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Capable leaders are hard to find

I agree with the views expressed in H K Dua’s front-page Editor’s Column, “Vital issues that politicians hate to take up” (April 23). Mr Dua has made a correct assessment of the prevailing situation in the country. He has rightly summed up the ongoing elections as a great Indian Tamasha. Real issues have been buried. Political parties are not interested in the rising prices, law and order or poverty.

Many a corrupt politician and even criminals have been given tickets in the elections. Credibility, merit, honesty and integrity are no longer the cherished values of our leaders. Much hype has been created over the black money lying in Swiss banks. What happened to the Bofors case? It was simply a drama that led to the wastage of time, energy and money.

The present leaders are fighting among themselves. They want to grab political power at any cost. Their election speeches have no relevance. No political leader is interested in the welfare of the downtrodden.

Voters have to be vigilant and should vote judiciously.


Improve sex ratio

Stringent laws (editorial, “Saving the daughter”, April 25) alone cannot solve the problem that has roots in the emotions of the people and their patriarchal attitudes demeaning the girl child. The future of a society with a diminishing number of females is beyond imagination.

The prevalent societal attitude of not wanting a girlchild and widespread incidence of aborting a female foetus is most undesirable. Policies should be framed to change the existing notions. Families having one female child should be given various concessions and privileges.



The abysmal sex ratio can be attributed to the prejudiced mindset of the people. Even in the 21st century, women are not considered equal to men. The fair sex is considered inferior. While, on the one hand, females are worshipped in the form of goddesses, on the other hand they are humiliated. Sexual abuse, eve-teasing and rape incidents undermine her existence. The need of the hour is to change our attitudes towards the fair sex.

RENU, Amritsar


Female foeticide is not only a crime against society but also God. A daughter’s birth plunges a household into grief. A son’s birth is celebrated with gusto. Killing daughters in the womb itself has disturbed the sex ratio.

We should remember God lives where women are worshipped. A great man has rightly said that a civilisation is measured by the respect it accords to females. Laws alone are not enough to curb female foeticide. Society will have to be awakened to eradicate this social evil.



Indeed, it is a matter of grave concern that despite efforts and laws, female foetuses are being aborted. You have rightly observed in your editorial that the obsession for a male child leads to the abominable practice of killing daughters. Notwithstanding the fact that girls are more sincere and loyal towards parents, society values sons more. All right-thinking citizens would have to work together to fight this social evil.


Use vote, not shoe

The rise in shoe-throwing incidents is shameful. Such abominable acts reveal revulsion against the decadent political system. The antics of power-hungry politicians have lowered public confidence in their leaders. The obnoxious deeds of a large number of politicians have sullied the political environment.

Politicians should strive hard to restore public trust. The public should not resort to such shabby means. The ballot is the most effective way to weed out unscrupulous politicians.



Legendary musician

The great music director, Naushad Ali, breathed his last on May 5, 2006. He represented the composite culture and ethos of the subcontinent. For three decades (from 1940) he walked like a colossus on the Indian music scene providing a Midas touch to every film for which he scored the music.

Most of the Dilip Kumar starrers had the music of Naushad. His compositions made the nectar of pure love flow from the deep fathoms of young souls. In the late fifties the debut solo “Husan chala hai Ishq se milne…..” (Sohni Mahiwal) sung under the baton of Naushad catapulted Mahendra Kapoor to the rank of Mohammad Rafi.

K L Saigal was so much enchanted by his own song “ jab dil hi toot gaya, hum jee ke kya karenge” sung by him under Naushad in “Shahjahan,” that he asked that this record be played at his funeral.

As Naushad’s third death anniversary comes near, here is a humble tribute to the legendary musician:

How we grieved on thy death, you could see

Forget us not wherever thy soul be

Till the last beat, our hearts would be,

The abode of sweet melodies left by thee

S S BENIWAL, Chandigarh



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