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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
L E T T E R S    T O    T H E    E D I T O R

In the wrong line

Musharraf in the line of fire — as always” by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, April 21) exposes the misdemeanours of a military dictator masquerading as a maverick politician. He has harmed democratic aspirations of his countrymen and also of peace-loving people in the neighbourhood; bringing ignominy to the high office he held for nearly a decade. He created the Taliban, scuttled democracy and other vital institutions in Pakistan, fooled his friends and foes alike and stabbed India craftily in the back. Destiny has ordained him to stew in his own soup.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla

II

General Musharraf wanted to re-enter the turbulent politics of Pakistan, declaring he had come to save his country. An overconfident ex-commando misjudged his capabilities in the political arena. He has been trapped by his enemies in legal tangles. Even the Taliban is against him now. If he gets out of this mess, he should bid his political aspirations adieu.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Laudable effort

Undaunted by financial constraints and opposition from the politically connected drug and liquor mafia, tailor-turned-social reformer Murugan has given a practical shape to his vision (“A stitch in time... saves many an addict” by Aparna Banerji, April 21). For his missionary zeal, he deserves public recognition and generous monetary assistance from the government, NGOs and private individuals.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur



II

Murugan’s efforts are praiseworthy. He has proved that will and determination can overcome all odds. He deserves equal support from the locals and the administration to eradicate the drug menace in the area. Congratulations on this inspiring story. He is a role model.

Major Kamal, Pathankot

Water mess

Scarcity of water is a problem not only in India, but also abroad (“Unlimited thirst, limited supply” by Vibha Sharma, Sunday Tribune, April 21). The National Water Policy should be ratified by all states. Many inter-state disputes can be settled by adopting a Central policy. To monitor, regulate and carry out research, a national water regulatory body is needed. States are simply playing politics over water.

Harinder Mittal, Bathinda

Energy burst

Apropos “Burning twigs can’t secure energy needs of 1.2 b” (Sunday Tribune, April 21), demurrage has been a cause of oil pool deficit leading to an energy crisis in the country since 1974-75. However, this can be reduced to zero through effective governance. Insufficiencies and inequalities in the energy sector call for a proper pricing policy, besides accepting solar energy as a potential to reduce the demand and supply gap. This is required to ensure intra-generation and inter-generational equity in the country so all can prosper.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra





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