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Urbanisation coming full circle

Notwithstanding the varied needs of urbanites, the village economies per say agriculture, as a vocation shall always remain in focus. In the US, thousands of acres of lands on which closed factories and auto ancillary units existed have been bulldozed and land opened for agriculture again at Detroit in Michigan State, thus completing the full circle of urbanisation. Even in UK, a number of garment factories in Manchester and Leicestershire, have closed down since they could not bear the onslaught of goods from China, Korea and other Asian countries.

Lopsided development in Indian villages is due to government apathy (editorial ‘Punjab Goes to town’ (May 12). There are no infrastructural facilities in our country for marketing village produce. Why can’t we make arrangements to lift farm produce directly from the field? No new rail tracks have been added in villages after independence, thanks to the transporters lobby.

It is true that villagers run for employment to the towns, which are swelling with populace. Village land yielded to urbanisation is further shrinking. Families have disintegrated. Village youth is high on drugs due to lack of employment opportunities. Village schools and public health dispensaries are in a pitiable state since government employees commute daily to the cities to be with their families.

For equitable development, villages must be exposed to modernisation by providing them with state of art hospitals, schools, playgrounds and agro-based units besides frequent affordable transport system. Bank lendings for diversified agriculture beyond KCC finance must be encouraged with concerted approach of revenue officials.

B B GOYAL, Ludhiana

Irresponsible behaviour

Air India pilots have behaved in the most irresponsible manner leaving many passengers in dilemma and a state of helplessness (editorial "Strike again”, May 10). They cannot travel as planned and may have missed important engagements leading to huge economic or emotional losses. Such sufferings hurled on the people are inexcusable. The pilots' strike is illegal and they should realise that their action is holding people to ransom. Government should deal with these erring pilots sternly and take urgent steps to run Air India efficiently or shut shop. Taxpayers’ money can't be utilised for institutions standing on the verge of bankruptcy.


Rogues in disguise

It is shameful that the innocence of children has been criminally violated at a shelter home in Gurgaon (“Unsafe shelter homes,” (May 11). The culprits deserve severe punishment. Some young girls have become infected with HIV. One fails to understand how the state government, political and social leaders fail to prevent such gory incidents.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, human rights organisations and other socio-political formations must act in tandem. Each state must have a State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and each district must have a child welfare committee to keep a vigil on shelter homes, schools and other organisations dealing with children. Rogues in disguise must be identified with the help of effective institutionalised mechanisms.

We hope the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill 2011 will soon become a law and go a long way to act as a strong deterrent in this respect. The media and the intelligentsia must spread awareness among children, students, parents, PRIs and NGOs to take care of the children inside and outside our homes.



Shelter  homes  are meant to  protect  the abandoned,  neglected  and  orphan  children but not to sexually abuse or  rape them by misusing their helplessness. Such incidents are a shame for a civilised society and the government who partakes the responsibility of protecting the weaker sections.  The wrongdoers deserve harsh punishment as a future deterrent. Such  crimes  deserves  no  mercy. Let us see how effectively and rapidly the judiciary works and tackle this shameful crime.


Need more Aamirs

Aamir Khan’s TV debut is praiseworthy. A serious problem has been dealt with very emphatically with every hope that it will bring desired impact on people’s mind.

TV shows seen in almost every home can bring out a change in the mindset of the educated as well as uneducated sections of the society. The bitter pill of reality will take its own time to dissolve but a social awakening through such shows can go a long way in getting rid of social evils in society .

RS KANWAR, Panchkula

Let us do our bit

Everybody is worried about the rotting foodgrains in Punjab and Haryana. The Supreme Court too has passed comments on the matter. Besides the government, it is time for us to act. Everybody who can afford should buy a wheat bag (and a rice bag also) each and store them in one's house.

Even if 10% of Indian homes buy a bag each, a lot of storage space can be spared. Moreover, if the government steps in to promote this practice and offers one bag each at the government procurement price, people will be attracted to buying it at less than the market price. Rather the Prime Minister should address the nation and request everyone to buy at least one bag of wheat.




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