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Change healthcare strategy

The editorial Save the child (Nov 23) focused on the pathetic state of children’s health in India and exposed the miserable state of our healthcare. What exists in the name of a healthcare system is largely concerned with treatment of sickness and disease rather than restoration of vibrant good health. Our country’s low public spending on health puts India among the bottom of countries.

The state, which is supposed to provide comprehensively primary healthcare, monitor and eliminate both poverty and malnutrition, is too busy concentrating on city-centric super-specialty hospitals because that’s where the money is. Corruption at various levels, lack of commitment, paucity of resources, faulty implementation and weak monitoring ail the healhcare system.

Unless there is a paradigm shift in the understanding of public health and its implications, relation of poverty and disease, value of primary healthcare and the political will to provide health services, there cannot be any substantial improvement in the current pathetic health status of the majority of our population including our young ones.

 Dr VITULL K GUPTA, Bathinda

United we stand

Terrorist attacks that ripped Mumbai last year were most unfortunate and tragic in which many innocent people and brave men lost their lives. We who fight for narrow considerations of caste, colour, religion and language must remember that united we stand and divided we fall. Our unity would prove to be a better shield than even nuclear weapons.


Monogamy’s virtues

We pretend to be monogamous, yet yearn to be polygamous, while expecting others, particularly our spouses to practice monogamy (article, Monogamy isn’t easy, naturally by David P. Barash, Nov 26).

We should understand that what comes naturally to us comes naturally to others also. The problem arises when we set higher standards for others than those being followed by us.

This debate is even more important in the Indian context, where a wife is expected to be faithful to her man for life and there is hardly any guarantee from her husband.

We have to consider the scourge of AIDS also. If we focus our energies on more constructive things, we may realise the true meaning of life. As far as being free to choose, we must also remember that we are bound by the result also. So choose, but with wisdom.


Weed out criminals

Editor-in-Chief, the Tribune, HK Dua, in his maiden speech in Parliament, has rightly and timely emphasised the urgency of barring criminals from entry into politics. Indeed, their way to institutions of democracy should be blocked. Tainted politicians tarnish the image of India abroad. It is high time political parties take concrete steps. Otherwise, India will lose its standing in the world.

PN GUPTA, Sangrur

Take stern steps

The government must counter every move of China that is aimed at destabilising India. At the same time we should also appreciate and try to follow the disciplined and honest programmes that have made China a dominating force in the world. We can learn valuable lessons from it, especially in controlling population growth, the menace of corruption and increasing crime rate.

We chalk out countless policies, frame latest rules to tackle problems. However, we fail to implement the same. To put the country on a right track, the government must take strict measures. It should shun its policy of appeasing voters.


Wasted report

The Liberhan Commission report was tabled after 17 years. What a waste of time and money! Most of the people involved are dead or too old to stand trial. What is the use of such a report? The amount spent on the commission should have been given to some charitable institution.


Be friends

Teachers should be friendly with their students and extend the hand of love towards the child. They must teach students the value of discipline and help them cope with pressures and fears of life.


Chandigarh’s in-charge

Now that the idea of reviving the post of Chief Commissioner (CC) for Chandigarh has been put on hold, the Centre should depute an independent administrator or Lieutenant-Governor. The continuance of the practice of delegating the charge of administering Chandigarh to the Punjab Governor sends worrying signals to Haryana, which shares Chandigarh as a joint capital  with Punjab.

Moreover, being a Governor of a state, one can’t focus whole-heartedly on the City Beautiful. Hence, it is the officialdom that invariably rules the UT. The prevailing babu culture has not been able to live up to the expectations of residents. A seasoned and distinguished person, preferably non-political, with a development-oriented approach would be suitable to take over the reins of the UT administration. 




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