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BJP must think positively

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Treading the beaten path” (June 3) that the BJP has not learnt any lessons from its past mistakes and is sticking to a retrograde ideology. What is more appalling is that they have also forgotten their real hero, Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, whose leadership the nation cannot forget. His name was seldom mentioned during the election campaign.

Despite its poor performance, the BJP is in no mood to introspect and adopt a positive line of action. Its leaders seem to be groping in the darkness. In order to regain the lost ground, they must think clearly and positively. The BJP must function as a constructive opposition and should raise vital issues of national interest in Parliament.


Relief for needy

That both Ms Mamata Banerjee and Mr Buddhadev Bhattacharya are playing the game of “one-upmanship” (editorial, “Politics of relief — Buddha, Mamata must rise above party concerns” June 2) over relief to the cyclone- affected in West Bengal is sad. Whatever may be the mode of distribution of the cyclone relief fund, it should be seen that the relief reaches the needy in time and does not go into the pockets of agents and touts. The cyclones are devastating and can play havoc with the life and property of those affected. The Centre must act and act fast in this regard to lessen the suffering of the survivors.  

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Air safety

The opinion expressed in the editorial, “Near-misses”, (June 2) that rising incomes and falling fares have led more people to shift from trains to planes is correct. There is no denying the fact that India’s aviation sector has seen a rapid expansion, but infrastructure has not kept pace with the explosive growth in passenger and cargo traffic.

While runways are insufficient, the ground facilities are not up to the desired standards. There is no coordination among different agencies at the airports, especially at the international airports.

The Aviation Ministry should view air safety on a priority basis. Negligence has become a routine matter. There is an urgent need to strengthen regulations and safety measures.


Common man ignored

Syed Nooruzzaman’s article “UP yearns for change: Caste, communal factors lose appeal” (June 4) was interesting. It is quite true that Ms Mayawati and Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav have both failed in working towards the welfare of the common man. But then all politicians are alike. The writer summed up the yearnings of the common man, especially in UP, aptly. Politicians ought to remember that they can fool some people, but not always.

COL K L NOATAY (retd), Shimla

Attacks in Australia

The consecutive attacks on the Indian students in Australia are deplorable. Unfortunately, Indian students have become easy targets and it is a matter of grave concern for all of us. The culprits behind these attacks should not go scot-free. Bollywood megastar, Amitabh Bachchan’s decision to turn down an honorary doctorate from an Australian university following racial attacks is praiseworthy.

BANSI RAM, Garhshankar, Hoshiapur

New Parliament

The Indian electorate, in its wisdom, exercised the voting right in the interest of the nation. In the new Parliament, there are many young faces and several women MPs too.

They may usher in a change and follow healthy democratic practices. It is also hoped that the new government may be able to tackle pressing concerns like national security, economic meltdown, and terrorism.

DAYANAND, Ch. Dadri , Bhiwani

Cooking and parenting

Roopinder Singh’s middle “Cooking up a story” (June 4) was an engrossing piece ending on a thought-provoking note. It is one thing to create “cooked tales” but quite another being a competent parent. Incorporating affection, sternness and leniency in the right proportion can really be a tightrope walk. One never knows where and when one might go wrong.

US cartoonist Mell Lazarus has averred, “The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.” Nevertheless, if one is able to inculcate right values in one’s progeny and consequently they learn to value integrity and hard work more than the material wealth, one may call it a job well done.

Becoming a role model oneself is by far the best bet for motivating children. However, the children, too, need to have a focus to avoid straying from the right track. If both parents and children tread the right path, most of the vices in our society are likely to vanish.


Quality teachers

Some time ago, the Haryana government had introduced the State Teacher Eligibility Test for the recruitment of best-qualified teachers in the schools of the state. This was a laudable initiative. Now a sufficient number of eligible teachers are available in the state. However, a large number of posts for teachers are lying vacant in the schools of the state.

If the government is really serious in improving the quality of education, it should recruit teachers who have qualified the State Teacher Eligibility Test.

RAJESH KUMAR CHITORIA, Jhojhu Kalan, Bhiwani



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