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Create Indian Education Service

R S Grewal has rightly emphasised the need for devising a regulatory mechanism to improve quality education (The Tribune, October 1). Education has become so complex and unmanageable at all levels that it fails to meet the aspirations and needs of the youth and society. Most of the blame is said to lie with service bureaucrats who lack the commitment and are incapacitated to address various problems in education. Many commissions, committees and the National Education Policy of 1986 have stressed the need for creating the Indian Education Service (IES), which can replace the IAS, enabling the regulatory system to be effective. The Government of India should consider creating the IES for regulating the education system at all levels. It will be more compatible to address various problems and bring out a sense of accountability and commitment, which is the need of the hour today.

S KUMAR, Panchkula

Third front

Every time when the elections are around, certain regional parties begin to strive for the third front. This time Mulayam Singh Yadav is talking about a third front after the general election. He seems to bank on the idea that neither the Congress nor the BJP would get a majority and some other party would lead the majority of MPs in the Lok Sabha.

The communists even talk of the fourth front. It now seems that the scenario will be somewhat like what happened during the regimes of VP Singh, Deve Gowda, IK Gujral and Chandra Shekhar. But the fact is that no one will be able to become the country's PM without the Congress support. In the present scenario, nobody is ready to be seen with the BJP, more precisely with Narendra Modi. Moreover, only time will tell which way the voters go.

M K SHARMA, Amritsar

Broken marriages

Your editorial "Broken marriages" raises doubts about the Bill's being historic piece of legislation as claims Kapil Sibal. Yes, in a way it is so, but in negative terms, as it would create more bitterness in families and society. If separated by divorce or mutual consent, a woman would get a share in husband's immovable property and may start living beside her in-laws. That would be an eye sore and this arrangement would prove to be torturous for both parties. What kind of thinking and consideration weighs with the government and legislators? One fails to appreciate. They should not create more mess in society. Their effort should be to educate both girls and boys in educational institutions about the sanctity of marriage, rather than create holes.

It is not always that women are un-erring and are made to suffer by husbands. It is vice-versa also in a majority of cases. In most cases false charges are levelled against the husband and in-laws, who are harassed and put behind bars for no wrong. It is not known if such eventualities have been kept in view while drafting the Bill and getting it passed by the Rajya Sabha.

SC DOHROO, Palampur (HP)

Poor rail facilities

When Pawan Bansal was the Railways Minister, he introduced trains to benefit North India, which had remained neglected for decades. Many trains have been put on track covering Punjab, but the weekly train 14501/14502 Bathinda-Jammu Tawi via Dhuri, Patiala, is not at all in the news.

Patiala is an important city of Punjab with a 'heritage' tag. A lot of migratory labour is working in the city, but train services are lacking. There is no train for the East, South or any important religious place. Even for going to Katra travellers have to go to other stations. However, the above train needs to be put on the track immediately.

OP GARG, Patiala

Diminishing air power

The editorial 'IAF blues' (October 8) gives a disturbing picture of the state of affairs of the Indian Air Force in its present form. Though it came up as the Royal Indian Air Force in 1932 with limited resources, yet it became a powerful IAF after Independence. It successfully fought the 1965 war with Pakistan. In 1971 again, it gave a brilliant performance during the liberation of Bangladesh. During the 1962 Indo-China war, its fighters like the British Hunters and French Mysteirs (Toofani) were kept out of action due to political hurdles.

Now, even the Russian MiGs, the advanced supersonic fighters, have outlived their age. We do not have reliable fighter aircraft for our IAF. The latest C-17 and C-130J US made transport aircraft are good possessions of the IAF. The old Russian IL 76 and AN 32s have already faded.


RTI letdown

I fully agree with the news 'RTI Act failed to serve its purpose: Activists' (October 8). I had sought information from the Directorate of Higher Education, Panchkula, regarding the seniority list in one of the colleges in Haryana, but even after 75 days, the department concerned has failed to reply to my request. It is as if they are saying "How dare you seek information from us? We will show you who we are." It was rightly said that even the FAA is corroborative and State Information Commissioners are doing "extended government service".

DR S K VERMA, Ambala Cantt

Of kites and girls

Apropos of C J Singh's middle 'The runaway kite' (October 4), I am reminded of a few touching words by Kahlil Gibran: "Your children are not your children.

They are sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you."

Being a mother of a seven-year-old daughter, I can very well relate to the write-up, wherein the writer has so deftly carved a subtle comparison between a kite and a growing girl. Girls are pious and delicate angels. They enliven the homes they are in. My daughter is my prayer answered. We tend to be overprotective about our daughters, particularly because we fear the corrupt and unhealthy environment of our society. But as parents we do have a rigorous responsibility to strengthen the roots of our daughters so that their flight is unhindered and unshackled.




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