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Bifurcate HC to expedite justice

SRISHTI Yadava’s article, “Expediting justice” (Sunday Oped, Aug 28) was timely. I see no reason why successive governments in Haryana have failed to champion the cause of a separate High Court for the state. A separate High Court will help people get justice quickly at their doorsteps.

There were bright prospects of a separate High Court when former Union Law Minister H.R. Bhardwaj offered to provide for a separate High Court for Haryana at Panchkula to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. Mr Hooda, however, declined the offer of having the High Court at Panchkula, apparently for the fear of losing Haryana’s claim over Chandigarh.

No Chief Minister of Haryana want to have major project of importance in north Haryana — be it in Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar. Haryana’s politicians want to keep the Chandigarh issue pending in their own interest.

If Haryana’s politicians want to have their High Court at Chandigarh, this problem can be solved by merging Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar with Chandigarh and calling it Greater Chandigarh.


War heroes

I read Yatinder Pal Singh’s letter, “Honouring decorated defence personnel, Railway style”(Aug 1). It is a commendable gesture that many roads of Palghat Railway colony in Kerala have been named after the decorated defence personnel. This is not only a befitting tribute to the Kargil heroes but also a source of inspiration for the younger generation to join armed forces.

However I wish to inform the writer, who is the Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, that near the Enquiry office, Amabla Cantonment Railway station, there are two marble stones fixed on the wall in honour of two war heroes, Second Lt Ravinder Singh Bedi and Naib Subedar Ajmer Singh, both residents of Ambala Cantonment who were awarded Vir Chakra for gallantry during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. One can hardly read the inscription now because it has become illegible and faded.

HARBANS SINGH, Ambala Cantonment

Sikh soldiers

I read the article Symbol of Faith by Maj-Gen Kulwant Singh (retd) (Spectrum, Aug 1). It was very interesting and inspiring to go through the saga of sacrifices of Sikh soldiers who, on some occasions, defied the orders of British officers to replace their turbans for steel helmet during the World Wars 1 and II.

It happened partially due to the ignorance of the British officers about the he Sikh soldiers’ psyche. During the British period, a law was enacted to the effect that no Sikh soldier in the Sikh or any other regiment could cut his hair. They were ordered to role up their beards and keep their moustache intact as a symbol of their pride and bravery.

The writer has said that during the World Wars I and II, 83,055 Sikh soldiers with turbans died and 10, 9045 were wounded. These figures seem to be incorrect because according to an estimate, in the World War I, 75,000 Indian soldiers died.

Maj NARINDER SINGH JALLO (retd.), Mohali

China and India: A study in contrast 

Chandrasekhar Dasgupta’s article, “Rising China and emerging India” (Perspective, Aug 28) is a theoretical discourse sans ground realities. Napolean once said, “Let China sleep, for when China wakes up, she will shake the world”. China has woken up and is progressing with meticulous planning to dislodge the US from number one position and shake the world.

Russia’s disintegration has left the field open for the US to assert its hegemony over the world affairs. Now China is working hard to take Russia’s place and win over the world through economic aggression provided its political structure does not break down midway.

China has gone far ahead of India and comparisons have become odious. For example, China built the 3-Gorge hydroelectric project with an installed capacity of 18200 MW in just six years and is now planning to build another project of 38000 MW across the river Brahamputra.

The National Hydro Power Corporation of India, on the other hand, could develop only 6000 MW in 25 years, that too, with a power load factor of 0.43. Now the talkative Indians have started coupling India with China (Chinindia) to cause an avalanche in the global economy. The hard fact is that China does not want India to grow economically strong.




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