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Will Modi charisma work for BJP?

With the BJP nominating Narendra Modi as chairman of its election campaign committee, countrymen have started seeing him as a prospective Prime Minister. There is no denying the fact that at this juncture the country needs a strong man like him to lead the country.

A preliminary survey shows that with Modi at the helm of affairs might tilt the balance in favour of the BJP in the coming general elections, but, at the same time, there is a belief that the BJP might fall short of some seats to form the government on its own. There is every likelihood of an amalgam governing the country. In these circumstances, will Modi be successful in carrying the flock along and still implement his vision of development as Prime Minister?


Check acid attacks

This refers to the article on OPED ‘Acid attacks and the rhetoric of love’ (June 5) by Sudha Arora. The incident of acid attack and later death of a promising young Delhi girl in Mumbai and her dying account was quite painful. It should not happen with other girls. A young promising career has been cut short by the barbarous act of a fanatic.

The author has raised a very pertinent question about the safety of women, especially minor and young girls. Why cannot we ensure their safety in our society? How long will they be subjected to acid attacks, rapes, molestations, abductions, domestic violence and dowry deaths. The whole society, including commoners, political leaders, the police, bureaucrats and the ineffective and delayed judicial system are all equally responsible for her plight. Only life imprisonment or the death penalty can deter such crimes. The sale of acid should also be banned.

DR PURAN SINGH, Chandigarh

School days’ nostalgia

With reference to Ramesh Luthra’s middle ‘Hiding garbage’ (May 28), I wish to share my experiences of the days of primary school before 1947. At that time, school inspectors were Britishers. Students called them babus (assistant directors of schools). Generally, they inspected schools in the winter. At that time there was no road, no electricity and no piped water. The inspector walked around 10 km from the lower middle school at Jangal Beri to the primary school, Kakkar, Hamirpur. He never reached before 4 pm or so. He would give some sums to solve or words to write. Then sweets were distributed among the students. He stayed in the school for the night. Teachers’ career depended on the result of inspection.


Right step

Aruna Roy has rightly exited from the National Advisory Council (NAC), as no Congress stalwart was listening to her. She is considered to favour the poor. If the government will not listen to such an honest officer, then how could India make progress? The MGNREGA scheme must be overhauled by forming a competent committee appointed by the opposition parties. However, the NAC is a non-constitutional body, though it requires substantial help from some national parties. Serving the poor means serving God.


Child in man

This refers to the middle ‘Uncle’s unclear surprise trappings’ (June 1) by Rajbir Deswal. The write-up was full of sweet memories of childhood. It is true that the child is hidden in every grown-up person. Howsoever hard an elderly person may try to act like a mature man all the time, the child in him comes alive now and then. It is indeed a very sweet moment in one’s life. I am reminded of a beautiful verse from Munawar Rana: “Sochta hoon phir se farishta ho jaon, Maa se aise liptoon ki baccha ho jaon.”

MS TANDAN, Ambala Cantt

Race for hand pumps in Himachal

There is a rat race to secure a large number of hand pumps by every legislator in his/her constituency in Himachal Pradesh as it is evident from the news item ‘100 hand pumps sanctioned for Bilaspur’ (June 1).

But there is a flip side of this hand pump story. There are approximately 30,000 hand pumps installed in the state. On an average, each hand pump costs Rs 2 lakh to the government. But about 15 per cent of these hand pumps are lying defunct due to the selection of the wrong site, poor maintenance and drying of the source. One fails to understand why most of the legislators fail to carry out maintenance of these pumps so that their longevity can be increased.

The HP Government has spent a staggering amount on installing these 30,000 hand pumps. Technically, it would be appropriate to install a deep-bore tubewell at a geologically feasible location instead of installing 50 hand pumps. A single such tubewell with a low discharge of 10 lps can serve a catchment area of 50 to 60 hand pumps. This would save money and ensure the drinking water supply as well.

ENGR LR SHARMA (RETD), Sundernagar



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