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Penny wise

Apropos the article, “Why Punjab hit rock bottom” by Ruchika M Khanna, the government is responsible for this mess. It must take strict measures like providing power subsidy to only small and medium farmers, checking tax evasions and cracking on sand mafia. Politicians and government officials must adopt austerity measures. There should be a ban on foreign tours and purchase of new vehicles. But the government is not keen to address the issue. It recently bought choppers worth crores.

Navneet Seth, Dhuri

Far from truth

Citing Indian Defence Minister’s flip-flop on the recent killing of five Indian jawans on the LoC as proof of India’s duplicity, Pakistan is far removed from reality. (The view from inside Pakistan” by Raj Chengappa; Ground Zero, September 8). Pakistan is at the crossroads and facing the consequences of its misdeeds. Its plan to destabilise India through terror has boomeranged, as is evident from the violence being perpetrated by terror groups in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif must tame the Pakistan army and bring to book the mastermind of Mumbai attacks if it is keen on peace talks. There is no point in having any dialogue till the Pakistan army functions as a second centre of power.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Bitter pill

Apropos of the article A case for pride and reform in medical education by Dr SK Sarin (Sunday Tribune, September 8), the fate of NEET is in danger following a split Supreme Court verdict. 

Medical education is undergoing commercialisation, leading to erosion of educational standards. Medical education which once was earned through merit can now be purchased easily. Most institutions have turned into corporate offices interested in profits rather than quality, producing substandard graduates and postgraduates. Solutions cannot be isolated from other social and economic problems plaguing our country.

Dr Vitull K, Bathinda

Teeming millions

Feeding the homeless is a noble cause (CNN hero and chef who feeds the hungry, Sunday Tribune, September 8), but it is not a remedy. Along with his noble mission, Narayanan Krishnan should spread the message of population control because the unbridled rise in population, especially in the poor strata of society, is compounding the problem. No NGO or government agency can succeed till the ever-increasing population is controlled.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

Sobha’s bride

Reference to the article “A bride to remember” (Spectrum, September 8), Sobha Singh’s art is not only special but also informative. The Kangra Bride is an immortal piece of work. It is as intriguing as the famous Mona Lisa. His work is a visual delight and sensual treat. The detailing in his paintings is amazing, be it Soni-Mahilwal or the shepherd lady, also known as Gaddi or Gaddan. The Kangra Bride depicts the Pahari style of art.

Anjali Sharma, New Delhi

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