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Don’t deny Army men their due

Some glaring issues of apathy have been raised by Lt-Gen Vijay Oberoi (retd) in his article “Unfair to military personnel” (July 5). It should be a matter of national concern that military personnel in our country have to knock at the doors of the courts even to get their dues and still they do not get it.  

The latest case in point is the appeal by the MoD in the Supreme Court judgment of March 8, 2010, relating to “rank pay” for Majors to Brigadiers – wherein the Supreme Court has clearly ruled that the benefit must be extended to all eligible military officers with 6 per cent interest. 

The article justly questions the wisdom of the government. On the one hand it is seeking rehabilitation of the military veterans on dangerous assignments and war-like missions like fighting the Maoists, clearing minefields or disarming the improvised explosive devices and on the other hand it is denying them even their legitimate dues.


Inculcate values

News about brutal killings of young boys and girls in their teens by their relatives has become the order of the day. Undeniably, brutal killings should not be allowed to continue. At the same time, society needs to ponder over reasons leading to such happenings. The reasons are not far to seek. It is not true love that compels the youth to flee their homes but momentary physical attraction. This behaviour has evolved due to the decline of the value system in our society; changing lifestyles, fall in moral standards and the impact of the media.

Along with measures like the enactment of law against “honour killings”, the permanent solution lies in inculcating moral and ethical values among children. The youth should be involved in constructive/ productive work.

PURAN SINGH, Assistant Professor, Haryana Institute of Rural Development, Nilokheri

Better airport

The authorities deserve to be lauded for completing Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport in a record time of 37 months (news report “Indira Gandhi International Airport, Terminal 3, bigger & better”, June 24). Without doubt, it will be able to meet the future demands.

While the security of the airport would remain paramount, the provision of basic amenities like clean water, sanitised toilets and hygiene of the food outlets should be given equal importance.

There is hardly any flight from Europe that touches down at Delhi on its way to countries in the east and vice versa. Dubai and Singapore are popular hubs because they provide not only good connections for further journey but are also attractive tourist destinations. It would be wonderful if Delhi could emerge as an attractive stopover.

Dr SANJIV GUPTA, Perth, Australia

Good Samaritans

Krishna Mohan’s middle “Good Samaritans and us!” (July 2) was thought- provoking. The incidents mentioned and the personal assistance rendered in cases of road accidents/happenings by the writer speaks volumes of his compassion, caring attitude and humanism. We must emulate Samaritans like him.

Sadly, today often we come across instances when some netas with beacon lights atop their cars drive away unmindful of the hurt persons on the highway needing immediate medical assistance. Such leaders must render a helping hand to the needy and set an example for the others to follow.


Miracle of prayers

How beautifully Geetanjali Gayatri has expressed her personal experiences of miracles in her life in her middle “Pray, and let God worry” (June 23).

Indeed, God is nearest and dearest to us and remembering him brings us much solace in difficult times. I have also learnt from my experience that if we pray with full faith God listens to our prayers.


Solve the SYL issue

Nirmal Sandhu has given a balanced view of the SYL canal issue (July 5). On the other hand the story by Jangveer Singh on the same page was one-sided. The SYL Canal issue has been highly politicised over the years and once an issue becomes political, rationality is buried under the carpet.

The right climate to solve this issue was in 1977 when Mr Parkash Singh Badal was the Chief Minister of Punjab and the late Devi Lal the Chief Minister of Haryana. The two shared cordial relations with each other.

Now the possibility of an amicable settlement between the two Chief Ministers is well nigh impossible. Presently all political parties wish to keep the SYL as a smouldering issue to extract political mileage out of it from time to time.

The issue is very simple and can be solved in a day provided the decision is left to a group of engineers. Now the Supreme Court will start hearing this case and decide the issue once and for all. The warring parties are requested to fight their cases with a holistic approach and abide by the verdict with grace. Incidentally, one does not understand why the Centre does not wind up the Eradi Commission and get rid of the SYL staff and save the huge amount spent on salaries for some better cause.

RAM NIWAS MALIK, Engineer-in-Chief (retd), Gurgaon



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