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Telangana: Not a practical solution

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is playing the politics of divide and rule by accepting Telangana as a separate state. It is not a practical solution to the Telangana problem. Yes, in circumstances where economic development is a consideration, the creation of a new state is acceptable.

Before Independence, there were a good number of small states. With much efforts, Sardar Patel gave us a united India, which was good for the states too. The more the number of states, the greater the political and other problems for the Centre. The nation's unity has been jeopardised.


The domino effect

The 29th state of Telangana has been declared, a decision which may be liked and criticised by many people. The decision will embolden other states to put similar demands before the Centre. The BJP has failed to raise objections to check the bifurcation. The decision will weaken the Congress and give ample political gains to the Opposition. What is more painful is that nobody bothered about the interests of the common man before taking the plunge.

K K CHAWLA , Kurukshetra

A calculated risk

The calculated plunge taken by the Central Government is gratifying. Some 3.52 crore people living in Telangana have conclusively got their separate identity after a struggle of five decades. In 1956, it was merged with Andhra Pradesh.

The capital city of Hyderabad, one of the fastest growing cities in the world and a hub of more than renowned 750 IT industries, will help develop the new state. It will prove to be a big relief for sections of society, the overall development of whom can now be a reality. Over the decades, they have been deprived of education, industrial development and employment opportunities. One hopes that now the Maoist menace will not surface here.


Reforms needed

The suspension of a young IAS officer in UP has raised doubts over the functioning of the political system. With each passing day the tribe of honest officers in our Central services is getting extinct. The way UP IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has been humiliated on the dictates of political masters is really unfortunate. The suspension of an honest officer does not bode well for the smooth and corruption-free functioning of government institutions. Therefore, the long-awaited issue of electoral and administrative reforms should be addressed on priority.

RISHI GOEL, Kurukshetra

Unjustified suspension

It is not only the politicians who are solely responsible for hounding honest officers like Durga Nagpal, but also some belonging to the IAS fraternity and civil servants belonging to the state administrative services across the country. Some of these are hand in glove with politicians for their vested interests like plum postings. A few honest, law-abiding officers are obstacles in their way and so are demoralised in every possible manner. What is the Central IAS officers association doing? Given the plight of an IAS officer, one can well imagine what other officers, below the IAS level, have to face.

V KAUL, via email

Uncouth comments

The outrageous "tunch maal" comment by Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh against his own party's MP Meenakshi Natarajan was in bad taste. The uncouth comment came close on the heels of Narendra Modi's "puppy" comment that raised much heat and dust across the country. This was followed by a deluge of comments pouring in, one after the other. When will we learn to conduct ourselves with dignity? The political parties must ask their 'wayward' leaders to exercise greater restrain while using double-meaning words in public. Let us not abuse the freedom of speech.



Recently a 23-year-old Chinese woman was electrocuted while talking on her iphone-5 when it was plugged in. There are potential risks of high-voltage shock and electrocution if there is a current leak with the charger or the computer where the phone may have been plugged in for charging. Mobile users should not operate or talk on their phones while the device is plugged in to be on one's safe side.


Dismal education

All educational programmes - be it Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan or Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha - have failed to achieve 50 per cent success in their missions across the country. Recently, most teaching aspirants had failed in the Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test conducted by the Haryana Board of School Education. Only 1.44 per cent candidates could clear the Level-2 eligibility test meant for graduate teachers. And the pass percentages of Level-1 primary teachers and Level-3 post-graduates were a poor 9.6 per cent and 2.7 per cent, respectively.

The other day, a daily carried a news item relating to the performance of students of government schools. It revealed that students of Class V cannot read books meant for Class II. About 70 per cent students of Class III are not able to read the books meant for Class I. We have failed to improve the education scenario in India.


Tourists create nuisance

Generally, tourists from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi create a nuisance like overtaking at blind curves and speeding in the market areas. The stretch from Sundernagar to Mandi is a busy market area. The noise, speed and volume of traffic not only disturb the tranquility of the area, but also pose a danger to local people. Every year, the Mandi (Chhoti Kashi) and Manali areas witness a heavy rush of vehicles and visitors who hardly care for the lush green slopes and cleanliness.

The government must regulate the flow of tourists, particularly in the tourist season, as the state is already facing environmental degradation. And the problem can go out of hand if the government does not take it seriously.

D R SHARMA, Mandi 



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