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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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Real issues remain ignored

H K Dua’s front-page Editor’s Column, “Vital issues that politicians hate to take up” (April 23), should jolt the conscience of every right-thinking Indian to seriously ponder as to where we are headed in the face of the on-going “Great Indian Tamasha” that is taking place in the name of democracy. He is right in blaming the politicians for playing “dirty tricks” and indulging in unethical practices in their “scramble for power”, ignoring the “real issues” that concern the country.  

When in power, our politicians eulogise their achievements, even if the facts are otherwise. Today, millions in India live on less than two dollars a day. Poverty is a reality and millions lack access to education. Driven by poverty, farmers are committing suicide. Corruption in the country is at an all-time high.

Real issues such as security and governance, law and order, poverty, health, education, judicial reforms, women-empowerment and electoral reforms receive only lip service. It is absurd that while we may have increased the number of billionaires, the poor have become poorer.

It is now up to the voter to elect the most deserving candidate to power. India needs leaders of high integrity, competence and proven selfless public service. Once elected, the new government must initiate measures to curb, control and eliminate corruption.

Simultaneously, we must revamp our security apparatus so as to effectively deal with the ever-increasing threat from terrorists and other anti-national elements.

GOVIND SINGH KHIMTA, Shimla




II

Mr Dua has made pointed reference to wrong acts and malfunctioning affecting the credibility of the election process in the country. The current Lok Sabha election is conspicuous by the absence of real issues. The declaration of non-possession of cars by some political contenders is an oversimplification of a reality coupled with manipulation.

When venality and felony of a contender are overlooked, then the conspiracy of silence on corruption and allied issues becomes the compulsion of political parties. One wrong step gives sanctity to a wrong act and leads to malfunctioning of the government. Voters should be squarely blamed for the present mess in Parliament. If they do not realise the value of their votes, the corridors of power will continue to be a haunt of criminals.

DR SOSHIL RATTAN, Amritsar

III

Gone are the days, when a politician was considered a true representative of the people of India. Now every political leader is vying for power. The wider interest of the country does not figure on his agenda. Those who consider themselves fit to run the nation are only hankering after power.

SHEKHAR JUNEJA, Chandigarh

Stop ragging

Most of the students in professional colleges belong to well-to-do families. Yet not only male students but also females indulge in ragging. In the name of ragging, they indulge in hooliganism resulting in death and suicide of their fellow students. This is due to lack of moral education. Ragging should be dealt with firmly.

The students involved should be punished severely. The responsibility must be fixed upon the college management and parents as well. Fast-track courts should be set up to decide such cases. The culprits should not be allowed to go scot-free.

PREM NATH GUPTA, Sangrur

“No car !”

It is indeed interesting to know that Badals do not own a car. Many a political leader has declared that he does not have a car. The common man finds it difficult to believe this. These people have many cars at their command. God knows who owns them!

PROF P K GUPTA, Bathinda

Need for transparency

I refer to two news reports, “HCS (judicial) examinations: High Court’s verdict challenged” (April 4) and “Appeal against HCS (judicial) dismissed” (April 7). The report suggests that the grounds on which the preliminary examination was challenged revolved around that some questions in the question paper were from outside the syllabus or wrong. Even the appeals filed against the judgement of a single Judge thereafter were on a similar basis.

Understandably, the courts have heard those arguments and points for which they were able to find answers. No one seems to be raising the issue of lack of transparency in the whole process of conduct of the examination. Every candidate has the right to know where he or she stands in the relative merit without even having qualified for the final examination.

One fails to understand the rationale behind mentioning only the cut-off marks for different categories in the published result. Relief should be given to all the candidates who appeared, not just those who have approached the court.

DR I M JOSHI, Chandigarh





Prevent global warming

Global warming is a serious problem. It is time for the world to wake up. It must be remembered that it is our duty to protect the environment. Pollution is adversely affecting the environment.

Glaciers are melting and the sea levels are rising. Melting glaciers can cause floods that could be followed by droughts. This could affect the crop yield and lead to food scarcity. It may become difficult for the world to survive. However, efforts can be made to save the world.

Some, great men like Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal have already done a commendable job and cleansed the holy Bein. Another laudatory example is of Baba Sewa Singh, Khadur Sahib, who has planted thousands of trees to beautify and clean the environment. In fact, all of us can make similar efforts.

We must grow more trees, cut down carbon emissions and save energy. We should not be a mute spectator to the warnings of global warming but take steps to ensure a green and pollution-free world. Sustainable development is a must to save our world.

RAMESHINDER SINGH SANDHU, Lucerne, Switzerland

 





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