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Symptom of systemic rot

In his article, “Violating the rule of law” (Perspective, Jan 17), N.H. Hingorani takes us on an emotional and factual journey showcasing the brazen misuse of power by all organs of governance. As for the torture perpetrated on Ruchika Girhotra and her family, the accused SPS Rathore, is not the real problem, but only a symptom of the rot in a system that preys on the weak and works for the benefit of the powerful.

Such incidents are common in India where the powerful rape, molest, kidnap and victimise defenseless women with sickening regularity and yet do not get any media attention or justice. Common people can expect no justice from the system that is rotten, corrupt, complicated and insensitive.

Consequently, our anger should be directed towards revamping the system so that such abuse of power cannot recur in future.

Dr VITULL K. GUPTA, Bathinda


The article stresses the need for fixing accountability on institutions and individuals who failed to discharge their duties and involved to defend the accused Rathore in the Ruchika case. Now the onus is on the CBI to investigate the case properly and comprehensively and try for exemplary punishment to the accused.

The case has already been weakened in the eyes of law by distorting and tampering the evidence by the accused in the state. Had the media not raised the matter, Rathore would have been acquitted by the higher courts sooner or later.

NARESH BATRA, Paonta Sahib (HP)

A simple test

The write-up “The Amusing Godman” (Jan 16) by Khushwant Singh rightly conveyed that ‘cruel intolerance’ is the life-breath of theism. A simple test will suffice. Observe if there is one among them who does not belittle or slander rival teachers. If you find such a generous and humble soul, keep in close touch with him, and you will soon acquire all virtues.

Aditya N. Chopra, Kurukshetra

Towards a second eco-friendly green revolution

I read Mohinder Kumar’s article, “Protecting the peasantry” (Perspective, Jan 31). Farmers are committing suicides quite often for various reasons. They cultivate the land with primitive methods. The land is fertile but irrigation is scarce.

The local farmers do not know much about drilling and using deep tube-wells for irrigation. The rainfall run-off is not properly harvested by building medium height earthen dams. For example, in Madhya Pradesh, the government has set the target of completing 1,000 incomplete irrigation projects (12 major, 17 medium, and 968 minor) and making them operational.

The Agriculture Ministry has shown the least concern for boosting agricultural production. Farmers from Haryana and Punjab have gone to these states and have purchased land. They have invested heavily on land development and are now growing bumper crops. Both the state governments and the Centre should take a clue from this and open demonstration farms to help local farmers use modern technology for farming.

The authorities should also help farmers from Haryana and Punjab to go in for intensive cultivation. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh can feed the whole country if the entire cultivable land is farmed properly on modern lines with 100 per cent backup of irrigation facilities. This is the only way to bring the second eco-friendly green revolution.

RAM NIWAS MALIK, Member, Haryana State Environmental Authority, Gurgaon



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