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Ganga: Need to spread awareness

I agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Cleaning of the Ganga: Pursue the new project seriously” (Oct 7) that a 10-year project to rejuvenate the river is not only welcome but also a crying need. Sadly, the water of this holy river has become incredibly dirty.

However, the success of such a big project largely depends upon the active cooperation of the people living along the banks of this holy river. The media can also play a vital role in creating awareness among masses. The optimum utilisation of Rs 15,000 crore allocated under this project can only be made through proper coordination between the Centre and the state governments.

Despite crores of rupees already spent on cleaning the Ganga, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had admitted that the water in the Ganga is no cleaner than what it was 20 years ago. Let us hope the new project is taken up with earnestness and the money is used judiciously to cleanse the river.

RAJESH SHARMA, Jalandhar Cantt

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Brutal killing

The gory beheading of Jharkhand police inspector, Francis Induwar by Maoists is the most heinous act and calls for strongest condemnation. I am sure that the people of India are appalled at the gruesome murder and will like the perpetrators of the crime to be brought to book swiftly.

It is important that human rights organisations and activists who have been quick to condemn the policemen for alleged violation of human rights of insurgents and criminals now prove that human rights of all citizens of India are important. They must unequivocally condemn the inhuman and brutal killing of the inspector.


Food processing

There are few institutions of higher learning in food sciences in India (news report, “India can be global leader in food processing: PM”,  Oct 7). If India’s food production and food processing capabilities have to increase, India should  have more institutions related to food technology.


Distinctive leader

Former Haryana Chief Minister Rao Birender Singh, who passed away, was a veteran leader and played an important role in politics. He was intellectually and morally taller than his adversaries.

A leader with a difference, he was known for his candidness and lack of hypocrisy.

Prof RANBIR SINGH, Nilokheri

Do not vote for caste

Amidst claims and counter-claims being made by various political parties in Haryana, there are certain issues that merit due consideration by the electorate before they cast their vote.

It must be remembered that no major party has promised to check honour killings or control khap panchayats which have earned Haryana a bad name. 

While there are talks of unemployment allowance no party has cared to address the root cause of unemployment i.e. faulty education policies. Besides promoting dynasty rule, the caste factor, as always, is writ large on the Haryana elections.

It is ironical that candidates are chosen not on their track record of public or social service but on the basis of their caste. 

The electorate of Haryana ought to follow a simple principle — cast your vote but do not vote for caste.




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