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Govt should deal firmly with goondas

The Punjab government has failed to provide security to the common man (Editorial, “Let not goondas rule: Ludhiana Akali attackers must be punished”, June 22). First, the unprecedented and misguided violence in Jalandhar, Phagwara and Hoshiarpur. And second, the Ludhiana incident.

I agree that the criminal conduct of the Shiromani Akali Dal workers cannot be condoned and they deserve exemplary punishment. The editorial rightly stated that such incidents occur because there is no fear of law among the well connected.

Political parties must realise that bad elements bring shame and disgrace to them. Almost all parties give tickets to criminals and patronise hoodlums for securing votes. This practice should be done away with.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is a seasoned politician. He should take bold steps by depoliticising the administration, specially the police, and punishing those involved in the Ludhiana incident.



Mr Benipal, Sub-Registrar, was attacked by goondas in Ludhiana with full political support because he boldly raised the issue of fake stamp papers being used for legal documents. Many more honest officers have suffered this humiliation.

Sadly, honest officers are rebuked, given adverse reports and peremptorily transferred to distant areas. People with clout and influence get the cases dropped and wait for another opportunity to subvert the system without fear of the law.

The politicians should feel assured that in a short period the remaining few honest officers will retire.

And then, they can manipulate the system to keep out persons of honesty and integrity like Mr Benipal. This is the system under which Indians have to live in 21st century!

JASWANT SINGH, PCS (retd), Mohali


Though the Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate is the pivot of the general administrative machinery in the district, he is required to make maximum efforts for public welfare.

He is assisted by the magistracy and the police in the maintenance of law and order and execution of the policies.

However, he and the Superintendent of Police are unable to perform their duties property because of political interference. If they do not listen to their political bosses, they are punished and transferred.

It would be better if the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police were placed under the direct control of the Government of India.

S.C. DHALL, Zirakpur

What’s in a name?

After Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Bangalore, it is now the turn of Delhi which will be renamed as “Dilli”. What’s in a name? If Dilli’s future shall be like Mumbai, it is not desired at all. For, in Mumbai, regional parties are destroying the state’s long-term development by exploiting local people’s sentiments for vote-bank politics and pitting local Marathis against non-Maharashtrians which can provide short-term benefits for a few.

All states do well when people from all regions are given a chance to contribute to the development in different ways. A parochial outlook is repugnant to national integration.

The moot question is if the name-change will benefit Delhiites in the form of overall improvement in their daily life. Whether they will have no power cuts, get 24-hour water supply, easy and convenient public transportation, disciplined auto and taxi drivers and good roads with no parking problems.




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