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Time for India to mend fences

This is with reference to an article "We need a strong fence" by Vikram Sood. What the writer is saying is that a major portion of our population feels for the slain soldiers. In various television discussions, certain representatives of the media, experts on international affairs, human rights promoters, propagators of peace and bilateral confidence-building experts still opt for a peace process and confidential-building with Pakistan. Pakistan has, on a number of occasions, said there cannot be any peace process with India unless the Kashmir issue is solved. This comes to mean: “Give us Kashmir first”.

We have made it clear to them and the world that Kashmir is an inseparable part of India. Under such circumstances, what is the use of having friendly talks , extending trade and visa facilities and promoting cultural and trade concessions? As the legendary Ghalib had said, "Ham ko unse vafa ki hai umeed, jo nahi jaante vafa kya hai" . There is a dire need to mend our fences rather than working for futile bilateral and confidence-building process. How do we go about taking care of the internal conditions in a country where the government is a puppet in the hands of the military and radicals. No peace process with Pakistan would be worth it, because it has a long history of betrayal and breach of faith, besides being the most unreliable, hostile and cunning and having low credibility. Pakistan, because of its anti–India agenda, has been backing terrorist and subversive activities. Yet it denies its involvement in these acts despite definitive proof, which is shameful. If Pakistan is sincere to the peace and liberation process, how is Hafiz Saeed allowed to incite and instigate terrorists to strike India?

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

Police-public interface

Apropos the Tribune feature “2013 Looking ahead” (Dec 30). Enumerating his priority at Shimla the other day, HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is reported to have stated that making the administration people-centric was his prime concern so that they may feel the change in political regime. This is encouraging, to say the least.

Mr Singh, if he means business, would be well advised to improve the working of the police stations – which leaves much to be desired – in the state on priority basis. Things have reached such a pass that a law-abiding citizen, howsoever aggrieved, prefers to suffer in silence rather than step into a police station to seek police help to get his grievance redressed.

The hapless people are sure to bless Mr Singh if he takes some concrete measures to mitigate public woes in this matter.

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

Ayurvedic varsity

Apropos the news item “Re-totalling scam rocks Ayurvedic varsity”, the report is praiseworthy as it highlights alleged malpractices by the academic faculty of Guru Ravi Das Ayurvedic University. Being the third university in the country dedicated to Ayurveda, it was established in 2009 by the government of Punjab.

Till date, the university is without its own building having any academic, administrative, examination, teaching and research blocks. The varsity, running without Senate, Syndicate and Board of Studies, which are mandatory, should be kept on hold and the examinations being presently conducted by it should be handed over to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences till grant of recognition by the UGC and Central Council of Indian Medicine. Re-totalling scam should be probed by an independent agency such as CBI.

To ensure a fair and impartial inquiry, the Vice-Chancellor, Secretary to Vice-Chancellor, Registrar and the university Dean should be removed from their posts. It is advisable to merge this ill-equipped university with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, with full-fledged faculty of Ayurvedic medicine on the same campus. The example of Banaras Hindu University should be emulated.

—Dr SS Romana, Bathinda

Fear of law

Hardly a day passes without horrid crimes such as rapes being reported. There is little fear in the mind of eve-teasers, stalkers and rapists. The saga and of Daminis has shaken the conscience of the nation. The Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court has rightly said: “Enough is enough” and has rightly sought details from the respective states to awaken them.

Strong steps to sow the seeds of fear in the minds of the rapists is the need of the hour; in law, instead of using the words “rarest of the rare” to deal with cases, courts should hand out stern punishment and deal with the culprits with an iron hand.

Prof BM Rawlley, Zirakpur

Need for right education

There is a Vedic saying, where women are worshipped, there the gods dwell. Or where the women are happy, there will be prosperity.

That women should be worshipped is what has been professed from times immemorial. What the country witnessed recently in Delhi is very shameful. India has a long way to go as far as social security of humans (both men and women) is concerned. The incident is tormenting and has raised a big question: How safe are we in our own nation? The idea of transparency of the trails of the accused and handing out severe punishment is widely appreciated. The move by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to include a new course on human rights and gender studies in the next academic year looks like a step in the right direction.

It is high time the Right to Education included right education. Education should produce not just literate citizens but responsible and morally correct citizens too.

Justice Verma and Justice Mehra are expected to do their job in devising various methods to provide social security to women in our country, but as responsible citizens, we should ourselves give women the place they deserve. Let’s all take a vow to respect every creation of God, be it humans, animals or plants.

Akash Vashishta, Haryana



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