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Redefine work culture

Apropos “Work more, talk less” by Khushwant Singh (Sunday Tribune, October 7), most European countries and China are moving towards planned holidays and block closures. But we are persisting with the age-old concept of work culture. There should be only two national holidays. All the other kinds of leave should be converted into planned block closures and given only if the minimum levels of productivity have been achieved by all, whether it is Parliament, government offices or the private sector.

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon


Under the garb of democracy, holidays for workers and office-goers exceeds all limits. We cannot follow the political line of China, but we can redefine our work culture. The main focus must be on delivery of results with accountability and commitment, which is lacking in government offices.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula


It is a pity that we have failed to inculcate a strong sense of professional ethics. Barring a few, nobody performs his/her responsibilities conscientiously, especially in government departments. Only collective participation and skillful activism of people can bring about development.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

Dreaming big

First Airbus, now she pilots future of poor children” by Sunit Dhawan (Sunday Tribune, October 7) was truly inspiring. How Capt Indraani Singh achieved her dreams despite all odds makes her worth emulating. People like her deserve kudos. No award can appreciate such social bravery.

Dr Sanjay Aggarwal, Solan

Unholy alliances for some

Inter-caste and inter-religion marriages are important. They lend secularism a solid base for an egalitarian social order (“Casteaway lovers”, Sunday Tribune, Oct 7). But same gotra marriages are made in heaven and murdered on earth. Some people are orthodox and have still not accepted such marriages. Khap panchayats decide the punishment, often gruesome, and the police is a mute spectator. If a couple runs away and gets married, they live under constant fear of elimination. We have a long way to go before evolving as a civilised society.

ML Garg, chandigarh

Rights crusader

Swedish Right Livelihood Award recipient Dr Sima Samar (“No to burqa, yes to women’s rights”, October 7) is a selfless soul who has devoted her life to the welfare of women, especially in Afghanistan. Faced with overwhelming odds in a conservative society, Dr Sima Samar gave up her career as a doctor, but the fire of missionary zeal within her kept burning. Endowed with the courage of conviction, she has worked ceaselessly for suppressed women.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur



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