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School stampede: an avoidable tragedy

The shocking tragedy in the Delhi school (editorial, “Stampede in Delhi: School authorities have much to answer for”, Sep 12) was surely a case of callous indifference of school authorities. I wonder what is happening to our schools where many children are dying due to the insensitive attitude of the teaching community and school authorities. It is time the authorities concerned woke up to set their schools in order.

It has been rightly pointed in the editorial that had there been teachers at hand to control the situation, the tragedy could have been avoided. We must learn a lesson from the tragic incident and ensure that in future no child dies in a school due to negligence.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh


Indeed, it was a tragedy of errors that could have been avoided, provided proper arrangements had been in place. The school administration cannot be absolved of its responsibility.



The unfortunate stampede in a government school in Delhi was undoubtedly an avoidable tragedy. While the media has blamed the school authorities it is silent on the angry crowd that took the law into their hands. Are people authorised to break law in the moments of grief and sorrow?


Power hike 

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Pay more for power: Punjab needs to push reforms” (Sep 10) that the consumers in Punjab hate to pay for power because of irregular, inefficient and unreliable supply.

Moreover, people are angry because the successive Punjab governments have failed to generate enough power to meet the ever-increasing demand. The policy of providing free power to the farm sector is totally unjustified. In future, industrialists would be forced to migrate to other states and Punjab would find itself left with people seeking subsidies and free power. 

The only solution to the present impasse is privatisation of electricity board as there is direct accountability in a private sector.

  ARVIND DHUMAL, Jalandhar

Be role models

Raji P Shrivastava’s middle, “Kaami meets her Karma” (Sep 11) was meaningful and interesting. By and large children acquire traits of their parents and tend to emulate them.

Parents can set an example for their children by becoming expert time-managers themselves, completing tasks on priority and also by making children shoulder responsibilities, befitting their age and capability. In fact, parents can become hard taskmasters in a gentle way. Being a role model for one’s children is like sowing seeds to reap a rich harvest afterwards.


Five-star luxury

The austerity measures initiated by the UPA government (news report, “Ministers told to give up 5-star luxury”, Sep 9) are commendable. In a country where majority of the people do not get two square meals a day, the ministers’ stay in five-star hotels is most unbecoming.

Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri are hailed as role models, precisely because their austere lifestyles were coupled with grit, determination, devotion and perseverance to serve the nation. There is a sea change between modern politicians and those of yesteryears.

Today, politicians do not preach what they practice. The UPA government needs to include more austerity measures if it intends to serve the nation well.


People’s leader 

My heart was filled with immense pain as I heard the news that my beloved leader and friend Harcharan Singh Brar had passed away. He entered into politics after being elected an MLA from Muktsar. As a minister he was given the power and irrigation portfolio under the Kairon government. He was familiar with irrigational hazards, water shortage and cultivation methods.

As a true son of the soil, he spearheaded the project for two canals i.e. Rajasthan canal and Abohar branch, drawing waters from Hari ke patan. Distributaries from the Abohar branch provided water to Abohar, Muktsar, Malout and the surrounding villages. People in this region never had suitable drinking water due to the poor soil quality and low water level.

He was a driving force behind the upliftment of the Muktsar and the surrounding areas. In his tenure as the chief minister, he is credited with the creation of Muktsar district besides Moga and provided all the necessary amenities to Muktsar. He helped built dental, engineering and homoeopathic colleges in and around the city. He laid down the project to construct a 100- plus bed hospital.

He was a people’s leader and would always pay heed to their complaints. He was respected not only by his party members but also the Opposition. 




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