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Rahul needs to emerge as a mass leader

The editorial, Citizen Rahul (September 28), was very interesting. Rahul Gandhi, indeed, belongs to a cosmopolitan family. In political matters, one needs to find a connection, no matter how old it may be, to establish an instant rapport with people whose support one seeks for furthering one’s electoral prospects. There is nothing wrong with that unless one forgets people’s genuine problems. If Rahul Gandhi claims to have his roots in Kashmir, we will appreciate his sentiments. But he has a bigger role to play, at least keeping the future in mind. Once he is in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul becomes one of them.

But what about his relationship with other states, in fact, the whole of India. Political compulsions should not become an obstacle, and Rahul Gandhi should start thinking not in terms of states or regions, but in terms of the whole nation. Such a mode of thinking will not only help  him to get to the most influential post in India, but also allow him to emerge as a mass leader, who is much respected and loved by people from all states in India. It will allow him to become a leader with a broad mind, unlike many other contemporary leaders who cannot think beyond their states and regions.


A colossal loss

The editorial, An embodiment of grit: Pataudi has left an indelible imprint(September 24), pays a befitting and floral tribute to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi who recently breathed his last in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi. He was really a ‘Tiger’ ready to take on the adversary with all his grit and determination. When he started playing, cricket was considered the game of a foreign country played in India by erstwhile nobles and elitist people. I greatly appreciate his boldness and tenacity as the first Indian cricket team captain who steered our side to a convincing victory over New Zealand in 1962. This single formidable victory taught us to defeat foreign cricket teams on their home grounds. Recalling his great contribution to Indian cricket, the BCCI president has rightly commented,”

He was an exemplary individual, who guided Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, as batsman, fielder and captain”. He batted aggressively and scared the bowlers and enthused his own team members not to buckle under any pressure. The finest trait in his personality was his fighting spirit as a player who could surprise his adversary with his unique tenacity. The legendary cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar, has very sensibly remembered Nawab Pataudi in these thoughtful words, “To bat with almost zero vision in one eye and still to score nearly 3000 runs and half a dozen centuries in Test cricket tells you what a genius he was. He will be terribly missed and it is a huge loss to the game of cricket”.


Inhuman act

The butchering of a young tigress by a mob in broad daylight in a border town of Chhattisgarh is too shocking to be expressed in words.

This outrageous act is nothing but cruelty personified. In a mass frenzy, a cruel mob killed the tigress by pelting her with stones and beating her with sticks. They pulled out her eyes and paraded her body in the town. Nothing could be more inhuman and uncivilized. The ferocity of the act has stunned the world at large.

There seems to be lack of integral thinking regarding the entire “Save the tiger” project. Somewhere on the way there is something wrong in the planning. Otherwise, there was no reason why the people should have indulged in such an inhuman act without any fear of punishment.

Dr H M SAROJ, Chandigarh

Water schemes

The HP Cabinet’s reported decision to hand over the operation of 2,322 rural water supply schemes in villages to the local panchayats is, to my mind, ill-conceived, ill-considered and ill-advised. The way faction-ridden panchayats function in the villages hardly warrants optimism in the matter.

No doubt, instead of ensuring smooth functioning of the said water schemes, the decision in question would help worsen matters.

We earnestly appeal to the state government to reconsider its decision in the larger public interest. Acting in haste and repenting at leisure is never a wise policy, as they say.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Geo political challenges

It was only a matter of time before America would have run out of patience. Pakistan has always promised to deliver in the fight against terror, but has done little to satisfy the US (editorial, New axis in the offing?, September 29). While India has been saying this for years, the US has woken up only now. That the ISI in Pakistan has been encouraging terror groups to strike elsewhere in the world does not come as a surprise to us. We have always believed it, even to the point of proving it. But the US and other countries largely ignored India’s apprehensions.

Now, with proofs of ISI’s involvement in terror attacks surfacing, the US has felt the need to take a tough stance against Pakistan.

Pakistan has also realized that dual tactics won’t work for long and now they have started getting closer to China and Saudi Arabia. The editorial rightly observes that geo-political compulsions may require India and the US to move closer. After the end of the Cold War era and the disintegration of the USSR, it is very much in India’s interest to develop close ties with the US, especially in the light of the fact that China continues to be a threat.

Dr DILBAG SINGH, Jalandhar

Stray dog menace

The middle, Who let the dogs out? (September 24) by Mahesh Grover, has beautifully portrayed stray dog menace. As the laid down procedures are not being adhered to, stray dogs will soon outnumber human beings and curtail their freedom of movement.

A bite from a stray dog is a costly affair. Anti-rabies vaccination is quiet expensive which everyone may not be able to afford or may not be aware of the deadly infection. Killing stray dogs is definitely inhuman and is not a logical solution to this problem. Recently, the Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala, has been transferred due to his alleged involvement in killing a large number of stray dogs.

Sterilization is the only alternative left to control stray dog population. It is not the question as to who let the dogs out. The significant question in this case is who will bell the cat (or the dogs)!




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