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Thin line between public, private life

Congress leader and Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid seems to be a law unto himself. While defending his party colleague Abhishek Manu Singhvi with the argument that Singhvi’s private life should be treated separately from his public life, he chooses to ignore the fact that a politician's public life is as important to the people as his private life. In a democracy, where people need to judge politicians on their persona in toto, his private life itself becomes his public life.

Our society is fortunately not so debased that we can easily stomach abhorrent acts. A supposedly more permissive country like the US had its President dragged through a long and most humiliating and grueling process till he was finally exonerated. There are rumours that similar sex CDs of other ministers too are lined up for public exposure.



Agreed that resigning from the party post and Parliament's standing committee to avoid any disruption in the Parliament proceedings on the controversial CD issue, Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi has done something that is a rarity among today's politicians. Allegations against him are still not proved so he could easily have denied it like others. But it was painful to see him join the club of dirty politicians. But, who knows the said video is planted or fake? Another big question is the manner in which judges are being appointed. Singhvi’s resignation is right and the matter should end here.


Meritorious record

Balbir Singh was adjudged as “Indian sportsman of the century” in 1982 by the ‘Patriot’ newspaper (news report “Balbir Singh Sr stakes claim for Bharat Ratna”, April 24).

He has been an excellent administrator and remarkable sports promoter and planner. He was honoured by the Punjab Government with “Nishan-e-Anandpur Sahib’. Besides, he possesses a treasure trove of qualities such as politeness, generous thinking, patriotism and secularity.

Balbir Singh scored 22 goals out of 40 (55 per cent – the highest average so far) in 1948, 1952, 1956 olympics where as Dhyan Chand scored 33 goals out of 102 (33 per cent in 1928, 1932, 1936 olympics). He is the son of freedom fighter Dalip Singh.


Inspirational feat

Dr Amits Garg’s feat ("Haryana boy creates world record in mental division, April 24) has rekindled hope that students in India who are losing interest in higher study of mathematics will be inspired by him and will opt for this subject, which is no doubt the mother of all sciences. It is also hoped that these days when students feel handicapped without a calculator even for simple calculations, his achievement will help children develop the capability of mental division and multiplication.

Prof YP MAKKER, Malout

Real contact

People-to-people contacts will only be effective between India and Pakistan when there is a grassroots level interaction. As a first step, both the governments should do away with all travel restrictions and introduce a simple visa system for the Amritsar-Lahore bus. The fear of terrorism should not stop people from intermingling. Ultimately, people are the real contacts and are the only route to peace.  If both the governments are really sincere about maintaining cordial relations, there should be no place for mistrust.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Curb drug abuse

The government has not been able to fight drug trade and abuse due to the patronage given to it by politicians surreptitiously. Well-known political families are known to provide protection to drug peddlers.

Drug addiction, drug smuggling, snatching, thefts, street fights and murders have become a regular feature in Ludhiana and no citizen feels safe.

This can be stopped only by people by giving good academic and moral education to their children, reporting drug abuse to the police and assisting them in investigations; having anti-drug citizen committees to bring culprits to book rather than running after politicians.

Dr D S GREWAL, Ludhiana

Cheating people

The large number of recruitment agencies that have sprung up to help the unemployed are cheating middle-class people. The recruitment agencies charge a minimum amount of Rs 150 and ask candidates to fill the forms and follow their terms and conditions. The recruitment agencies only do their paper work, mint money and give false assurances. In the absence of any law to prevent such scams, these people continue to loot money. Laws should be framed to check such malpractices and prevent duping of innocent people.


Moral lesson

The way one of the labourers, at the recent blanket industry collapse site, ran back to save his friend and lost his leg in the ordeal (news story “In Jalandhar, his whole world came crashing down”, April 18) speaks volumes of a common man’s values. Such people are rare to find in this world where people are ready to kill one another over trifles, where people are jealous, full of ill will, antagonism and negativity for others. The factory labourer Manoj Bhagat’s noble deed has reaffirmed our faith in humanity where people are ready to risk their lives for the sake of others.

SHIVANI DUA, Jalandhar

Love for the game

I am fortunate to be the eldest son of senior hockey player Balbir Singh. Finally he has decided to fight for something that should have been offered to him without asking (“Balbir Singh Senior stakes claim for Bharat Ratna”, April 23). It is sad but true that in India only a squeaky wheel gets the grease.

I agree that Dhyan Chand is an icon of Indian hockey but my father broke his record within 20 years. My father’s high goal-scoring record in Olympics still stands unbroken some 60 years later. The Guinness Book of Records still contains his record as unbroken till date.

He played hockey because he loved it more than anything else in the world, more than his family. Not that he did not love us, but the love for the game was inborn. Unlike today’s players, he did not get any monetary reward for any of his medals. As a true Olympian he won all his medals for the glory of his motherland, Bharat.

I would urge the Punjab government to come forward and fight for this son of Punjab and recommend his name for Bharat Ratna.




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