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Choosing the right person as Lokpal

The editorial ‘Making Lokpal accountable’ (December 17) was apt and thought provoking. It raised some pertinent questions like the qualifications and accountability of the Lokpal. After the Lokpal Bill is passed in Parliament, the debate will centre on the two important and essential points. He surely has to be a man of integrity and honesty, ability and character.

Surely, it is not an easy task. The Lokpal elect should be impartial, man with a clean image and possessing the essential knowledge of law. Such a person is a rarity in today’s times of scams.

The proposed Lokpal would enjoy enormous powers bestowed on him by Parliament, so he needs to be answerable to a constitutional authority. The most appropriate authority can be Parliament which is supreme. So, it will definitely take time to select a Lokpal in its real sense. Anything done in haste will only result in waste.

RK KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Black money debate

The government lacks the will to bring back black money from foreign banks as pointed out in the editorial ‘Political posturing again’ (December16). The debate in the parliament has not served any meaningful purpose. The government seems to be adamant in not doing so. The danger to bilateral talks with other countries is a lame excuse. The proposal of bringing a White Paper on the issue will not serve any purpose. It seems the government is not keen to form a committee as per the suggestion given by the Supreme Court. Huge amount of black money is circulating in India which is a parallel economy. India lives in villages which are underdeveloped.

Our farmers go to the extent of committing suicide. Government should give priority to save their money, the use of black money spoils our democratic set up. Our villagers need rural infrastructure to save perishable vegetables and fruits to enhance their income.


In a hurry

This refers to the news item ‘Sukhbir is man in a hurry, opens unfinished projects’ (December 18). I live near the Sidhwan canal where an incomplete project was inaugurated by the Dy CM Sukhbir Badal recently. I have seen the expressway project grow from day one. I am a witness to the slow pace of the project work. There is lack of coordination between various departments involved in construction of the project.

Some months ago, when construction work was underway, the Irrigation Department opened water into the canal and the PWD and Irrigation department officials fought fiercely over the issue. The state government would have easily completed the project on time had there been proper coordination between the departments directly or indirectly involved in the project.



The news report has rightly highlighted the ridiculous inauguration campaign being undertaken by the Akali-BJP government.

The inauguration spree, distribution of free cycles, freebies to government employees and certain sections of society, daily advertisements in the media, etc is putting additional burden on the already overburdened finance of Punjab. Loans are being taken to pay the monthly salaries. Can the government afford this kind of cheap generosity?


Nanak’s teachings

The famous Lokpal Bill can be a deterrent but cannot eradicate corruption. The demon of corruption can be defeated with a slow process of character building of individuals.

I suggest people in power to adopt Guru Nanak’s message which reads ‘vand chakko’ (share one’s wealth with others and help those in need), ‘kirat karo’ (earn a living in an honest way without exploitation or cheating) and ‘nam japna’ (remember God all the time).

These preachings of Guru Nanak Dev should adorn frames in the government offices and private institutions. Since the dictum will be seen and read by people everyday, it is bound to have an effect.

A drop of water daily on a stone can make a hole in it. It will certainly inspire some government functionaries to give up their corrupt ways one day.


Empowerment of women

Ashok Kumar Yadav in the middle ‘Fluttering womanhood’ (December 17) has applauded efforts of women entrepreneurs for initiating a women housing society in Panchkula, exhibiting women empowerment. He has tried to reverse what Shakespeare and Khushwant Singh have said about the fair sex. But at times Shakespeare has also highlighted the role of Portia in the ‘Merchant of Venice’.

Women empowerment has prevailed throughout history except for a few instances of fall from grace. In Andhra Pradesh women-dominated panchayats have relieved the men folk from alcohol addiction. A family, no doubt, takes positive strides where ladies are honoured. Working for the upliftment of society does not necessarily hint at matrimonial disaster.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula



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