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The Army in high morale as ever

Former Army Chief Gen VK Singh came in with the promise to clean the Army image with good intentions. This refers to Inder Malhotra’s article, Undoing recent damage to Army (June 8).

As far as the age-row is concerned, he is not the only one to be blamed. Firstly, the discrepancy in his date of birth was found in the army’s records. Secondly, the MoD did little to resolve the issue to everyone’s satisfaction. Thirdly, the Supreme Court failed to give a decisive verdict on his date of birth leaving the matter where it was.

The talk of the damage done to the Army as stated by the writer or putting the army back on the tracks, as said by the new Army Chief, is misleading and unfortunate. No damage has been caused to the Army nor has it derailed anything. Let the nation be reassured. Morale of the force is as high as ever. What is needed is an augment for Army’s preparedness for wars by ensuring that it is fully equipped.

Wg Cdr CL SEHGAL (retd), Jalandhar

Dowry menace

Strict laws are not sufficient to deal with the dowry menace. The involvement of governments of both the countries (One in which NRI is residing) is imperative – In reference to the editorial,Nowhere brides (June 4). 

There are many countries in the world in which Section 498-A (Dowry Section) is considered as non cognisable offence, resulting in no action. Appropriate Action must be taken against the unscrupulous NRIs by the concerned country’s government and the LOC (look out circular) should be issued by police, if the culprit remains untraceable.

Necessary steps must be taken at the government’s end in making close liaison with the foreign countries, whenever necessary. Antecedents of NRI groom-to-be must be thoroughly verified before solemnisation of marriage. If necessary, photocopy of passport and visa should be kept by the girl’s parents for future needs. Otherwise, holiday marriages will continue to be solemenised and unscrupulous NRIs will continue to make mockery of the sacred institution of marriage.

Ct Sandeep Nain, Karnal

Must win

The national team announced for hockey on June 11 is a balanced squad, as published in the article ‘Chetri to lead Olympics hockey squad published on June 12. It is a blend of youth and experience and the Indian Hockey selectors have done well to name goal-keeper Bharat Chetri as the Captain and mid-fielder Sardar Singh as the vice captain.

At the moment five nations - Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and New Zealand are playing better hockey than India. Indians will have to struggle very hard to earn a better position. Each player will have to give his best performance. The Indians will have to be vigilant in their own goal area. They must make full use of all the chances of converting penalty corners and penalty strokes. They must make well coordinated moves through better passes, good understanding of the movements of the ball and the strategy of the opponents. They must score as many goals as possible.

If the Indian hockey players keep a note of the above tips they will again emerge on the top in London Olympics to be held in July.


Community feeling

The articleNot shy to be small (June 11), was enlightening and path showing. The writer seems to have done a lot of research to apprise the readers of interesting facts about the ants. She has put to shame humans for their reckless disregard to proper storage and ethical utilisation of surplus food grains waiting to rot. The writer deserves credit for telling humans, the rare community feeling of the ants which is direly lacking in humans. Humans allow the huge wastage of food grains year after year but do not endeavour to give it to poor despite Supreme Courts directions. Ants’ hard work, community feeling and discipline is a lesson to the humans. The writer’s through his article tries to make us visualise the state of mind and course of action of the ants on seeing heaps of food grains which is interesting, absorbing and worth emulating. Ants have two stomachs, one for itself the other for storing food for other members of their community. What a “community feeling? The rare tenacity and doggedness of ants deserve to be held out as an example.

Soshil Rattan, Amritsar

Senseless shutdown

The views expressed by in the editorial Senseless Shutdown June 1, which the UPA blundered by not letting domestic petrol prices to be in alignment with global prices because of assembly election and Parliament session and made unbearable hike of Rs 7.50 per litre on Petrol, were apt.

But I fail to understand the purpose of Bharat bandh as observed by BJP led by NDA and Left parties. Bandh was warred by sporadic incidents of arson. Stone throwing, disruption of bus service and inconvenience caused to common people to large extent. With such bandh no political party earn anything but lost sympathy of masses.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurgaon

Retirement – second innings

The middle, A time to cheer? by Rajan Kashyap, June 7, was lopsided. It presented a negative and depressing picture of post-retirement-scenario. Retirement is obvious. Welcome retirement gracefully when it comes, rather than fearing it like a dreaded disease. Post-retirement life is like second innings of a cricket match, which must be played with as much vigour and enthusiasm as the first innings, so as to emerge a winner. To start with, shed your ego attached with pre-retirement official status and merge with the present surroundings. Have a positive attitude towards life. Don’t fall prey to ‘inferiority complex syndrome’ or consider yourself a useless and discarded individual. Associate yourself with social service and you will discover that you are important and indispensable. Retirement is not end of the world, but the beginning of a beautiful and well-deserved fulfilling experience, cherish it.

Harbans Singh, Ambala Cantt



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