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Rajiv-Longowal Accord was a step forward

Kamlendra Kanwar’s analysis of Rajiv-Longowal Accord in the article, Badal scuttled it, says Arjun; no, it was treachery: Badal (Aug 20) has given extensive detail of the accord and the background of that period. Now Mr Parkash Singh Badal claims that it was a treachery plotted by Mr Arjun Singh. Mr Surjit Singh Barnala and Mr Arjun Singh on the other hand blame Mr Badal for not cooperating. There is no doubt that Sant Longowal was a true saint who despite knowing too well the imminent danger to his life, in case he signed the Accord went ahead and ultimately had to sacrifice his life. The Akali Dal never dared to oppose militants and was equally to blame, along with the Congress for the turmoil and suffering of the people of Punjab. This very Akali Dal has often eulogised and praised militants from its party platforms. They have even gone to the extent of publicly honouring the kith and kin of slain militants.

‘Operation Blue Star’ was a blunder and no doubt gave a fresh lease of life to militancy in Punjab. Sant Longowal was a simple man and he wanted to bring Punjab back to normal. Agreed that the accord by no stretch of imagination could be termed a clincher but certainly was a small step forward in the right direction. I think Sant Longowal was a sincere and honest man. This was, perhaps his tragic flaw. Had he been shrewd and manipulative like other political leaders, he might well have been alive today.

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali, Gurdaspur

MPs’ salaries

The editorial MPs deserve more (Aug 18) rightly calls for making MPs accountable for their acts of omission and commission. The electoral politics should be seen as an extension of social work. Political power in the hands of honest and selfless individuals can do wonders for the country. Unfortunately, this is not the case today as most of our elected representatives use it only as a tool for self-advancement and accumulating wealth. To stem the rot, the entire political system needs to be overhauled so that only honest and dedicated men with missionary zeal are encouraged to enter politics and all others who pursue politics purely as a lucrative profession and a means of earning livelihood are kept out.

Demand for pay and perks at par with the government servants is fine. However, will our honourable members of Parliament also accept the service conditions applicable to the employees which restrict their freedom and make them liable for punitive action for every small act of omission and commission?



The salary of a Member of Parliament has been more than trebled. The salaries of government employees were raised after 10 years and were called a bonanza. Salary is the only source of income for almost all employees.

However, many of our MPs are crorepatis. If service of the people is their sole mission, how have they become fabulously rich?  The leaders can justify everything to their advantage.

Prof B S AGGARWAL, Panchkula

Rotting grains

Inder Malhotra’s article Hunger still haunts us(Aug 21) hit the nail on the head when it described the faulty public distribution system as the reason for the inaccessibility of food. When wheat stocks rot in the open, how can food be denied to the starving people? The Food Corporation of India has failed to create adequate storage space.

The government also did not goad the Central Warehousing Corporation to share the burden of storage in the country. The other agencies, in the absence of suitable scientific storage space, have no option except to store on the low-level surface. The decision of the apex court to direct the government to distribute food grain stocks among the poor and the needy before it gets damaged is a wise one.


Games mess

In other countries, whenever Olympics, Commonwealth or Asiad Games are held, noted former sportspersons of the country are made chairman and secretary general of the organising committee.

For 2012 Olympics, London, Olympic gold medallist Sebastian Coe is the chairman of the London organising committee LOCOG.

In our country, Suresh Kalmadi is the chairman and Lalit Bhanot is secretary general of the Organising Committee of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. None of them have won even a bronze medal in any discipline of the game even at the state level, what to speak of at the national level. Serious corruption charges have been levelled against them. They should be removed immediately and the CBI should question them.



The common man is aghast. Everyday a new scam related to the preparations of the Commonwealth Games is coming to the fore. These games were planned to enhance ‘national pride’ but eventually, it may turn out to be a ‘national shame’.

On hindsight, it is surprising why and how, in the first place India bid for these Games, knowing fully well how corrupt and incompetent often our officials and organisers can be.


Ways of passion

The middle Passions — sin or virtue? by R R Bhardwaj (Aug 19) was interesting. Indeed, human passions in the refined form produce good culture, respect, decency, courage, good health and progress. Passion in sublimated form emerges as in art forms like architecture, poetry and literature. Passions really develop the personality of a man but much depends upon how a man chisels them.

Unbridled desires and wishes of a man are the worst aspect of his nature, but in a controlled form, desires help a man attain eternity. Love in its purest form is an affectionate feeling for fellow beings. It helps a human being to reach the ultimate truth of universe and attain the Almighty. But in its debased form a human being stoops to sensual and heinous crimes. Life of a man without passion will be dull and boring.




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