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Jallianwala massacre: A barbaric act

The Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the most barbaric and monstrous act which was a result of high handedness of Reginald Dyre, the then Brigadier General of the British Army. He was adequately punished by lowering his rank to that of a Colonel at the time of his retirement.

The tyrant and perpetrator of genocide on the day of Baisakhi in 1919 was also denunciated by the then Secretary of State for India Edvin Montagu in the House of Commons. Even the then Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill termed his dastardly act as ‘manslaughter and murder’. GS Aujla in his OPED article — Jallianwala Bagh and the doctrine of terrorism (April 12) — has done a commendable job by bringing out these facts before the Indian public. Though Dyer got support in the House of Commons, his death within eight years of his crime is testimony to his guilt, under the weight of which he ultimately died. British Prime Minister David Cameron recently expressed remorse over the massacre, but stopped short of an apology.

Cameron should consider declaring the then Lt Governor of Punjab Michael O’Dwyer who approved the action of Dyer as ‘correct’,  a perpetrator of crime to assuage the hurt feelings of Indians. It’s better late, than never. The new generation can always rectify the wrong done by the older generation.

 DR PURAN SINGH, Chandigarh

Shameful incident

The ‘Deplorable treatment’ (April 12) clearly shows that mere manning of police stations by fairer sex cannot prevent victimisation of rape survivors.

Recently, a 10-year-old rape survivor was detained at an all-women police station in Bulandshahr in UP. The girl had gone to the police station to register her complaint against her tormenters, all upper-caste men. The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and issued a notice to the state government.

Instead of treating the Dalits as mere vote banks or playing to the gallery by deploying women personnel at police stations to stop gender crimes, the authorities concerned should try to inculcate traits of neutrality, accountability, responsibility and humanity in its personnel. Also, the Dalits should be merged with the mainstream. If no immediate preventive steps are taken, the downtrodden section of society would continue to suffer.


JD (U) stand

This refers to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's veiled attack on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi during his speech at the National Executive meeting of the Janata Dal (United) in New Delhi. Kumar, in his 40-minute speech, attacked Modi for “showing neglect and biased approach towards minorities.” Though Nitish spoke with logical facts and showed his concern towards development, his words lose credibility as he is running government in Bihar with support of the BJP. Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar has been criticised for many wrongdoings. No one can forget the “terrorising act” of BJP legislator Ashok Agarwal and his henchmen at Bhajanpura in Araria district where four villagers were killed and nine injured. The victims are still awaiting justice.

The local police recently isssued arrest warrants against 50 villagers. Kumar was criticised by the Opposition and human right groups for his alleged biased approach towards the BJP legislator who was having close links with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. If Kumar and his party is really concerned about minorities, he must part way from the BJP in Bihar. Till then, indirect attacks on Modi seem nothing but a farce.


Exam dates clash

The sudden adjournment of the date of Combine Graduate Level Examination for 2013 to be organised by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for recruiting employees in different government departments has left the candidates a harried lot. Originally, the examination was scheduled to be held on April 14 and April 21. But due to holiday on April 14 (birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar), the SSC has postponed the April 14 examination to April 28. However, the date clashes with the examination for the recruitment of Probationary Officers in the State Bank of India. The candidates, who wanted to appear in both examinations, are now in a fix. The authorities should have taken into account the holiday factor while finalising the examination schedule.


Bengal on the boil

The editorial Vendetta politics: Spare universities, at least’ (April 13) depicts the criminalisation of educational institutions in the country. The reason for this ugly trend is politics. The recent attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Finance Minister by CPM activists in Delhi was a shameful act. However, Mamata invited trouble for herself by not condemning the death of SFI student leader Sudipto Guha. Later, she desisted from taking any action against guilty Trinamool Congress workers who were responsible for violence at Presidency College. Mamata Banerjee, who was elected by the people of the state as their ‘Poribortan Didi’, has only disappointed them. Ever since she took over as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, she has been using force to crush the aspirations of the common man. Goons belonging to her party are ruling the roost. No action is being taken against them. The poor, however, are being targeted. If Mamata really wants to rule the state for a longer period, she should act in a responsible manner. Otherwise, her days in politics are numbered. 

RK KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Curb ragging

This is with reference to your edit ‘Prevent ragging (April 10). Ragging is a real menace which has assumed alarming proportions in educational institutions. Lax laws are only compounding the problem. Had the laws been stringent and effective, nobody would have even thought of committing the crime in colleges and universities.

The government needs to set up fast-track courts to punish those guilty of ragging, which causes severe mental and physical trauma to young students. There have been many cases where ragging victims have ended their lives after being unable to bear the humiliation. An effective framework of laws and their implementation can only curb this cruel practice.




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