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Time crucial in good governance

In politics, a day is not a day, week is not a week and month is not exactly a month. These words were uttered by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Andhra Congress-in-charge, on the timeframe needed for solving the Telangana imbroglio.

It is not understood how much time the government will take to solve this tangle.  It should be either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ now. Probably, the Congress-led UPA government fears that any decision on the Telangana issue will open a Pandora’s Box leading to similar demands from other parts of the country such as Gorkhaland, Vidharba, etc. The fear is not unfounded though, but the issue should have been addressed earlier on if the government did not intend creating a separate state.

The government should solve burning issues with urgency.  It appears that the movement for a separate Telangana state has reached a stage where further delay in deciding on its status is only fuelling sentiments.

This is not for the first time that the government has shown its indecisiveness and insensitivity towards major national issues.  The Lokpal Bill has been under the consideration of the government for more than four decades.  The Women Reservation Bill has been gathering dust in the corridors of power for more than fifteen years. The Telangana movement is already more than forty years old and failure of the government once again to arrive at a decision within the promised timeframe is anybody’s guess.

Public confidence in India’s democratic institutions and political processes is at an all-time low and there is a rising danger of the Indian public becoming alienated from the electoral process, angered by the failure of politicians to deliver on basic necessities. 

SK KHOSLA, Chandigarh

Old-young bond

The younger and older generations must learn to communicate more and more with each other and involve themselves in each other’s day-to-day activities, without any expectations. Parents sacrifice their spirit, riches, comforts, harmony and time for bringing up their children well. Their prayers, fasts, religious yatras, rituals, everything is generally centred on them. But it is a sorry state of affairs that most of the times, as their sons grow up and get involved in the duties of the ‘grihasth ashram’, they willingly or unwillingly, exclude their parents from their primary circle.

Views expressed by Jagvir Goyal in the middle ‘The value of parents’ (January 21) can go a long way in giving direction to people who have lost their way. Let us learn to share our emotions and spend quality time with our parents and find ourselves blessed in their presence and vice-versa.



It is seen that some old parents always dote on the past and fume over minor things. They should change their conservative mindset, take impressions from the present, agree with the healthy social changes and face the challenges peculiar to old age with stoic endurance.

Fotunate are the parents who are loved, respected and looked after by their sons and provided what they need for their comfort and convenience in their twilight years. On being asked by someone as to which act after prayers was liked most by God, the holy Prophet said, “Good treatment to parents”. He said that paradise lay under the feet of your mother.


Vital health parameter

India will soon become the epicentre of a ‘diabetes quake’ having 64 million diabetics, a number which is expected to increase to over 100 million by 2030 when every fifth world diabetic will be an Indian. This indeed is a serious health challenge as we spent 0.9% of our GDP on health.

The recently-concluded International Symposium on Diabetes 2013 in Mumbai lays emphasis on the need to consider checking every patient’s blood glucose as a vital parameter just as we check pulse, BP, temperature and respiratory rate. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to prevent co-morbid conditions and prevent diabetes. So the facility of blood glucose measurement should be made available at every health care institution.

Much of the burden and cost of diabetes treatment is attributed to its effect on other vital organs like heart, eye, kidney and lower limb diseases.


Where’s our moral conscience?

Whereas the Delhi gang-rape case is slowly slipping into the silence mode, the increasing number of rape cases in Haryana and other states as well are becoming a matter of national shame. Everyday newspaper headlines stare at us ‘Dalit gang-raped in Bhiwani’; ‘4-year-old gang-raped, murdered in Sirsa’; ‘Neighbour rapes minor girl’; ‘15-year-old girl gang-raped in Sonepat’ and we have no answer. There’s rarely a day when such unfortunate news reports are not there.

What is incomprehensible is that how are Chief Ministers of respective states, police officials, judges and other people in authority who can check such incidents, able to take a sound sleep without finding a lasting solution to this serious issue.




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