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Pursue cases of corruption to logical end

The editorial “Eschewing vendetta politics: Good, but watch out against corrupt escapees” (March 20) has rightly pointed out that “a sudden attitude of forgive and forget hardly evokes conviction and provokes one to think that there is more to it than meets the eye.” No doubt, politics of vendetta shouldn’t be pursued.

Still it is imperative not to legitimise the illegitimate. It has become almost an accepted norm that with the change in regime, the party in power slaps a number of cases against its opponents. Some of such cases stem from vindictiveness whereas others are based on concrete and substantial evidence of corruption and criminal intent. There can be no quarrel with the withdrawal of cases of political vendetta but it must be ensured that under the garb of weeding out cases of vindictiveness, cases of corruption and criminal misconduct are not dropped.

Simultaneously, the feeling that political big-wigs are rarely brought to book and usually go scot-free shouldn’t be allowed to prevail. Cases of corruption and criminal misconduct must be pursued relentlessly to their logical end to restore people’s faith.



How can glaring corruption cases pending in the courts be called political vendetta? If the case is false, it is for the court to decide. Recently, the High Court slapped a fine on the SAD senior leader who lost his election and filed an election petition against the winning candidate attributing certain reasons which he could not substantiate.

It is a welcome step and shall deter defeated candidates filling fake petitions and wasting the costly time of the courts.

Our politicians consider themselves above the law of the land and cover all their misdeeds under the garb of political vendetta. How can politicians take garlands made of currency notes worth crores? Politicians must impose self-discipline and self-regulation.

If there is sufficient proof of their involvement in corruption and amassing money disproportionate to known sources of income than such cases must be decided on priority.


Lure of foreign

The article “End of a dream” by Ravi Dhaliwal (March 20) is an eye-opener for aspirants going abroad.  It is obvious that the motive behind going abroad is not to get higher education but to make arrangements for permanent settlement in foreign lands.

There is a need to keep a check on unscrupulous travel agents who misguide the youth.  It would be more appropriate if students directly consult the embassy concerned or go through the authorised travel agents.  

The idea of putting up official posters in London gurudwaras for guiding students is appreciable.  At the same time, the government should come forward to make arrangements for the safe passage of such students. 

I would say that in India there are a number of institutions imparting quality education and students must give up their craze for foreign lands.


Ad faux pas

To the news report “Railways bloomer: Ad shows Delhi in Pak” (March 21) I would like to add that merely tendering an apology does not absolve the Railway Ministry of neglect on their part. Even in ordinary cases the person concerned on whose behalf the advertisement is being given does proof reading.

While the dereliction of duty on the part of the officer concerned must be probed, in future the Railway Ministry must be extra vigilant.


Bhagat Singh’s ideals

Today the entire nation will remember Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. He was a great son of India who played a vital role in the freedom struggle along with his two compatriots, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The youth of today should take a cue from Bhagat Singh’s ideology and work tirelessly and fearlessly for the sake of their nation. However, they should refrain from tokenism and follow his principles.


Welcome foreign varsities

Foreign investment has come into every sector and education should be no exception (editorial, “A whiff of fresh air”, March 19). It has made India more global. The fear of the BJP that foreign universities will poach local teaching talent is not justified. What if Indian talent is forced to seek jobs overseas? The entry of foreign universities will not only prevent brain drain but also protect innocent people from falling prey to fake universities abroad which dole out worthless degrees.

Education loans should be made accessible to everyone so as to make higher education affordable to the common man. According to the UGC, the gross enrolment ratio in higher education is 13 per cent that is rather low as compared to the world average. In order to increase the gross enrolment ratio, the need of the hour is to encourage the universities with public private partnerships and welcome foreign universities.

KANUPRIYA TANDON, Sydney, Australia



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