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Sound finance vital than poll victory

In a report authored by leading economists across the world and India, Punjab has shown a decline in financial freedom and the ability to encourage business. The state dropped from the sixth position in 2005 to twelfth in 2011 in this context. The entire period pertains to the Akali-BJP rule (editorial ‘State economy check’, January 31)

The state government has unnecessarily burdened the public exchequer with a number of commissions with a large number of members and employees. Most of the state revenue goes in paying employees. A clerk’s salary is more than an engineer of a private company. Retrograde sSteps like power subsidy and free atta-dal scheme have made the Akali regime bankrupt. Now, the government is burdening the people with new taxes. In these circumstances, the financial health of the state is sure to take a beating.

Corruption is rampant, crime is increasing, women safety has not improved. The government has no money for development or funds to spare to provide meaningful social services or infrastructure.

SAHIL GARG, Chandigarh


The SAD (Badal) with two back-to-back victories, first in the Punjab Assembly polls and now in Delhi Gurdwara elections, is riding high on confidence. It is now contemplating to contest elections to the Delhi Assembly as well. This, however, will be a different ball game, as people of other communities would be involved unlike the gurdwara elections, where the electorate comprises of Sikhs only.

It would be better for SAD (Badal) to limit its interest to the Delhi gurdwara elections only as going beyond that would affect governance in Punjab. It should rather lay more emphasis on carrying out its electoral commitments and redress grievances of people back home.


Prevention is only cure

Dr Rajeev Gupta’s article ‘The white powder of death’ (January 31) has portrayed a real picture of our society. Small fragmented families and their being over-busy in their professions has given space to such deadly evils to creep in. The larger question is about its prevention, as there are least remedies after drug addiction sets in .

Prevention seems to be the only cure in this case. The counselling of teenagers with a completely professional approach can prohibit our young generation from experimenting such misadventures in their life. Parents need to spare some time to observe any behavioural change in their young ones. The old system of social watchdogs has collapsed in India due to transitional and experimental phase of our development.



Drug abuse is a serious issue and vast efforts are required to make a drug-free society. There is need of collective action by the community to check drug abuse by adopting multi-pronged supportive strategies at different levels including education, prevention, management and therapeutic treatment, training and the rehabilitation of drug addicts. Educationists, the members of medical fraternity and social activists should join hands for tackling this social evil by rendering their time, expertise, knowledge and full support in this gigantic task. Also, there is a need of bringing them into the mainstream by giving them vocational training and rehabilitating them in productive ventures.



College and school teachers must particularly bring the contents of this article to the notice of all students and their parents. Special seminars and meetings should be held so that they understand the deadly impact of this white powder almost in every sphere of our life. NGOs, government bodies, religious groups, etc must take up this agenda on a priority basis and come forward in a big way to spread awareness about drug abuse among public.  


Show of power

Indian citizens are lathi-charged by the police in one or the other part of the country on a routine basis. Most of them are common citizens, like school teachers, employees, etc who hold peaceful protests and demonstrations to seek redressal of their grievances. Women protestors are also not spared.

This act stinks of wielding of unnecessary authority, is barbaric and gives a feeling that an ordinary citizen is still being governed by alien rulers, who have no respect for an aggrieved section of society. That is why there exists a disconnect between the common man and the state authorities. Why are protesters treated as state enemies even when they are not indulging in any harmful activity? Why do the authorities deter them with violent means?



Remember universal truths

We all know and understand nature’s laws but often forget them, resulting in rapes, murders, scams, lawlessness (Pritam Bhullar’s middle ‘It’s nature’s law’, February 1). We think we are here only for enjoying life. We experience in our day to day lives also that luxuries give comfort only for a while.

We must remember that we have to go through our karmas, death is the final destination. If we keep this simple truth in our mind, we will never dare to do anything wrong. Nobody will try to cheat others, businessmen will crave only for genuine profits and doctors would not prescribe unnecessary tests to patients and employees would perform their duties honestly.

KK CHAWLA, Kurukshetra



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