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Lending a helping hand

Schemes for the general public like providing free legal aid in the form of expenses and counsel for the poor are praiseworthy but at the grassroots level nothing works. No prominent or senior lawyer is willing to be the member of a legal aid committee. The poor litigants are forced to choose greenhorns who are unable to plead the case to its desired logical end.

The editorial “Justice for the poor” (November 20) seriously raises a cause. It rightly states that every action of welfare to help the poor is a challenge to the civil society. As citizens, we need to contribute in any way that we can individually to uplift the downtrodden.

The poor are becoming aware of their rights but the ruling dispensation and the social system are still aloof and insensitive to their cause. For getting an FIR registered, a poor man has to run from pillar to post. The have-nots look with a lot of expectation towards the haves. As WB Yeats rightly lamented, “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.’’

BR DHIMAN, Hamirpur (HP)

Poor show

It was shocking for cricket fans to see their team lose against the visiting English team. It is more so because of the poor, unprofessional and irresponsible display of cricket. There was neither any fighting spirit nor any display of talent by the Indian team in any area of the game. Indian selectors and players failed to learn any lesson from the humiliating loss of second Test in Mumbai. It is time for the selectors to re-build the team to restore its glory. 

With the loss of the Kolkata Test, the Indian team has lost 10 Test matches and won only one test. This is a very poor record for any sports team. Ashwin’s unbeaten 91 in the second innings of the Kolkata Test exposes the need for replacement of its old guard. 


Politics of division

The statement of  Press Council of India chairman Justice Markandey Katju that the only solution to the Kashmir problem is reunification of India and Pakistan is appreciable.

Since the era of capitalism and imperialism, economic power and military might always had a big role to play. The Indian sub-continent also became a victim of the nefarious designs of imperialism and divided into several sovereign nations like India, Pakistan, Burma (Mayanmar), Bangladesh.

Consequent to World War-II, the division of Germany and later on Korea and the Vietnam War happened. With time, people of Germany realised the gravity of the situation and reunited themselves. Now, North and South Korea are eager to re-unite themselves. In fact, the imperialist powers divided the nations with their sole aim to establish their hegemony.

Though much water has flown down the Ganga since Partition, there is no dearth of people like Justice Katju in both the countries who think in terms of unity, integrity and international brotherhood so that people may heave a sigh  of relief from the onslaught of terror in one form or the other.

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh


Justice Katju’s remarks that the 2-nation theory was the creation of the British to keep the Hindus and the Muslims divided does mean calling a spade a spade. Consequent to Partition, on the basis of the two-nation theory, the two countries have been in conflict since their birth leaving a legacy of wars, bitterness, fanaticism and a host of other pernicious problems. The earlier the people of the two countries realise the futility of Partition, the better.


About dollars and pounds 

One of the often cited reasons for fewer intake of Army officers and jawans from Punjab is drug addiction. There is another social factor that contributes to this phenomenon more than drugs — the mad rush to work abroad. The farming community in Punjab, the traditional stock of the armed forces predominantly the Jat Sikhs, are the most affected by it. So strong is the urge to go abroad that they are willing to go to any extent, legal or illegal, to secure a foreign visa.

There is no dearth of job opportunities or quality education in the state. A lot many people from other states are getting decent salaries in Punjab in various sectors such as banking, education, retail, manufacturing, etc. But the problem is with the mindset of visualising a larger-than-life image of big money and happiness on foreign shores. Little do they realise that life is not very rosy in Europe, America or Australia. Most Indians including professionals do petty jobs there and lead discontented lives. So, the Indian Army is not losing brains and bodies to drugs only but to dollars and pounds as well.         




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