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Khaps cannot be allowed to run amok

The editorials Punish the khaps (July 21) and Who rules Haryana? (July 25) were analytical and need immediate attention of the government. Had the administration paid heed and punished the khaps, the lynching of a youth right in the presence of the police might not have taken place. It has rightly been observed in the editorial that “the police would have acted firmly had the state government continuously not been a mute spectator to the running of a parallel system of justice by the khap panchayats”.

Whatsoever might have been the role of these panchayats in the past, they have become outdated and are indeed counter productive. It is high time the government wakes up to their menace. Khap panchayats have to be reined in.

I P ANAND, Yamunanagar



The ruthless murder of Ved Pal Mor is very disturbing. Needless to say, perpetrators of the crime, even if they are a few hundred in number, should get the highest penalty as per law. We may have made tremendous progress economically but even today our attitude remains regressive. Female foeticide, “honour killings” and many other social evils require urgent intervention. The education system, law-enforcement agencies as well as lawmakers and the media have not done enough. We are up in arms when incidents of racism take place in foreign lands. Indeed, we must protest against such incidents as the ones that occurred in Australia recently. However, we have more serious problems at home that need to be addressed.



The khap panchayats in Haryana have not only become irrelevant but also dangerous. Who has given these panchayats the rights to take others’ lives or dictate fellow citizens to leave their villages? One feels sorry to note that these panchayats still live in the past and try to force others to live the same way. They have no regard for the Constitution of India.

Why is the Haryana government silent on the inhuman and illegal roles of these khap panchayats? Has the government forgotten its responsibility to lead the state onto the path of progress and development? It must resolve the persisting contradiction between outdated traditionalism and modernism. Anachronistic practices like female foeticide and “honour killings” are prevalent in Punjab also. A strong campaign against social evils should be launched. Democracy must be saved from feudalistic, ignorant and inhuman people.



Though we claim to be living in the 21st century, on certain issues we continue to demonstrate a medieval mindset. In India, people still kill each other in the name of religion, caste and even gotra. The death of Ved Pal Mor is shocking. Can we still boast that India is a great democracy where people have freedom?

We as a country should come forward and do something for the families who are forced to face social boycott. It is time politicians wake up from their deep slumber and work for the integration of the country.

 PARDEEP TIWARI, Edmonton, Canada

Dwindling ethics

The editorial Doctor at the doorstep and Inder Malhotra’s Ruinous recruitment to forces and Kuldip Nayar’s Ads for news: Practice can dent image of some channels, papers (July 24) prove that our professionals lack ethics and empathy towards fellow men.

Perhaps, the remedy lies in concerted action by civil society. The media, too, can play a crucial role. Unless people take part in reforming the system, little change can be expected.

MURUGAN S V, Puducherry

University autonomy 

Prof Yashpal’s thoughts (news report, Varsities should get autonomy: Prof Yashpal by Akhila Singh, July 27) are welcome. But the harsh reality is that our education system has largely failed to go beyond producing uneducated literates. This is so not because of the controls but because of the blurred vision of educationists.

I strongly feel that universities should be granted autonomy only after a strict evaluation, particularly of its teachers’ aptitude and attitude.

Dr RAVI K MAHAJAN, Chandigarh

Preserve nature

The recent call of the Akal Takht Jathedar exhorting Sikhs to preserve nature is appreciable. Preservation of nature, especially of water bodies, can do wonders for the survival of mankind.

The shramdaan for water harvesting and preservation can turn the tide for Punjab. Other religious teachers, too, must take a cue.


Life is supreme 

In the middle When life is a question mark (July 24), Nonika Singh, has expressed deep concern for the security of the Nari Niketan rape victim after the birth of the child. Quintessentially, she is right in her fears that we also share. But there exists an invisible power that commands the universe. Call it a barbaric or vicious act, but as the Supreme Court also observed in its ruling, “We are all laymen as compared to nature”.

We must seek solace in the fact that this is one of the many manifestations of the omnipotent God. The inevitable has to happen. The victim wants to give birth to a child and the apex court has also taken her desire into consideration. Philanthropic institutions that are coming forward to take care of both mother and child are in a position to ensure maintenance, protection and well-being. They, too, deserve kudos.




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