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Literature carries message for world

In a strife-torn world, clarity of mind, which is free of dilemmas, is the way out to a better response to human situations, both individual and collective. The Jaipur Literature Festival seems to be a step in the right direction as is mentioned in the news report Voices merge to seek answers for inherent human dilemmas (January 25).

Literature being the mirror of life and the endeavour of the litterateurs to portray the realities of contemporary life artistically go a long way in mitigating the mist in the mind if the literary works get disseminated properly.

All thoughts, big or small, originate in one mind and affect the rest depending upon a number of conditions. How the deliberations, feelings and thoughts at the Jaipur Literature Fest would impact the world depends upon their depth, sincerity and intensity. But the getting together of literary personalities at a forum is an achievement in itself and has an impact because each participant is a carrier of some message for the world.

Dalai Lama’s presence at the literary festival symbolises ‘a great fact of clash of thoughts -past and present’- a challenge for the best contemporary minds to have an objective look at the world map and the collective human wisdom which, like world economic growth, deserves undivided attention to make the world a better place.


Congruent changes

What a shame for a so-called democratic nation to get justice following  405 petitions for compensation and 12,000 evidences in a single case (Dabwali tragedy case). One generation lost its prime waiting for justice. The age old system of law needs modification and these modifications should not be exclusively for one genre of cases.

The modifications should be such which suit our needs and convenience. The changes should aim at shortening the period of proceedings of the court and a particular time limit should be fixed for the disposal of cases.  Unless steps to ensure speedy disposal of cases are not taken, the present system cannot give a desirable  performance. 


Visa norms

The idea of easing visa restrictions across the Indo-Pak border was to simplify the procedure for at least senior citizens of both the countries to cross over to the other side for short visits without having to approach embassy officials ( news report 'Visa on arrival put on hold as Pak demands too many papers January 22).

The real purpose has not been appreciated by the Pakistan authorities on the border. By insisting on unnecessary papers or name of sponsor, the very purpose of agreement between the two countries is defeated. We hope that both the countries will be able to decide about the required papers, which should be identical on both sides and sponsorship should not be made an issue as for most of  the senior citizens visiting Pakistan the real sponsor will be their place of birth.

RL KHURANA, via e-mail

Vocational training

The Centre plans to fund a vocational training scheme in selected government senior secondary schools in Himachal Pradesh for students from Class IX onwards ( news report Vocational training to be provided from govt schools’, January 24). It is envisaged that the trained students would be able to meet the requirement of entrepreneurs in the state, thereby providing employment opportunities to the local youth.

As against this exercise, the Punjab government has already approved a roadmap of opening 2,500 skill development centres. Four such centres at Bathinda are in advanced stage and are likely to open soon. The Punjab youth stands to gain further from the additional facilities available at Central Tool Room, Ludhiana, R&D Centre for Bicycle & Sewing Machine, Ludhiana, and Central Institute of Hand Tools, Jallandhar.

The Punjab youth seem to enjoy clear edge over their counterparts in terms of skill development and they stand to be more employable.

Against this background, the HP government needs to improve upon its plans of generating employment opportunities for its youth.

Prof YP GUPTA, Ludhiana 

Sincerity of purpose

The Justice Verma committee’s report is a candid indictment of the police (editorial ‘Over to government, January 25). It is strange and flabbergasting that the committee received 80,000 suggestions but none came from any quarter of the police. Such remarks by the Justice Verma committee mirror the reality of mindset that prevails within the police force on certain issues critical to safety of women.

The police needs to double its efforts. It police needs colossal amount of innovative ideas, determination and uprighteousness to regain its lost image. The Justice Verma committee has highlighted the danger of felons and venal politicians to the political system. The real solution lies in educating the polity and rooting out politicians with criminal record. The corridors of power will continue to be a haunt for criminals if the voters do not realise the value of their votes.

Justice Verma clearly expressed his disgust on the public apathy and insensitivity in helping the Delhi rape victim.  It is a known fact that  people do not come forward to help a distressed victim on the road or elsewhere for fear of being harassed by the police and the cumbersome day to day appearances in courts.





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