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India’s policy needs rejuvenation

India’s Prime Ministers, preceding former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, had neglected the East, while giving weightage to the West (N Ram’s article Look-East policy: Need for enlarged engagement”, July10).

Narasimha Rao made a number of significant and invaluable contributions to the progress of India. He ushered in free market, tackled the elusive Punjab problem and most of all opened India’s eyes to the East, among other achievements. The eastern region comprising Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia are also known as Greater India of the past.

India is scouting for liquid gas from Iran and central republics of the former USSR, whereas Myanmar could provide succour with ease, via Bangladesh.

India has much to gain to work under the aegis of the doctrine of Look East, no less important than US’s Monroe Doctrine. India, in conjunction with the Eastern countries, can contain aggressive China on the high seas with a positive pan-Asia dialogue. Economic enterprise would come loaded with dividends. The Orientals are as important as the Occidentals.

Willy politicians like Arjun Singh and Sita Ram Kesri, for their vested interests had run a tirade of calumny against Rao. However, the fruitful seeds sown by him reflected in his achievements justifying his political wisdom in the evolution of policies in various spheres. His landmark achievements override salvos fired from crass critics.

VIK SHARMA, Jalandhar

PM’s problems

The erudite PM who is considered an authority on world economics has failed to live up to his previous avatar as the “reform master” while being in the saddle of the nation’s hot seat for the past eight years, but it would be an error to pin him down as being done by the western media (editorial US doublespeak”, July 17). While too much is being blamed on the policy paralysis because of dharma coalition, Dr Singh needs to shed his image as a mere ‘bystander’ and don his previous mantle of a Finance Minister with foresight (as done under PV Narasimha’s government). Some serious questions about India’s growth rate have been raised recently by many economic institutions and the Indian government cannot shy away from facing the ground realities.



Dr Manmohan Singh was the architect of India’s economic resurgence during PV Narasimha Rao’s government. The same person is failing miserably in steering country’s economy giving a chance to once advice-seeker President Barak Obama to comment on our economy. This reminds us of one of Sardar Anjum’s couplet: Talatum se jisne ulajhna sikhaya, wahi shaks ab kyon kinare khara hai.

Dr Singh should take concrete steps to prove another couplet right: Usee ko yeh toofan sajda karega, bhanwar mein jo kashti utare khara hai.


Counselling helps

Often when a serious call for help is ignored, individuals resort to suicides. The social stress inducers are loneliness, rejection, marital conflicts, failing in love and exam failure. When a teen commits suicide, everyone is affected and it leaves behind a sense of guilt for his family members and relatives.

Suicides can be prevented if the timely opinion of a counsellor or a psychologist is sought to tackle mental illnesses. People should remember that asking for help is a sign of strength and not of weakness. In fact the key to suicide prevention lies in being able to recognise the symptoms and warning signs well in time.


Tackling anxiety

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations or behaviors that drives them to do something more than once. It’s normal, on occasion, to go back and double-check that the iron is unplugged or your car is locked. But if you suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors become so excessive they interfere with your daily life.

Self help and support from family members can help one win over their compulsive behaviors. Self help includes eating healthy, getting enough sleep, using a diary to pen down thoughts and compulsions instead of performing them and interaction with fellow OCD sufferers for support and encouragement.

A healthy and balanced lifestyle plays a big role in keeping OCD behaviour, fears and worry at bay. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and other stress-relief techniques may be useful. Also, never criticise or scold a person with OCD rather be as kind and patient as possible.

Dr SHRUTI K CHAWLA, Chandigarh

Keeping a tab on boys!

In our country, the men usually preach that women and girls should stay indoors and restrict their movement, behaviour, clothing, etc. If not, then they should implicitly expect rogues to trouble them.

We are always worried when our daughters are out, but we should be more worried when our sons are out. We must check and question them on any visible signs of anomalous behaviour and keep a tab on their whereabouts. 

The police will do its job, but most of the time it acts when all is lost. The judicial system will take its own time punishing the guilty.

Prof P KAUR, Ludhiana



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