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Debate quota Bill like FDI in retail

Political parties are keeping their cards close to the chest on the promotion-based quota Bill, except the BSP and the SP which are the major players in the game (editorial ‘Stalemate on quota Bill’, December 12). Parliament should hold a debate on the quota Bill as well.

The Members of Parliament should acknowledge the sensitivity of the matter and listen to their heart.

Quota in promotions at work will upset the social system. As it is, reservation in promotions does not have a constitutional sanction.

The parties are not obeying the orders of Supreme Court of India which had struck down quota in promotions. The political parties have no respect for the highest court of India.

Quota in promotion will ‘eat’ away the general category. Welfare schemes have been started for the upliftment of the poor irrespective of caste, region, tribe and reservation in jobs and educational institutions have been provided to uplift the SCs and STs.

SAHIL GARG, Chandigarh


It is plain blackmail which BSP supremo Mayawati is trying to indulge in by warning the government of more serious steps if the SC/ST quota in promotions Bill is not passed soon. Caste-based reservations have already run far too long against the initially stipulated ten years in the Constitution.

Our political leadership has politicised the whole issue so much that no party or candidate can afford to oppose such reservations in parliamentary debate. Reservation in promotions, which have already been rejected by the Allahbad High Court and the apex court of the country, amounts to violation of constitutional provisions.

Let there be a national debate and vote on the issue. Without such a referendum, reservation remains a dubious electoral tool in the hands of opportunist and unprincipled politicians.



Many political parties have formed a syndicate for caste-based reservations for promotion in government service. Those among the underprivileged, who are already working in government departments, are equals. To discriminate amongst them, once again, based on their caste or birth, is to give them a compounded booty based on racial discrimination. Caste based reservations are a form of apartheid. They violate human rights, and India is already witnessing one of the biggest such violations. 


Culture of impunity

The culture of impunity, especially in Punjab, is symptomatic of a peculiar mindset as is clearly pointed out by the editorial, Rageful Indian (December 12). The notion that power ensures immunity is being practiced, demonstrated and encouraged in certain situations by vested interests without realising the far-reaching implications at the micro and macro levels.

The culture of impunity is directly opposite to the ‘rule of law’ which forms the basis of a democratic setup. ‘Rule of law’ is a dire necessity which has been a casualty in many forms over the years. Vested interests, who are more interested in confusion and chaos to achieve their selfish ends, invariably work in the background while their henchmen are made to appear above law.



Majority of the police officials right from the high-rankers to constables are influenced by ‘netas’. One can well observe the ‘goonda raj’ being practised every day on Indian roads. If a VIP or a politician breaks any rule, no police personnel dares to take action for fear of losing his job.

Furthermore, youth wings of different political parties distract youth from their studies or primary issues by giving them unnecessary powers and indulging them in bad politics to complete their objective.


Rename PAU

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, came into being due to the efforts and endeavour of the late Punjab Chief Minister, Partap Singh Kairon, a great freedom fighter, an able administrator and a great visionary. There are so many universities in our country which has been named after the names of former Chief Ministers of states.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh while talking at the golden jubilee celebrations at PAU, referred to Kairon as son of the soil and credited him for laying the foundation of agricultural and industrial development of the state. Naming Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana on late Sardar Partap Singh Kairon would be a befitting tribute to him.


Beyond barriers

Urdu does not belong to a particular region, religion or any individual. Littérateurs like Kanwar Mohinder Singh Bedi, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Monto, Gopi Chand Narang and Janab Krishan Adib and many other non-Muslims served this beautiful language as their own.

The language has a beautiful impact on everybody due to its ‘nafasat’ and ‘nazakat’. The present-day doyens of Urdu like Nida Fazli, Prof Waseem Barelvi and Bashir Badr who have worked on popularising Urdu are getting old, but their contribution will always be remembered.

I fail to understand why well-known lyricists like Gulzar and Javed Akhtar do not participate in any mushaira or seminar in the country. By not becoming part of Urdu-based events, they are doing a great disservice to the language. A ‘shair’ becomes great only if his ‘shairi’ reaches the common man.

Dr NARESH RAJ, Patiala

Letters to the Editor

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No small issue 

Referring to Capt Saurabh Kalia’s case, Foreign Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid’s statement that “There are a number of important issues before the government and this is one of them” is shocking and shameful (editorial Battle after the war’, December 1). Strangely, our ‘netas’ forget that if India continues to be a sovereign country with its integrity intact, it is essentially because of  unparallelled professionalism, dedication and commitment of our armed forces.

Clubbing the sacrifice of soldiers with the routine affairs of governance as stated by Khurshid is utterly contemptuous and disturbing and does raise a question which the people at large need to answer: “Why should a soldier get killed for this country?”

Lt-Col JIWAN SHAROTRI (retd), Kasauli (HP)



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