware of any modern techniques of management. The poor and downtrodden, if ever they come into contact with the police, will be mercilessly crushed.

The use of third-degree methods, power without accountability, authority without responsibility, nexus with criminals and an ambience of rampant corruption make the police force virtually a deadly monster.

On top of all this, the police officers, born and brought up in modern, Independent India do not deem it worthwhile to take any initiative in introducing police reforms notwithstanding reports of various commissions.

There is an urgent need to change the perception of the police. The time has come for the people to “police the police” and bring change in its mindset and attitude from that of a brutal force of the colonial past to that of a warm people-friendly force of the modern, civilised India.


Living with loss

I would like to share my personal “defence against depression” with Khuswant
who feels “mental numbness” or “nothingness” on facing hard and true
realities of life.

My wife passed away recently and though I feel the loss of my companion of 52 years deeply, I believe that she was lucky enough to have lived a meaningful life.

I do not believe in swarg (haven), nark (hell), previous birth or next life. And I don’t contradict these views also.

During one’s lifetime one should learn to aspire for purposeful, peaceful and blissful life following the principles of good life.

In addition, if possible, the human being should have a desire to know, understand and realise his true self independent of the known properties of the body.



When we lose our dear ones, we feel totally helpless. I have lost my father who mattered to me because daughters are very close to their fathers.

On every occasion his absence is felt. In the same way, I feel the absence of my mother-in-law, too.

No doubt, every relationship has its own importance and though the void left after the loss of a dear one can’t be fulfilled, yet in a way they always remain close to your heart though unseen and unheard.


Focus on judiciary

The review of Madhav Godbole’s book (“Time to redefine judiciary’s role”, Spectrum, March 22) was thought-provoking.

Most of the times the legislature seems to be turning Parliament into a fish market and speakers take sides with the ruling party without justification, thus the aggrieved move court to get justice.

The role of the apex court is to interpret the law and not to frame it but many a times the apex court reverses the laws passed by Parliament that are in bad taste and anti-public and are passed win votes.

The Supreme Court and the High Courts have failed to check corruption and delays in the delivery of justice.

SHER SINGH, Ludhiana

Care for the aged

Right to dignity” (Spectrum, April 12) is a true representation of the sufferings of old people. The condition of non-pensioners is worse than those of pensioners.

The worst sufferers are those whose children have gone abroad leaving them behind in a helpless state. They are left to fend for themselves.

It is abominable to see the old people being uncared for. The young ones should not forget how their parents brought them up.

I appreciate the writer’s efforts for focussing on the rights of the old people. This article is a rebuke to those who have ignored their parents.




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