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Violence always condemnable

We all witnessed the brutal behaviour of the Punjab police in Tarn Taran on our TV screens, thanks to information technology and the media. There was much uproar in all sections of society. Perhaps, if a woman had not been involved, nobody would have bothered. Why so? Is it right to beat any person, whether a man or a woman, in public? Brutality in any form is condemnable.


Equality at home

The inequality between a male and a girl child begins at home. When boys are not made to help in household jobs, they develop a sense of false pride over womenfolk. The inequality which girls start developing from childhood hampers their self-esteem and they put a veil of silence on grave crimes as sexual crimes.

Women must promise themselves to counter any form of emotional or physical abuse. Society must make an endeavour to bring up children with a sense of respect and equality.


Vocational education

Education is the only medium to maximise human potential to make the economy remain prosperous and competitive (Suresh K. Chadha’s article ‘Time to focus on employability’, March 11). Teaching is an art, an ability to hold the pupils’ attention and ensure the understanding of concepts and also encourage intellectual participation. The performance of teachers and their accountability can never be ignored.

Unfortunately, because of little innovation, lack of relevance and an ill-devised regulatory framework, education has lost its edge in India. Instead of spending huge amounts on schemes like MNREGA, Bharat Nirman, etc, there is a need to promote vocational education and create more jobs in other sectors like science and technology, green technology, bio-technology, leather, food processing, tourism, medical tourism, pharmaceuticals and so on. A revolution in the educational sector must do the needful in this regard.


Wrong method

The recent strike by lawyers was an unfortunate event, to say the least. That a policeman allegedly misbehaved and slapped a lawyer speaks volumes about the mindset of the police personnel in general. Lawyers are supposed to know about all the legal means of doing things, where they failed was to strike work to get the FIR registered against them cancelled. By doing so, they made the matters worse, and the losers were the poor litigants.

Major BALDEV SINGH (retd), Ambala Cantt

Police reforms

Apropos the news report ‘SC notice to Centre, states on police reforms’ (March 11), this is not the first time that the Supreme Court has issued notices to the Centre and the states on the issue of implementation of its directions on police reforms. In the past, the Centre and most of the state governments either just ignored the SC’s directions or merely forwarded compliance reports that meant little change in ground reality. The fact is that most police stations in the country suffer from political interference, use of transfers and postings as a tool for thumbing down independent working, shortage of staff, abysmal working conditions, poor salaries, lack of empathy for those approaching the police stations with complaints, poor police- public relations, dilapidated and ill-furnished police station buildings, lack of elementary facilities like rest rooms and drinking water, absence of lock-ups and a host of other such problems. All development in the country will come to naught if the Centre and the states fail to maintain law and order because of a compromised, demoralized and corrupt police force.


VIP security issue

On the one hand, Congress leaders in Punjab are criticising the Punjab government for spending a lot of money on the security of VIPs, on the other hand, they have now started lambasting it because of the security cover to some of them has been withdrawn (editorial ‘Nuisance of VIP security’, March 12). Is it not a double talk? It is another matter that the Punjab government is not following an even-handed policy in this matter. The Congress leaders have every right to protest it. But their justification to have the privilege just because some Akali leaders or other people are continuing to have it is only self-serving. Two wrongs do not make a right.

HEMA, Langeri

Remembering Sahir

It was good to see the government introducing a stamp in honour of Sahir Ludhianvi, though the postal department itself is on the verge of extinction due to technological advancements. Sadly, the Punjab government has failed to allocate a site in his memory in Ludhiana. As far as I remember, not a single mushaira has been organized in his honour. A person who preferred to add “Ludhianavi” to his name and set a milestone for meaningful lyrics in the film industry, he was denied all respect that he deserved.

“Nazar karta hoon in fizaa’on ko, apni rooh, apna dil, apna kalaam; Mera naam jahan jahan pohanchega, saath pohanchega is dayaar ka naam.” He dedicated this couplet to Ludhiana. People may call him a champion of the woman rights, but it was courtesy Sahir that the name of lyrics writer was added in radio announcements, else it was all about movie, singer and music director.




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