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Remarks against Sheila Dikshit regrettable

To the news report NZ sorry for TV host’s slur on Dikshit (Oct 8), I would like to add that Paul Henry, a breakfast TV host, should be condemned for his racial remarks, casting a slur on Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit when he deliberately mispronounced her name to make it sound like an expletive. He left little doubt about his racist motive when he went on to add that the expletive was particularly well-suited to describe her because she is an Indian.

It is a matter of regret that these remarks were insensitive, inappropriate and vulgar too. It is really shameful that such views were aired by a representative of a mainstream media organisation of a country which boasts of being a multi-ethnic democracy. Paul Henry thus has proven his impudence by his racial behaviour as he had made such remarks earlier too against New Zealand Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, who is of Indian origin.

When the Ministry of External Affairs denounced the racist remarks by the commentator in question and protested, the High Commissioner of New Zealand in New Delhi paid just lip service by conveying his deep regret for the hurt caused by the racial abuse. But New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has added insult to injury by saying that he was powerless to act against a television anchor.

There is no denying the fact that it has long been apparent that a hint of racism marks the attitude of some nations of the Commonwealth. That it has broken out in an ugly form on a New Zealand television show is, therefore, not so much of a surprise.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh

Punjab’s debt-trap

Whether or not there is or was any Central government’s plan to ease the financial position of Punjab should not have been the centre of the debate (editorial A threat to Punjab: Politics must not cloud fiscal crisis”, Oct 11). The question is that the Punjab government should do everything possible to get the state out of the financial trap. It is really astonishing that Punjab is reeling under a huge debt of Rs 71,000 crore. More shocking is that it has to pay an annual interest of Rs 8,000 crore.

Surely, if this amount is properly used, many people in Punjab can be helped by providing suitable employment and taking care of the health of the people.

Subsidies and free power to the farmers should be withdrawn immediately. The government should also rationalise charges for water, health and education services, close down all loss making projects, abolish the culture of parliamentary secretaries, implement austerity measures and curb all wasteful expenditure in government-run offices and projects if it is sincere in solving this grave financial problem the state is facing today.

Instead of fighting in the open and bringing a bad name to the party and person, it would be in the interest of the people of Punjab if the government acts in a wise and sincere manner in taking the state out of this financial mess.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh


Mr Manpreet Badal has given the loan waiver theory of Rs 35,000 crore. He has stated that the Centre has put some pre-conditions for the waiver. Both political parties, the SAD and the BJP, have made the state bankrupt. The loan waiver proposal of the Centre should be properly studied.

SAHIL GARG, Chandigarh

Ailing medicare

Pushpa M Bhargava’s article Whither medical and health care (Oct 9) has rightly expressed that till late seventies general physicians did a yeoman’s service. But such noble doctors are rarely found in today’s India where everything has been commercialised.

Health and education are no exception. The problem is not only with the referral system of specialists but prescription of medicines too. Doctors in the government hospitals normally prescribe only those companies’ medicines, which offer them hefty commissions in cash and kind. These days, hospitals have become prescription centres and hardly any free medicine is provided to the poor patients.


Net gain

Devashish Chakraborty’s article Net- friendship (Oct 12) shows only one side of the coin. Everything has its pros and cons and it depends on what you choose. Social websites like Facebook and Orkut, etc has many uses too. Besides helping one to communicate with one’s friends. it can be used for keeping in touch with one’s near and dear as well.


Laws for women

Aditi Tandon’s investigative report, Dark underbelly of Games(Oct 10) was an eye-opener. It once more proved that there are two different India’s, one that is fast becoming a superpower and the other that is still stuck in the Middle Ages and poverty. 

Politicians often talk about women’s rights yet no action is taken. Stringent laws must ensure the safety and security of the fair sex, especially minor girls.

S SIDHU, Canada

This is not cricket

The editorial Royals, Kings XI out: IPL has an ugly underbelly (Oct 12) has rightly observed that the way IPL matches are conducted and its finances mismanaged, we can’t call it a gentleman’s game.

Some matches are even said to be fixed. Under the prevailing circumstances cricket will lose its reputation.

Neither the sponsors play a fair game nor is their business clean. The BCCI should overhaul the whole system leaving no scope for any foul dealing to sustain people’s interest in these matches.

S C VAID, Greater Noida 



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