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Work with renewed zeal, PM!

I share the views of O.P. Sabherwal in his article, “Mandate for Manmohan: Congress rides the crest of the PM’s performance wave” (Perspective, May 24). No doubt, Dr Manmohan Singh’s performance wave has swept the country, ensuring an impressive win for the Congress and the UPA.

Apparently, Dr Singh has risen to the expectations of the common people. The BJP’s charge during the election campaign that he was a “weak Prime Minister” has boomeranged on it.

It is to be hoped that the Manmohan Singh Government would work with renewed vigour and zeal. We wish him and his Council of Ministers all the best in their endeavours.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Real karamyogi

The Tribune and M.S. Gill have done a great favour to the readers by publishing: “Clean man, Clean exit” (Saturday Extra, May 16), as a tribute to former Punjab Chief Secretary P.H. Vaishnav. The write-up speaks volumes about the great qualities of head and heart, austere habits, open mindedness and dedication to duty throughout his career as a bureaucrat in Punjab. Although he belonged to Gujarat, he made Punjab his home even after retirement. It can be rightly said that he was a great philanthropist (not in terms of donating money) as he took up the cause of those in distress, especially the senior citizens of the region. “To the last he worked for a better tomorrow”, sums up the aim of his life.

The life of such a noble soul can inspire young men and women of today and serve as a role model for them.

Let persons like Dr M.S. Gill and S.K. Mishra who knew PHV very closely publish his biography. It will still be better if some annual award is instituted in his name.


Wise ants

Ants (“Antsy Wisdom”, Spectrum, May 17) have a lot of unique characteristics. Apart from the fact that an ant can carry weight three times more than its own weight, our elders have used the wisdom of these tiny creatures for their benefit.

Ayurvedic texts written thousands of years ago have recognised the skill of ants in dignosing a diabetic patient through his urine.

Queues of ants with small white bits in their mouths usually give warning about rainfall.n


MPs: A mix of education and ethics will work wonders

IN his article, “Qualification for MPs: A degree alone is no index of one’s capacity to serve people” (Perspective, April 26), Dr Virendra Kumar has aptly observed that what is more important in our candidates contesting the elections is their character, devotion to duty. These attributes cannot be the monopoly only of those with highly decorated degrees.

It is well known that the actions of the leaders — and not their academic degrees — have a telling effect on the minds of the people. The birth of scourges like communism and corruption can be attributed to the unethical practices our leaders indulge in and not to literacy. At the same time, a leader has the power to direct the course of the country’s socio-economic development.

In this context, a political leader can be placed on the same footing as a mother to the child. So far selfless service, sacrifice, tolerance and inculcating sanskar in a child are concerned, even an illiterate mother can pass on the same to her child. Of course, an educated mother can bring up her child better than an illiterate.

In politics, too, a political leader who is no less than a mother to his fellowmen, should be a combination of both virtues: education and ethics. After all, the very purpose of education is to build the character of a person and not to make him a thief, a cheat or a criminal out of him. Clearly, though politics is a dirty game, it should at least be played with clean hands which may be of an educated or illiterate person.




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