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Intelligence agencies must plug loopholes

Efficiency of our intelligence agencies, both Research and Analysis Wing and Intelligence Bureau, leaves much to be desired (PR Chari’s “Business of intelligence”, November 13). In normal course they should be giving actionable inputs for framing important strategies on external as well as internal security. Based on such information, the country decides about defence infrastructure and deployment of forces.

In the absence of concrete data, future plans are made on theoretical assumptions. Intelligence agencies normally shoot in the dark. For example, before Diwali an alert is issued that terrorists are likely to strike in crowded places. No specific places are mentioned. The entire nation is crowded. So it becomes a symbolic alert, generally not taken seriously. Politicians and bureaucrats also donot pay the required attention to the needs of armed forces due to inadequate intelligence inputs. Our cyber security is weak. The think tank must urgently concentrate on plugging all loopholes so that our operational preparedness in space, overseas, in external and internal security scenario is updated on priority. Unlike UK, our position and terrain is peculiar, due to unpredictable intentions of our neighbours, China and Pakistan. And only our own experts can help fix the right policies, if they are heeded to.

SC VAID, Greater Noida


Our unethical, greedy and corrupt politicians have turned our democracy into a ‘corruptocracy’ which has affected the economic growth of the country (Justice (retd) Rajinder Sachar’s article ‘Menace of corruption in India’, November 21). It is also a misconception and a political lie as being told repeatedly by the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and economic advisers that inflation shall be controlled within two years and the economy shall have a growth of 5% within another two years. No amount of FDI, reforms can improve the sliding growth till corruption from the highest levels is not eradicated and politicians are not made accountable and answerable for their conduct.

We have seen the consequences of corrupt regimes in Libya and Egypt, corruption and governance cannot run parallel. Though it is not formulated in our Constitution but when corruption in a democracy reaches a high level, it gives birth to a strong people’s movement against corruption as a result of natural justice to strike down corrupt governance.

Capt AMAR JEET KUMAR (retd), Mohali


Justice Rajinder Sachar was expected to give a comprehensive overview in his article ‘Menace of corruption in India’ (Tribune, Nov 21). But he has merely trained his guns on politicians and bureaucrats. Almost endless trials also hamper the fight against corruption. Delays and procedural flaws in the courts embolden the brazen ones and encourage even timid persons in position of authority to abuse power. Overpaid, rather vulgarly paid (mostly in cash) lawyers also have some explaining to do. With increasing murmurs regarding corruption in the judiciary, Justice Sachar should have enlightened the readers with his views on the matter.

ANIL KAUSHIK, Chandigarh

Public awakening

Arvind Kejriwal’s IAC has been criticised for using the ‘hit and run’ method which critics say is bound to die down after sometime. It is argued that exposing corrupt practices eclipses corruption in higher echelons for a while, even if it is not taken to the logical end of getting the culprits punished through competent courts.

In the given circumstances, Kejriwal will grow grey by the time he is able to get even a few corrupt politicians/ bureaucrats punished through the due process of law.

It appears that the IAC has left the task of getting the culprits punished to social organisations and the Indian electorate.

IAC’s hit and run method is proving effective for awakening the public. It has greatly led to direct and indirect participation of people in the movement against corruption. Mere exposure of corrupt practices at responsible posts creates fear and dread of disrepute, if nothing much.



Jai Ram Ramesh’s plea to strengthen concurrent evaluation of all rural development schemes must be seriously heeded to by the states as well as central government functionaries. e-governance and e-delivery are the keys to many a problems like siphoning of funds and food meant for the poor. Aadhar card is certainly a step in the right direction.

BRIJ B GOYAL, Ludhiana 

Regulated free power 

It is a matter of great satisfaction that the Punjab State Corporation Limited has decided to instal meters to record the amount of free power being supplied to agriculture tubewells. There is some justification in power being supplied free of cost to farmers with small land holdings, but the same facility should not be extended to all farmers. The editorial “Metered largesse” (November 3) mentions that a large number of tubewells draw more power than sanctioned because they have been dug deeper with bigger motors installed as water levels have gone down over the years. This is a theft committed by farmers deliberately. The Punjab government must keep in mind that if it wants to provide free power for farming against the counsel of economic experts, it should ensure that it is not wasted and punish the rule violators.




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