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Chinese canít be trusted

China has time and again shown that it is not a country to be trusted. On the one hand, it is engaged in talks with India on Afghanistan and even proposing joint efforts to build up the war-torn nation, on the other, it is making repeated incursions into our territory. Recently, they sneaked 10 km into Indian territory in Ladakh and erected tents there.

China is not only supplying lethal weapons to Pakistan, but also transferring the critical nuclear technology to it so that India doesnít get time to take its eyes off its western neighbour. Pakistan, in return, has allowed entry of Chinese troops in Baltistan and Gilgit. China has been maintaining that it is their labour force that is helping Pakistan to construct roads in an inhospitable terrain.

This sounds illogical as Pakistan itself has a huge workforce available. Apart from this, Chinese are developing Gwadar port, which is close to the Pakistan-Iran border to have an easy access to Arabian Sea. In due course of time, they might construct an all-weather strategic road between Gwadar and Karakoram.

India, on its part, is developing Chahbahar port in Iran which will give it access to Centrial Asian countries and Afghanistan. However, this is not enough as China is bent upon encircling India and their next destination might be Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. To checkmate Beijingís designs, India must look to ASEAN countries --- Japan and Taiwan --- for trade activities, oil exploration and foster strategic ties with them.


Bhullar and politics

This is with reference to editorial ĎPolitics over Bhullarí (April 18). The issue of death penalty for Devinder Singh Bhullar has been put in right perspective by the paper. Efforts by family members, supporters and human rights activists in the country and abroad for the commutation of Bhullarís death sentence into life imprisonment are justified. However, the role of the Punjab Government headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is questionable both on legal as well as moral grounds. The Punjab CM in his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee has been saying that Bhullarís hanging would create a law and order trouble in Punjab. But is it a reason strong enough to defend a dreaded terrorist?

Badalís act may earn him some goodwill and support of a section of society, but it also clearly shows that he is appeasing convicted terrorists. The BJP has been for long batting for death sentence for terrorists. But to stay in power in Punjab, it keeps either silent or offers a muted response when its alliance partner SAD takes up terroristsí cause.


Tackling terror

Whether itís Boston or Bangalore, itís clear that no matter how much a country tries to foolproof its security system, terrorists manage to sneak in and disturb peace. However, the key difference between the two governments is kind of response given to the act of terror. No sooner did the Boston Marathon was targeted, US President Barack Obama made a public appearance and vowed to hunt down the perpetrators. Law and order authorities, including the FBI, launched a manhunt to nab the two suspects who were eventually traced and captured. While one succumbed to injuries, the other one is in the police custody. In stark contrast, the Indian security agencies have no clue about who executed the Bangalore attack, Fingers are being pointed at Indian Mujahideen, but there is no concrete evidence.

Interestingly, Bangalore has seen four terror strikes since 2005, the Boston attack was the first terror strike in the US after 9/11. Itís time that India introspects and comes out with strong measures so that innocent civilians in our country donít fall prey to the nefarious designs of those who want to spread terror in world.


Inspiring book

English philosopher Francis Bacon had said, ďSome books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digestedĒ. I truly feel that the book, ďThe test of my lifeĒ, by famous cricketer and a cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh is more than inspiring, motivating and offers great hope and determination to the patients who are suffering from the disease. The strongest point about the book is that it does not let oneís sprit down.

Albeit, recovering from cancer is a journey full of hard struggle and pain but when one finally recovers, it simply infuses a lot of confidence and courage in a patient. The experience of Yuvraj clearly shows that one should never lose hope and face adversity with a brave heart. After all, nothing is impossible if enthusiasm and will are added to it.

It is my appeal to all that they must go through this awe-inspiring and motivating book.


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Question paper row

Seemingly unnecessary allegations are being made against a paper-setter of Panjab University who reportedly has set the same question paper that he had set last year. A teacher reserves the right to seek answers from students to his questions. A paper-setter would be at fault only if he or she sets a question paper not as per the prescribed syllabus/style that students are supposed to study/follow during their period of study.

Saying that a paper-setter cannot repeat a paper or some questions, which are at times necessitated because of the limited choice given in the prescribed syllabus, is simply silly. It also means that students donít need to prepare for questions that have been already asked in the previous yearís examination. An examiner has full right to ask questions within syllabus irrespective of the fact that they have asked before. ††††

BALVINDER, Chandigarh



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