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PM freer to take bold decisions

H K Dua has pointed out the thrust areas that need to be addressed by the Manmohan Singh government in his front-page editorial, Dr Manmohan Singh can now go in for bold policies (May 25). It is true that it is easier to promise the ‘moon’ to the aam admi in the election manifesto than to actually fulfil the promise. Yet having been assured the support of over 300 MPs, the Prime Minister, with freer hands could go in for bold policy decisions. Regional parties and smaller groups, supporting the government, should learn a lesson from the fate of the splinter groups, particularly the Left, who used “to exercise political blackmail and frustrate policies and decisions”.

If Mr M Karunanidhi and the like still persist with their desire to have more than their due, they too will be shown their place at the next available opportunity by the discerning Indian voters.



Mr Dua has expressed the feelings of a billion people, who have given another term to Dr Manmohan Singh to govern and steer the country to achieve new goals and finish his unfinished agenda. The people of India have rejected parties which were out of touch with reality and given another chance to Dr Singh. It is the ‘M’ factor which has been instrumental in increasing the number of seats for the Congress-led UPA.

Dr Singh can very easily execute his agenda of peace, progress and stability without any fear from smaller parties who had earlier threatened to bring down his government on the nuclear deal issue. Dr Singh should take steps to increase the growth rate. At the same time, the needs of the aam admi should be kept in mind. Indeed, Dr Singh’s hands will be freer this time and he can go in for bold policies.


In driver’s seat

Strong emergence of the UPA after the 2009 elections, (editorial, Manmohan Singh’s A Team”, May 23) has reduced its dependence on regional parties. Selection of A team shows that the PM is in the driver’s seat. 

The DMK leaders may have shown their annoyance by not attending the swearing- in-ceremony but seem to have come around. The DMK being a pre-poll partner must get its due share in the Cabinet. But it must be remembered that allotment of ministries is the prerogative of the PM who must keep tainted politicians away.

 WG-CDR J S BHALLA, (retd ), Chandigarh

Appeal for peace

The Human Touch Association, Ludhiana, appeals to all citizens of Punjab not to resort to violence. Violent incidents only perpetuate miseries of the poor and the daily wage earners. Bandhs and curfews lead to the loss of daily earnings. Thoughtless and violent protests must stop. Punjab has already suffered enough during the terrorism days. Let the estranged communities vent their grievances but they must do so peacefully.

B B GOYAL, Ludhiana

English plus culture

Shelley Walia’s article English+ cultural studies (May 19) regarding the new nomenclature of the Department of English, Panjab University, is indeed in keeping with the changing times.

With newer ideas and concepts seeping into the body of knowledge, study of English has acquired greater importance. The relevance of both language and culture to English studies cannot be undermined.


“Fairer” Lok Sabha

Compared to the previous Lok Sabhas, the 15th Lok Sabha has the highest number of women MPs. This augurs well in a male-dominated society. Presumably, awareness has dawned both on political parties and the voters about the potential of women candidates.

An ordinary citizen can now hope that the issues and concerns of women will now be better addressed. Crimes against women are on the rise. Both human-rights activists and the law have failed to address the problems concerning women. Justice continues to elude women, and many are forced to resort to desperate measures and commit suicide.

S P BHARDWAJ, Chandigarh

Encourage study of Urdu, Punjabi 

The news report Exclusion of optional subjects’ marks: Move will ‘finish’ Urdu, Punjabi in schools by Sushil Manav (May 20) demands special attention. The Haryana School Education Board (HSEB) has decided not to count the marks of optional subjects like Urdu and Punjabi in class VIII examinations.

For those who want to study and make their career in these languages, the news comes like a bolt out of the blue. While the Haryana Urdu Akademi is trying to save Urdu in the state by providing an opportunity for a certificate course in Urdu, the HSEB’s step will discourage students from opting for Urdu as well as Punjabi.

Mr Tarlochan Singh’s initiative in this matter is appreciable. He has written to the Governor of Haryana to look into the matter. His claim that there is a large population of Punjabi-speaking people in several districts of Haryana is correct.

If students will not be encouraged to study these languages at the school level, how will they be motivated to study the same later? The HSEB must reconsider its proposal.




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