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Develop, not bifurcate, states

In the article “Bridging the divide: Statehood no panacea for Telangana” (Jan 11) V Eshwar Anand has rightly stated the principal parameters– geographical contiguity, economic viability and administrative convenience for the formation of any new state.  

The Union Government and the Congress has taken a hasty and unilateral decision in carving Telangana as a separate state. This has led to a slew of similar demands across the country. This decision, instead of solving the vexed issue, has created fresh problems and emboldened the votaries of separate states.

It should be remembered that the formation of a new state is not only a complex and cumbersome exercise, but also detrimental to the interests of the common people. Take the case of Chhattisgarh. A majority of adivasis of the state are still deprived, while a section of the ruling class and big mining companies are getting all the benefits.

The division of Andhra Pradesh is not going to be beneficial. Rather people with vested interests and bigwigs will benefit from such fragmentation. In a vast country like India, more powers to the states is a must to meet the aspirations of the people of different regions.

All out efforts, as stated by Dr Anand, should be made towards accelerating the pace of development in the backward areas and not in bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.

 SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

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Reform governance

After having reformed the economic system and successfully integrating it with the global economy, it is high time to reform the system of governance of the country to weed out criminals in the police, black sheep in the bureaucracy and tainted judges in the judiciary. Even after six decades of Independence we do not have in-built preventive and pre-emptive systems which can plug loopholes in our justice delivery system.

What else can explain the crime committed by a high-ranking police officer against a minor girl and that the case dragged on for 19 years. Besides, the punishment awarded to the accused was a mockery. Simply put, the law rules the poor whereas the rich and the powerful rule the law in our country.

Lieut (I.N) SUKHDEV SINGH GILL (retd), Jagraon


That SPS Rathore, former DGP, Haryana could escape punishment for a serious crime for 19 years is highly deplorable. His smirk was a slap on our system. He must be severely punished. Justice alone can provide some solace to Ruchika’s family members.

KHAZAN SINGH, Kapurthala

How to save hockey

Our national game of hockey has virtually become an orphan over the years due to the apathy of the federations who could not provide even proper diet let alone any incentive to the players.

Successful commercialisation of cricket which has kept pace with times by offering 20-20 formats has spun big fortune overshadowing all other games, at least in India.

The only way to bridge the existing gap in the two games is to mix the two and make hockey into Hircket or Crockey, perhaps even Horlicks–if the brand name pays up healthy promotion money to restore hockey’s health.

Naturally, Lalit Modi should be at the helm of affairs to turn it into a flourishing business model and Shah Rukh Khan who stood by hockey in the movie “Chak De” should be its patron. 

 Air-Cmde RAGHUBIR SINGH (retd), Pune

CBI must handle special cases

The decision of the Haryana government to entrust the CBI with fresh cases registered against the state’s former DGP SPS Rathore apparently seems an appreciable step. But at the same time it tends to signal that the government lacks trust and confidence in the working of the state police.

Now that Rathore is no more in the police service, why has the probe not been delegated to the state’s crime branch? Earlier, it was the High Court that ordered a CBI probe into the case as virtually no action was taken against Rathore since 1990. Due to the pressure of the media and civil society, the case has been reopened afresh. It would have been better if the state police had itself investigated the case in an unbiased manner. These days, the CBI is the most sought-after agency and almost any type of inquiry or investigation is referred to it. The growing tendency of recommending a large number of probes to the CBI is not a healthy trend. The CBI needs to tackle only such matters as have inter-state ramifications, cases of trans-national nature and those cases which affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

HEMANT KUMAR, advocate, Ambala City



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