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Nation needs modern police

Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambram are right in underlining that the nation needs modern policemen who are well trained, more professional, 
suitably empowered and who refuse to be misused by any ruling establishment (editorial, “DGPs, stand up!”, Sep 16).

It is shameful that an IPS officer who has the protection of the Constitution, plays into the hands of politicians for personal gains like transfers and promotions. Many a time an unethical nexus develops between the police and politicians.

It is also a fact that if a police officer fails to obey the dictates of a powerful politician he is unceremoniously transferred. Is it not the moral duty of the DGPs and other senior police officers to protect upright and efficient subordinates?

It is better if an institutional mechanism is evolved to protect efficient, honest and pro-people officials. On its part, the public must extend all support to the meritorious officers. The concept of community policing needs to be strengthened.


Deserving tribute

Dr Manjit S Kang, the Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab Agricultural University, has rightly paid rich and highly deserved tributes to Dr Norman E Borlaug in the article “Man who fought hunger” (Sep 16).

Feeding the hungry is considered a great humanitarian act in all the religions of the world and that is what Dr Borlaug did through his scientific vision that he pursued as a mission.

Though the whole world is grateful to him for ushering in the wheat revolution by producing high yield varieties, the hunger-prone third world, especially India, will remain highly indebted to him. India expressed its gratitude by honouring him with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan.

Dr Borlaug was highly appreciative of the hard work done by the PAU scientists that ultimately culminated in the Green Revolution. Indeed, the best way we can honour Dr Borlaug is by continuing his fight against hunger and poverty with vigour.



The detailed article not only paid a rich tribute to Dr Borlaug but also is likely to motivate young scientists. Dr Borlaug wanted to make the world free from hunger and poverty. He did this with passion. Subsequently, many dedicated, hardworking and eminent agricultural scientists carried his mission forward and countries like India could achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrain production.

The article ought to stir policy makers who must formulate long-term policies for research and development in agriculture which is the backbone of economy. In the absence of sound policies, both farmers and consumers, will be affected.

Dr N S Butter, Ludhiana

End racist attacks

It is time the Australian government took concrete steps to put an end to racist attacks on Indian students. The Indian Government should  also persuade its counterpart in  Australia to ensure the safety of Indian students.


Fairness in judges’ selection

It is really surprising how the name of Justice P D Dinakaran (editorial, “Drop Justice Dinakaran: He must not reach Supreme Court”, Sep 16) came to be recommended for elevation to the Supreme Court when several members of the Tamil Nadu Bar had made allegations against him to the Supreme Court collegium.

Now, his integrity has been questioned by none other than eminent jurists of the country who are also members of the Committee on Judicial Accountability. The issue of judges’ selection process which is fraught with lacunae and lacks transparency has once again been brought to the fore.

The need of the hour is to make screening procedures foolproof so that only those who are beyond reproach are appointed or elevated to the high courts and the Supreme Court. Only then people’s faith in the judiciary’s independence and quality of justice will remain intact.


Punish adulterators

Hardly a day passes when one does not hear of synthetic milk products being flooded in the market.

It is a matter of grave concern as it poses threat to the health of the people. Such unscrupulous and mercenary adulterators should be severely punished.

NUTAN JAIN, Chandigarh



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