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Time to adopt policy of cooperation

The editorial “Cooperation is the key; India, China together can lead the world” (Dec 15) rightly emphasises that the two can easily lead the world if both adopt the strategy of cooperation, and not competition at all levels, regional as well as global. Both nations have strong and fast growing economies in a world struggling to come out of the economic depression.

The leaders of both nations have to rise above irritants. They have to forget the past and concentrate on the present and the future. There is a trust deficit but that can be overcome if the leaders of both countries exhibit statesmanship. The Panchsheel — the five principles of diplomacy that are mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-aggression and non-interference, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence — is still relevant and can provide a direction to both nations.


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Bihar elections

It is unfortunate that the Congress did not foresee its electoral debacle in Bihar. Its leadership should have known that people can no longer be duped by statements designed to drive a wedge between the two major communities of India. The fact that there was no adverse reaction both by the Hindus and the Muslims to the Ayodhya Ram Janambhumi title suit should have alerted the Congress to the fact that communal issues no longer arouse the voters. The real issues that touch a chord in the people are corruption and bread and butter as Bihar election results amply proved.


Uniform marriage law

To the news report “Anand Marriage Act: Step up efforts to implement it, high priests tell SGPC” (Dec 16), I would like to say that the introduction of the Anand Marriage Act will open the door for other communities to demand a Marriage Act for them also. Before any other community comes forward, it is time for a common marriage law.

At present, there are different laws and special marriage Acts governing marriages of different religions in India. I would suggest that instead of making new Acts and amendments, only the Indian Marriage Act should be introduced for the registration of marriages irrespective of one’s caste, creed and religion.

HARISH K. MONGA, Ferozepur

Right act

The decision of the Punjab government to introduce the Right to Service Act, to boost administrative reforms in Punjab, is welcome. (news report, Dec 16).

It is probably after more than six decades of Independence that the common man will get the right to point out which official is responsible for not getting the sanctioned work executed within the stipulated period. With the introduction of RTS (Right to Service) Act, civil servants will have to face the music. The information gathered through the RTI Act will be meaningless if the common man is not empowered with the right to put the civil servant to task through the Right to Service Act, which needs to be enacted by every state. This will force the officials to discharge their duties within a time frame.

HARISH DIDO, Chandigarh 

Heinous crime

Despite the fact that the Union Home Ministry is genuinely worried and concerned, there is much to shudder at the revelation that rape is the ‘fastest growing’ crime in India (editorial “Delhi remains crime capital”, Dec 14). So much so that India has earned the dubious distinction of being the third worst rape offender in the world. According to official figures, two women are raped in India every hour.

Rape has always been the crime least reported, most stigmatised and seldom punished. In fact, the official figures reveal only the tip of the iceberg. A large majority of rape cases are not reported. The fear of shame and loss of reputation in society prevents the victims from knocking at the doors of justice. The tardy trial system and low conviction rate discourage many others. The problem of rape in India is further compounded by the patriarchal attitude that pronounces the victim guilty even before the accused is punished. It has been rightly pointed out that the perpetrators rarely get exemplary punishment.

The police force remains ineffective in preventing crime because of the high level of corruption. It is time to revamp our police force and make the police personnel accountable for any major incident of crime in their area.

Dr SK AGGARWAL,Dean (Academics), Amritsar College of Engineering and Technology, Amritsar



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