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Nawanshahr model should be replicated

The news-report Nawanshahr doles out a fair deal(April 15) by Chitleen K Sethi was an eye-opener. This is an example of what one man’s efforts can achieve with the help of NGOs. The efforts have borne fruit and changed the sex ratio in Nawanshahr from 808 to over 900 in just two years. In 2001, the census of India recorded Punjab’s sex ratio at 876 females for 1,000 males, one of the worst in the country.

The success of “Nawanshahr model” in checking female foeticide, initiated by a former Deputy Commissioner, Mr Krishan Kumar, must be replicated in other districts of Punjab too. Though steps undertaken by some NGOs such as “shok sabhas” invited criticism, the results were very encouraging. There is an urgent need to introduce this model in all districts of Punjab. It is time to rise above vote-politics for the future of Punjab.

RAJESH SHARMA, Jalandhar Cantt

Go beyond tirades

Election campaigning is in full swing, but not in an appreciable way. Almost all the political leaders prefer to indulge in personal diatribe against their political opponents. By levelling allegations and counter-allegations, they are not doing justice to the nation. The need of the hour is to make society corruption-free.

Ensure suitable steps to make the country self-reliant in every sphere. But our respected leaders belonging to various political parties have miserably failed to deliver the goods. Today even the inspirational slogans have vanished. It is time voters cast their votes in favour of honest and patriotic candidates irrespective of their caste, creed and political affiliations. Voters should not be misled by the propaganda.

R K BEHL, Jalandhar

Mess in Pakistan

The leadership in Pakistan has failed to control the situation in its country that is going from bad to worse. The US embrace has enraged a large segment of the Taliban and made them blood-thirsty. The Pakistan President, Mr Asif Zardari, is pleading helplessness and using the escalation in the Taliban attacks to extract more military and economic aid.

The US is leveraging aid to force Pakistan to act against the Taliban. Former President, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf recently admitted that the situation is becoming murkier and urgent steps need to be taken. Being a smart person, is he positioning himself to bounce back to power?


Sanjay Dutt in politics

Film star Sanjay Dutt should have remained out of politics as politics and films are two different realms. He is being exploited in politics. Or perhaps the success of his “Gandhigiri” in the film has gone to his head! Otherwise, why would he make comments like “will give a Jaadu ki jhappi” and “pappi”?

He is spoiling the reputation of his late father Sunil Dutt. He should remember that reel and real lives are quite different. It is never too late. It would be better if he quits politics and concentrates on his film career.


Kandahar hijack

Leaders who are making the Kandahar episode an issue after so many years should declare that if such a tragedy recurs they would let hundreds of innocent passengers be massacred. Is it not the responsibility of the government to save the lives of its innocent citizens? By exploiting the incident, these leaders are inflicting injuries on the wounds of the saved passengers. The days spent in terror by the hijacked passengers were in no way less painful than murders.


Improve public transport system

Tata Motors has launched a new car called Nano which has created much excitement. Since it costs only Rs 1,00,000, middle class people can easily afford it. People prefer to commute in their own vehicles instead of using public transport system. For it is more convenient and less time-consuming.

But more Nanos will mean more vehicles and more pollution. Besides, there will be an additional pressure on road traffic. If the public transport system were efficient then the need for personal vehicles would be considerably reduced. The government should try to make the public transport system of the country more convenient, accessible and efficient. More buses in metros as well as other large cities should be approved. Conditions of the roads should be improved. All these measures will definitely decrease the number of road accidents.

BIMAL KUMAR, Lecturer, Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar



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