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Rise above power politics

Depleting groundwater is a matter of serious concern, but it never bothers the power-hungry politicians. The general public is also insensitive to the grave issue. The main cause of depleting water level is the free power being given to farmers by successive governments. Things we get free of cost are mostly ill-spent.

Our politicians are perhaps mistaken that they are voted to power in lieu of such subsidies. Parkash Singh Badal despite providing free power to farmers lost an election in 2007. Politicians should shun the policy of subsidies to annex power. It has two bad effects. One, the state is on the verge of bankruptcy due to such poll freebies; two, there is 50-70 cm depletion of ground water every year.

BANSI RAM, Hoshiarpur


The editorial In deep waters (Feb 27) is a wake-up call to the powers that be. Something positive must be done to curb mindless exploitation of groundwater which is depleting at an alarming rate, failing which the impending tragedy would be too deep for tears.

Experts are of the view that that by the year 2020, the supply of drinking water would pose a serious problem. The apprehension raging the public mind all over the world is that that the next world war would be fought amongst the nations over ‘water’. The powers that be must pause to ponder over the issue and evolve a workable solution to the problem. The sooner, the better.

TARA CHAND, Ambota (Una)

Education reform

Shelley Walia’s article Charting a New Course (March 6) gives a groundbreaking proposal that students be allowed to combine courses in literature and cultural studies with those from other subjects. The idea, if implemented by the UGC, would add greatly to the utility of higher education, and assist the country in becoming a ‘knowledge-based economy’ and a true welfare state. This innovation has the potential to create an international model for an interdisciplinary system of imparting learning where ultimately, arts would rub shoulders with sciences. It would also instantaneously rejuvenate the unfairly neglected arts stream.

The writer mentions that this reform requires large-scale and sustained commitment from the authorities. The investment would be worth the transformation it would bring in the futures of all humanities scholars, students and pedagogues. Despite the allocation of sufficient resources to universities, transformation cannot and will not be seen in the field unless and until such radical measures are put forth, surveyed and implemented by the custodians of our education system.

KAMNA SINGH, Chandigarh

Women in Houses

Population of more than one billion with just eight per cent women in Parliament shows India in poor light. The Women Reservation Bill has been hanging in balance for more than a decade.

  Over 100 countries have constitutional, electoral or political party quotas. In most of the European countries like France, Germany and Italy, major parties have quota systems for their own list of candidates. But shamefully, India, which is considered as one of the biggest democracies in the world, has today fallen far behind.  The worst condition is in the State Assemblies which is a challenge for women on International Women’s Day.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Spend judiciously

Education has got a major thrust in budget 2012-13 in Haryana with allocation of Rs 8,245.58 crore, showing an increase of Rs 169.59 crore higher than the allocation in the current year. It is reported that higher and secondary education will get a large chunk of this allocation.

It is now important to have a stringent fiscal check over allocation to ensure judicious expenditure. Money should not be allowed to drain off right or left. The government may consider establishing one agency in public sector which can cater to the common needs like furniture, stationery, audio-visual aids and the like of all the institutions.

This will avoid procedure of floating tenders. Sometimes, HoDs avoid purchasing in view of audit objections and some make purchases without adopting fiscal procedures. This will also ensure quality control at reasonable prices at one source. Efforts should be made to make infrastructure available only on order and within stipulated periods.

Dr S KUMAR, Panchkula

Gay issue

Homosexuality is an act starkly against the established norms of nature. Opposite sexes, like opposite poles of magnet attract each other, whereas like poles repel each other. Negative and positive current meet to create light/energy where as same currents create spark/blast.

The gay culture has been imported from the West and the disastrous results are there for everybody to see. As emphasised in the editorial The gay issue (March 5) that the gay community has higher ratio of HIV +tive cases, then why not amend Article 377 of IPC by incorporating “sexual act in private between consenting adults of opposite sex only”. The Indian government should be firm in declaring homosexuality as “highly immoral”, as the act is against biological norms as well as a potential threat to the very existence of civilised society.


Diamond, not a friend

The middle 'A Friend in Dad' (March 5) by Geetanjali Gayatri took me down memory lane when I sat by my father's side in the ICU of Rajendra Hospital, about 15 years ago. I was not fortunate enough to have his continued guidance and company thereafter. My life has not been the same since then. I share the advice given by the writer that a father and not the diamond is our best friend.

The time spent in our father’s lap, visiting bazaars with him or riding pillion on his bike cannot be matched in terms of enjoyment even while sitting in luxury cars. Such is the mystic power of the company of our parents. 

S C CHABBA, Panchkula



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