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Hindus across the border face the heat

The recent revelations that at least 20-25 Hindu girls are abducted in Sindh every month should be a matter of concern to our countrymen. This has been the case since Partition. It is shocking to know that at the time of Partition, the Hindu population which stayed back in Pakistan was 15% but now it has shrivelled to around 1.7%. Millions of Hindus were forcefully converted to Islam.

Bangladesh which got its independence because of India is no different. The Hindu percentage in Bangladesh was 22% in 1951 and it came down to 9.2% in 2001.This was the case 10 years ago, the current situation would be worse. In Bangladesh, the Enemy’s Property Act (now renamed as Vested Property Act) is applicable because of which 75% of all land owned by Hindus in Bangladesh has been seized by the government. The condition of Hindu women in Bangladesh is no better also completely shocking. Of all rapes committed in Bangladesh, 98% of them are of Hindu women.

It is very painful to see that a country where 90% of Hindus live is not raising its voice against this terrible crime against their bretheren in other countries. The Indian government has never spoken against these horrible crimes against Hindus but is ready to condemn Israeli military action in Palestinian territories.

It is very easy to say that 20-25 girls are abducted every month. Please think of each and every girl and how she is spending each day.

ROHIT GUPTA, via e-mail

Crop diversification

The editorial ‘Look beyond relief’ (August 13) has rightly stressed on the need to revisit the issue of paddy cultivation in times of drought, which accentuates pressure on the limited financial and water resources. The deficient monsoon has multiplied the worries of the farming community, especially paddy growers in Punjab and NCR as well.

The depleting water table is also a matter of serious concern. The shortage of power has forced the farmers to spend more on diesel consumption. As the month of August ends, there is less hope of more rain, so the losses in paddy cultivation multiply. The direct credit of compensation money to farmers will definitely appease them to some extent. However the union ministers’ advice not to stick to paddy cultivation may not be easily acceptable to the rural belt. Punjab has been adding huge quantity of rice to the central pool for decades.

Crop diversification needs to be advertised in a well-managed manner before acceptance.

It won’t be out of place to mention here that exorbitant rise in prices of pulses and subsequent dependence on import quota will further make kitchen expenses dearer not only for Punjabis but for the countrymen as well. 65 years after independence, the Indian economy is still dependent on nature and corporate policy makers.



Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal plays very ‘good’ politics at the right time. The latest example that justifies it his demand of Rs 2380 crore from the Centre for drought relief. If it is paid by the Centre, it would be a great achievement for him; if not, SAD-BJP would blame the Congress for neglecting Punjab.

Badal should not forget the last time when the Centre gave Rs 800 crore to farmers, the government spent the money on other projects. The poor farmers managed to get only Rs 150 crore, that too after a strong protest.

The CM’s statement has mentioned “sacrifice” by farmers for a national cause (editorial “Drought Money”, August 4). He would do well to refrain from such melodrama and instead come with credible mathematics to build a solid case and not criticise the central government time and again.


Licence to steal

The satirical editorial ‘Steal, Don’t Loot’ (Aug 13) is very apt in this age of unlimited and all-pervading corruption in India. What takes the cake is that the minister (a close relative of the Chief Minister of UP) has openly allowed employees to carry on with corrupt practices on a small scale. Being generous, he has limited it to be less than a ‘loot’.

The incident brings home the hard facts of corruption, quite well known earlier but now shamelessly propagated by a minister. The loud noises made by Anna Hazare or Baba Ramdev make no difference to the thick-skinned politicians and officials in our democracy.

You have rightly asked the people to keep a watch on the minister as he may be a subject for study by research workers in times to come for good performance alongwith some stealing. But will these ‘netas’ ever have morals to understand the lofty ideals of service for public and not self.

HS SANDHU, Panchkula

God is within you

I fully agree with PC Sharma’s middle ‘God hunt’ (August 13 ) that knowing one’s self truly is the essence of God. God resides in everybody; the need is to listen to his call. Our conscience always keeps guiding us on the right path. When we talk of ‘Tamso ma jyotirgamay’, i.e. from darkness to light, it obviously hints at removing the dust accumulated on one’s conscience which blocks enlightenment.

Being true to one’s self shall subtly lead to being true to humanity which will subsequently breed love, trust and faith. God dwells in this beauty but we have confined Him to temples, mosques, gurdwaras, and now tunnels as in the CERN experiment.





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