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Oppose parochial politics

Punjab is indeed on the verge of entering an inexorable chaotic situation (article, “Victim of delays: Punjab needs quick, hard decisions” by Sarbjit Dhaliwal, Dec 17).The writer has vividly described the populist and opportunistic policies followed by the coalition partners, the SAD (Badal) and the BJP. Their partisan and parochial politics is taking a toll on our democratic traditions and social harmony.

The recent incidents of violence in Ludhiana have proved this. However, it will be unfair to blame the present government alone for this sorry state of affairs in the state. The previous governments are equally responsible. Most of the parties are wont to divide the people on religion, caste and creed lines for their political ends. Unfortunately, society is playing a passive role and has adopted a defeatist attitude towards the irresponsible behaviour and corrupt practices of our self-centred and self-seeking leaders. Instead of confronting them, we are allowing ourselves to be taken for granted by them.

In this situation, our indifference and insouciance may lead to the right- wing fundamentalism or the left-wing extremism. The right thinking people of Punjab must, therefore, assert themselves and raise their voice against the wrong-doings and failings of our leaders before it is too late.



The article was informative and an eye opener. I hope the rulers of Punjab will look into the problems underlined in the article. Such informative articles should also be published in The Punjabi Tribune for a large number of Punjabis read it.


No justice for Ruchika

The trial of SPS Rathore ran as long as 19 years after the crime. The molestation of a minor girl and “abetment” to suicide has been taken very lightly. Politics of the then ruling party in Haryana impacted the case. Promotion to a tainted police officer can only happen with the involvement of the ruling party. Punishment of only six months for this crime to Rathore is in no way a justice to the bereaved family. It should at least be imprisonment for life.

P. N. GUPTA, Sangrur


After Rathore’s conviction, the Haryana government should take away the benefits he enjoyed during those 19 years, including the promotions and ranks that he did not deserve. He should be penalised for harassment, misuse of office, etc. This is necessary to save the image of police and administration. All those who helped Rathore explicitly and implicitly should immediately be taken to task.



The news report “NCW for appeal against verdict” (Dec 24) by Aditi Tandon and the editorial “A case of too little, too late” (Dec 23) aptly reflect the subversion of justice and high-handedness of police in Ruchika’s molestation case. Six months punishment to Rathore is in no way commensurate with the crime he committed. The culprit is a symbol of degeneration of police.

The judgment severely jolted the nation. NCW resented on the turn of events and extreme shock was expressed in Rajya Sabha. NCW must ensure right punishment to Rathore and those officials and politicians who shielded him. Haryana CM must intervene in the case, so that rule of the law must prevail.

Capt. S.K. DATTA, Abohar


It was really very disgusting and disturbing to see the beaming Rathore walking out of a Chandigarh court on Monday, convicted of molestation but sentenced to just six months in jail, the verdict mocked all that our law and justice system stands for.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh

Administration woes

The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) has considered the proposal of Punjab Civil Medical Service-I doctors for promotion as Senior Medical Officers in the health department. “Doctors’ DPC meeting deferred” (Dec 25) and earlier report was “SMO promotions: DPC meets today”, (Dec 20). The DPC was held but abandoned due to objections raised by the Personnel Department. The high-rank posts of Deputy Director and Civil Surgeon are lying vacant for want of DPCs.

KARAN, Chandigarh

No security without reforms

Home Minister P. Chidambaram has been talking big on strengthening country’s security against foreign-aided and -inspired terrorism. The unified command to counter terrorism is his brainchild. One may, however, disagree with him on his priorities. You cannot have a grand superstructure on a rickety foundation.

It is well nigh impossible to strengthen country’s security apparatus against terrorism without grassroots police reforms which have been in cold storage so long as to be completely forgotten. Rockets do not make for good security, dedicated people do.

R.J. KHURANA, Bhopal



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