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Punjab should give up populism

The editorial “Subsidising electricity: Populism will cripple power board” (Jan 11) has aptly described the proverbial cleft stick in which Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seems to have been caught on the issue of power subsidy. If he cannot stop free power for farmers for the fear of losing their votes, he also cannot ignore the demand of the BJP to rollback the power tariff clearly in order to keep its urban vote bank intact.

The adamant and confrontationist attitude on the part of both parties will ultimately worsen the already poor financial condition of the government thus threatening its stability, which obviously none of the two want. It will, therefore, be in their interest to resolve the differences on policy matters amicably instead of precipitating the issue for partisan and petty political ends.

For the sake of improving state’s economic condition, the government should stop the free supply of power to farmers by taking them into confidence. It must explain to them that in the long run it will be left with no money to purchase the power for them and that as a result crop production will suffer. Anyhow, let us see how Mr Badal with political acumen and foresight, makes his government come out unscathed.


Do not divide

In the article “Integrate, do not divide states” (Dec 31) JL Gupta in his characteristically simple yet direct manner has advised against dividing states. There is no sense in creating or having states that cannot even pay their employees. Development in such states is out of question. Does it behove leaders to inflame passions for personal gains? People should also realise that the creation of new states means richer politicians and poorer common people.

Dr LR SHARMA, Jalandhar City


The article is a befitting reply to the selfish politicians of India. It is really futile to divide states. Politicians should devote their time in makinghospitals and schools for the needy. So much needs to be done for eradication of unemployment, illiteracy and poverty. Politicians should not misguide the public.  


Candid remarks

The editorial “Speak less, General” (Jan 7) arouses mixed feelings. I see nothing wrong with General Deepak Kapoor’s assertions. Where he may be faulted is if he fails to show grit and resolve in dealing with the recent cases of alleged professional misdemeanour. If what is being reported is true, he must take expeditious action in the same manner as he has spoken out boldly on issues affecting the nation’s security.

Major General RAJ MEHTA (retd), SAS Nagar

Meaningful film 

The middle “Learning from 3 Idiots” (Jan 8) by Rajnish Wattas was interesting. The movie, “3 Idiots”, highlights the inherent lacuna in our education system. We are awarding degrees rather than knowledge to the students.

In India, every father intends to achieve his unfulfilled dreams through his son. Then, the rat race begins. Though the desires of a father cannot be faulted, our education system deserves to be reformed.

We are producing lakhs of graduates every year with a degree in their hands but with no knowledge. We should allow our children to become what they want to become. However, it is our duty to make them aware of the pros and cons of their actions.

I congratulate Vidhu Vinod Chopra and director Rajkumar Hirani for their sincere efforts to highlight the ills prevailing in our society through their purposeful movies like “Munna Bhai MBBS”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai” and now “3 Idiots” which give a strong message to our policy makers. We should refrain from preventing real talent to bloom. We should allow our children to shape their destiny and realise their true worth.




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