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Only words

Virbhadra Singh's remarks in his interview to Rakesh Lohumi, "Will restore rule of law, accountability" (Sunday Tribune, October 28), were ironical and sounded much like a cruel joke. Virbhadra is neck-deep in cases of corruption. It seems politicians have a thick skin. It's a wonder how they face people and talk of morality and integrity. They hide behind the principle of "innocent till proven guilty" because they know that the legal system is slow and it takes years for any verdict to come out. They get away all the time.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

Abusing life, not drugs

Drugs are playing havoc with the Punjab youth ("Drug abuse in Punjab alarming, indeed" by Manpreet Badal, October 28). Sikh troops have always been well built and unbeatable in sports. Sadly, things have changed. Now, Sikh boys can't even complete the mandatory run during recruitment rallies. The youth has taken to drugs, even smoking, and avoids hard work. The problem must be faced head on. The 'gabroo jawan' of Punjab must find its way back for the state to prosper.

Col RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt


Instead of politicising the issue , the Akali-BJP combine should curb drug abuse among youngsters, on whose shoulders rests the responsibility of Punjab. There are many de-addiction centres, but no perceptible change has come around. The government is blaming the Centre for short recruitment in the armed forces, but physical inactivity has rendered the youth unfit.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Canada

India shining

"Authoring India" by Mukesh Khosla (Spectrum, October 28) was inspiring. India provides ample opportunities for creative writers. Many foreigners know India better than Indians themselves. Oliver Balch of the UK deserves to be appreciated for depicting the swiftly changing India, where people are being pulled out of poverty. Let us learn to paint a better picture of India from foreigners, if not Indians who are in demand in foreign lands for "internationalisation of Indianisation" with spirituality, which is the need  of the day.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra

Belt of life

Reference "Into pain he injected laughter" by Kishwar Desai (October 28), Jaspal Bhatti was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The voice of the attending doctor, who was stressing on the importance of seat belts, got drowned in the sea of obituaries. Not a single personality mourning the death of this stalwart mentioned that we need to learn a lesson from the accident. Seat belt and helmet safety awareness drives should be launched. It will be a befitting tribute to the comedy king.

Dr Tejbir Singh Sandhu, Amritsar 



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