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Passage of Bill a historic moment

The editorial “RS’s date with history” (March 10) rightly describes the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill by the Rajya Sabha as a major step forward in a nation where women have been given a raw deal for centuries. In this respect, the role of the Congress, the BJP and the Left needs to be appreciated. They understand the necessity of the Bill to empower women to enable them to realise their human potential.

The Samajwadi Party and the RJD, however, failed to rise above their narrow vision. Why don’t they understand that Indian women, irrespective of their caste, community or class have been facing discrimination since ages? The role played by some of their party MPs in the House was disgraceful and deserves to be condemned.

The consensus among the three major political parties on the passage of the Bill will be remembered as a historic event. It is hoped that the Bill will get the approval of the Lok Sabha.





The editorial’s suggestion that the Bill will give women a greater voice in making laws for the nation and is a major step forward may be right but only to some extent. If we look at the effect of reservations for women in the panchayati raj institutions it is clear that instead of being empowered, women have been reduced to rubber stamps by their husbands and other male relatives.

Moreover, the status of women has not improved at all in the states with women chief ministers. Those in favour argue that Indian women should get their much awaited political due. But quota will only be justified if women are able to raise the standards of both governance and political atmosphere in India. The big question is — will the miserable condition of women in general confronted with poverty, malnutrition, anaemia, atrocities, domestic violence, female foeticide, dowry, trafficking and gender bias change with the Women’s Reservation Bill?

What we need much more than social and political efforts is a radical change in the mindset of the people in general.



The Women’s Reservation Bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. It is a historic moment and will provide an opportunity to the women to make a significant contribution to the development of the nation.

SIMMI MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City


There is no need to rejoice over the passing of the Bill in the Upper House. The reality is that women in Parliament will be controlled by their husbands or other male relatives. Reservations of any kind are not going to be fruitful for the development of our country. If India has to progress, it should stop all kinds of quotas.


Great cricketer

Sachin Tendulkar scored a double century in the ODI and created history. He has achieved various milestones in his career due to his wholehearted dedication and commitment to cricket.

It is our earnest desire that the Government of India should confer on him the Bharat Ratna in recognition of his services to Indian cricket. He is not an ordinary cricketer and richly deserves the honour.



The clamour for the Bharat Ratna for Sachin is totally uncalled for. On the basis of sports, the Bharat Ratna should first be given to Major Dhyan Chand and then to Balbir Singh (Senior), Milkha Singh, PT Usha and Abhinav Bindra, etc. Conferring Bharat Ratna on Sachin will tantamount to great injustice to other disciplines of sports.


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Make PPSC transparent

Chitleen K Sethi has opened a Pandora’s box by revealing that doctors who scored mediocre marks in the MBBS examination have found a place in the list of selected candidates. Such news are no longer shocking because it is widely believed that the selection in government jobs is manipulated by the politicians in power and their “yes men” in the bureaucracy.

What is disgusting is the fact that the PPSC is not afraid to place a person who took 11 years to complete his MBBS course in the merit list. Perhaps he was given extra marks in interview, keeping in mind the experience that he gained while completing his degree in double the required time.

Mr Parkash Singh Badal reacting to The Tribune investigation has ordered an inquiry but we all know what purpose such inquiries serve. It is time the government enacted the law to make the PPSC transparent and also punish those who circumvent the process. Else it should rename PPSC as Punjab Public Sales Corporation.

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali, Gurdaspur




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