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Act on President’s concerns

I fully agree with the views expressed in the editorial “Grappling with terror”(Jan 26) that concerns regarding the security threat, expressed by President Pratibha Patil in her address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day, should not be taken lightly and our policy-makers should incorporate her ideas in workable plans.  

This is a crucial phase in the history of our nation. The world has started to take us seriously for we are the largest democracy, a nuclear-state and a fast-growing economy. Our presence is being felt in every important matter and investors are showing keen interest in us.

But at the same time we are facing numerous challenges, both external as well as internal. Hostile neighbours surround us. Then there is threat from within as the Naxalite movement has affected around 200 districts. The situation would go out of hand if not tackled in time. The government on its part should ensure that fruits of development should reach every section of society and every nook and corner of the country. Otherwise, disparity would lead to frustration and is likely to create chaos and anarchy.

Another concern is the shortage of food products that has resulted in inflation. The President has rightly called for the need for another green revolution. We are basically an agriculture-based society and the shortage of food products is ironical and dangerous too, as our population is growing.


Without teachers

No doubt, Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots” has lucidly driven home the message about various types of pressure which are brought to bear on a student, but there are other issues as well which need to be highlighted. The biggest challenge before any state government is to fill all the vacancies and make available well-qualified teachers. At present, there are thousands of vacancies in each state, hampering the process of education, more so in remote areas.

Secondly, the infrastructure deficiencies, non-utilisation of whatever is made available in the schools and lack of commitment on the part of teachers are the other issues which need to be tackled by education administrators. Thirdly, periodical updating of the syllabus is not done by our subject experts regularly. Needless to mention that the lack of sensitivity on their part is inexcusable.

Fourthly, amalgamation of political science, economics, geography and history into one subject of social studies does not indicate any wisdom in our administrators. Likewise, why can’t we have Paper-A and Paper-B in science instead of amalgamating physics, chemistry and biology into one. Similarly, mathematics can also be split into two parts.


NRI brides

The editorial Victims of marriage” (Jan 23) was an eye opener, especially for the people who still want to marry their daughters to NRIs settled in foreign lands. Many parents often use daughters as a passport to go abroad. This trend is dangerous and parents should think of the future and welfare of their daughters.  

ARUN KUMAR, Bathinda

Benefits of cycling

The middle On cycling(Jan 20) by Sarvjit Singh was well-written. Cycling is an environment friendly activity. Unlike other means of transport, it does not pollute the atmosphere. It not only enhances the overall fitness level of a person but also helps overcomes stress, anxiety and depression. To avoid the risk of heart diseases, one should cycle daily.


Administrator’s priorities

The first priority of new UT Administrator Shivraj Patil should be transparency in the execution of ongoing projects as well as those in the pipeline (editorial, Change of guard, Jan 25). Recent instances of alleged corruption or favouritism have tarnished the image of the Chandigarh Administration.

Further more, there is need to cut down red-tapism. The UT’s bureaucracy, of late, has not been able to rise to the expectations of citizens. As Chandigarh has its Municipal Corporation and Zila Parishad, there is need to encourage greater coordination between the elected representatives of these two bodies. As the new incumbent is a seasoned politician having served at various high positions during his career, one expects he would be able to use his skills in utilising the available manpower and financial resources earmarked for the UT in an effective and efficient manner.




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