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River linking: Political will is necessary

The Supreme Court has given a green signal to the ambitious project of interlinking rivers first envisaged by the NDA government 10 years ago ( editorial ‘Interlinking rivers’ Feb 29). Though the court has given its nod to the project after understanding the complexities of such a big project, it is well-nigh impossible to execute it because of the narrow-mindedness of the politicians who cannot think beyond their immediate gains. They are always ready to raise passions in their bid to be seen as champions of their state’s rights.

Crores of rupees have been spent on inter-state sharing of river waters like the Sutlej-Yamuna link canal and the sharing of Cauvery waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu but the schemes have been languishing for decades together.

There is little hope that even after the Supreme Court verdict, the project of interlinking India’s various rivers would ever be taken up for implementation.

LAJPAT RAI GARG, Panchkula  

Ray of hope

India trounced France 8-1 to qualify for the Hockey Olympics. They obliterated bitter memories of 2008 when they missed the Olympic bus to Beijing for the first time ever in the annals of Indian hockey.

Right from the word go, India played fast. Barring the first fifteen minutes of the match, India completely dominated the rivals and earned a penalty corner. It speaks volumes of the forwards’ ability, agility, speed, skill and stamina. India did not concede any goal in the dying moments of the game.

However, India’s defence needs to be strengthened as it occasionally conceded soft goals. The chinks need to be plugged. India dished out a scintillating victory to break the jinx of the Dhyan Chand National Hockey stadium. India has never won a title at this historic stadium.



The Indian hockey team has excelled in each department of the game and achieved excellent results by beating Singapore 15-1, Italy 8-1, France 6-2, Canada 3-2, Poland 4-2 in its round robin matches and again thrashing France 8-1 in the final. I want to congratulate the Indian hockey team skipper and goal-keeper Bharat Chetri, drag flicker Sandeep Singh and the entire team for the spectacular success.


After polio, TB

Two per cent of Indian population is still infected with tuberculosis. WHO report reveals two billion people, one-third of the world’s population, are infected by this bacterium. DOTS has been successfully implemented in India and has shown good results. The slogan ‘TB Elimination: Together We Can’, also the theme this year, is appreciable.

HIV infected persons are more prone to TB infection and vice-versa. To eliminate TB, we should collectively help the health authorities to locate TB patients and guide them for free DOTS treatment in civil hospitals. The health authorities too should take the help of NGOs to start a mass campaign to eradicate TB.


Get things done

Though the Sarv Siksha Abhiyaan (SSA) has helped in increasing the number of schools to some extent, hiring teachers and providing classrooms, the quality of education being provided in government schools needs to be improved (Right to learning, Feb 28) .

Teacher training and their presence in classrooms are some of the grey areas which our policy-makers need to address. Political appointments in government jobs has become a norm.

Our politicians and bureaucrats do not send their wards to government schools and they go abroad for their own medical treatment because they know the basis of recruitments in education, health and other public-sector undertakings.

25% reservation of seats in private schools for children will only help the urban poor. To encourage people to send their children to schools it should also provide furniture, libraries and laboratories in government schools. Appropriate vocational courses should be started at the primary level.


Polls in Russia

S. Nihal Singh in his article rightly says that Vladimir Putin will certainly become the President of Russia (A look at Russia's coming poll, Feb 29). Long misled by devils in the guise of socialist dictators, the people of Russia got Vladimir Putin as a harbinger of democracy. Motivated allegations of rigging parliamentary elections against him fool none today. What failed in Russia in 1989 was dictatorship, not socialism. Socialism, the voice of people, has no such word as 'war lost', except battles lost which in reality are the pillars of a war won. Revolution flows through the barrel of empty stomachs, which are always led by the middle class with a half-filled stomach.


Nucleus of the family

International Women's Day, originally known as International Working Women's Day, is being observed on March 8 since 1900. Make every day Women's Day. No one can imagine his life without a mother, daughter, sister or a wife. They are indispensable. If she is the weaker sex, men are the weakest because it is only a woman who bears the pain of child birth.

The women should not stand behind men but with them. Let us think universally and act individually in making things easier for women by helping them in every way we can.

She manages her job in office, arranges grocery after work, picks up kids from school, looks after the house and the kitchen and smilingly welcomes guests at her door.

ANJALI SHARMA, Dagshai Cantt



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