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Reduce prices of essential commodities

The issue of price rise has taken centrestage these days. The government has hardly made any effort to devise a long-term strategy to curb the rise in prices of petroleum products.

The use of solar power hardly finds favour due to the strong lobby at work which is in favour of petroleum products. The automobile industry is also against the use of solar energy, as it has invested huge sums of money to manufacture vehicles which run on petroleum products. The government has never encouraged the use of bicycles, which would have reduced the consumption of petroleum products.

The prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed not because there is a scarcity of such articles. It is because of the helplessness of consumers.

India has become a sellers’ market now. In India it is festival time round the year. Markets are flooded with goods during festivals. During such times, markets are full of thousands of tonnes of synthetic milk and milk products. These substandard products with fancy labels dominate the markets. Unsuspecting consumers are forced to pay for such commodities.

Why are factories, which produce such commodities, not closed once and for all? They must be made to pay heavy penalties for their nefarious activities.

The time has come for the political class and the government to get their act together to reduce prices of essential commodities.

TEK CHAND (retd HAS), Abada Barana village, Una

Mirchpur killings

This refers to a very perceptive and sensible editorial, “The Mirchpur shame: Will convictions deter anti-Dalit violence?”(November 3). The judgment of a Delhi Additional Sessions judge on the Mirchpur killing and arson is certainly going to weaken the hold of caste-oriented beliefs on the minds of common people. The learned judge has awarded life term to three accused, five have been sentenced to 5 years and 7 have been let off on one-year probation. With this significant development, the killers of the 70-year-old Dalit Tara Chand and his physically-challenged daughter seem to have been identified and given an exemplary punishment also.

The Delhi court has done a judicious and commendable job by convicting only15 out of the total 98 accused in the Mirchpur incident because it is a common practice in rural areas to implicate innocent people also out of caste hostility or rivalry. Those who were actively involved in the barbaric arson and killing at Mirchpur must be punished, but the innocent people must not be framed simply because they happen to belong to Jat families.

Both sides now must respect the law of the land and sincerely abide by the court orders. In fact, we must try to change the feudal “societal values and attitudes”, though the ruling elites in the state do not seem to be very keen on such a meaningful positive social exercise because of their immediate electoral and political considerations.

Dr RAJ BAHADUR, Fatehabad

Sino-Pak designs

This refers to the editorial, “China must keep off PoK” (October 8). After its accession in 1948, the J&K state is an integral part of India. During the Kashmir operations, India made a Himalayan blunder by leaving the liberation of Pakistan-occupied territory of Kashmir unfinished in 1948. Further, non-abrogation of Article 370 of our Constitution, which grants a special status to J&K, is another political flop.

Of late, Pakistan has virtually mortgaged PoK by allowing Chinese troops with sinister designs. China has openly sided with Pakistan by declaring Kashmir as a disputed territory.

In the east, China has laid its claim to Arunachal Pradesh. Both Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh are the flashpoints for the Dragon strike, which is imminent. The time has come to liberate PoK through aggressive diplomacy, hot pursuit and surgical military strikes in the interest of national security and thwart the Sino-Pak military designs.

Wg-Cdr Gurmail Singh (retd), Chandigarh

Domestic violence

This refers to the article, “Our Worst-Kept Secret” (November 2) by Mallika Kaur. This article has helped me to break years of silence, as I have also been a victim of domestic violence for years. Men who perpetuate violence are usually soft-spoken, stylish and street-smart and leave a very good impression on everyone else. In fact, they manage to convince other people that they are the aggrieved party.

The writer rightly says that the solution lies in a culture shift in the world and in our homes. After my own awakening, I want to tell other aggrieved parties that they are not alone. I would feel blessed if others, like me, could muster the courage to admit it and have the option to live a fulfilling and happy life, instead of being victimised for life.


Motivate them to quit smoking

Smokers find it difficult to quit smoking. In fact, they just look for excuses to be able to smoke (middle, “Smoke-free Shimla”, November 1). One of my friends smokes when he is sad. However, on one occasion he looked very happy. But he was smoking as before. I asked him why he was smoking now. He told me that after many years he got a good job. So, he wanted to celebrate. Parents should set an example. They should not smoke, at least in front of their children. This leaves a bad impression on them and they are also encouraged to smoke.

The government and NGOs should launch campaigns against smoking. Companies should implement the policy of not hiring anyone who smokes. Smokers should be asked to quit smoking and then apply for jobs.

Chain smokers need help and motivation. The writer congratulated a chain smoker after the latter was able to quit smoking. This is the right way. Instead of being critical, we need to understand their helplessness.




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