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Talk of policies, not stings

Political parties, in the run-up to the Assembly and parliamentary elections, appear to be more eager in maligning the reputation of one another by indulging in the game of "exposures", instead of highlighting their respective programmes and policies. The people are more interested in knowing which party has the capability to provide good governance with zero tolerance for corruption, non-performance etc and not in "sting operations" being conducted by the parties.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Stooping for votes

This is with reference to the editorial, "Felicitating the tainted" (November 23). By felicitating the tainted people, both the SP and BJP have sent a wrong message to the nation. It depicts how some politicians stoop so low in order to grasp votes. They have failed to identify what is good and what is bad. The other political party, the Congress, is also playing an irresponsible role as it is sitting on the Bill that puts the legal responsibility of preventing riots on the states. In this scenario, it can be rightly said that no political party or politician is a true sympathiser of the riot victims.


Heroes’ names sullied

Apropos the news article "Cong counters Patel statue with Ambedkar memorial" (November 21), Sardar Patel and Dr Ambedkar were top leaders of the pre- and post-independent India. The one-upmanship in the name and legacy of the leaders by political parties is in bad taste. Let us not sully the names of our national heroes. Ironically, Sardar Patel was a Congressman and Dr Ambedkar wasn't.

Sunny Madhar, Patiala

Generalisation wrong

The remarks of Arvind Kejriwal that he was a commissioner in the Indian Revenue Service and could have earned crores where even inspectors earn such amount/s, but he left the job to bring about positive change in the Indian society and polity have invited an appropriate retort from the elite IRS Association.

It has revealed that Kejriwal was not a commissioner in the department, but a joint commissioner. Secondly, there may be some dishonest persons in the department, but not all are corrupt. The association should file a criminal complaint for defamation. Ethics in politics and public life have become almost extinct.

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Amritsar

Build more grain stores

There is a hue and cry over the food shortage in India from time to time. No doubt, we need to cut down on wastage. The problem of precious foodgrains lying in the open at the mercy of the vagaries of nature and rats and other rodents, needs to be addressed.

With some simple innovations, we can cut down the losses. There are so many flyovers in the cities and highways. The spaces under them are either unused or misused by miscreants. These under spaces can be modified and designed to be used as foodgrain stores with very little additional effort and cost.

Dr Arun Khera, Pathankot

Pension for them, too

It is regrettable that the pensioners of aided schools of Punjab are deprived of old age pension. In this age of spiralling prices and denial of medical facility, these pensioners have to face manifold difficulties in the evening of their life.

The Government of Punjab should give old age pension to the pensioners of aided schools.

T D Bhardwaj, Phagwara

Widen village roads

Narrow link roads in rural areas present many difficulties to the public. The number of vehicles in villages is increasing and when two vehicles have to cross each other, it becomes difficult. More so, if one of these is a tractor-trailer. Narrow roads are one of the causes of accidents, too. The government should acquire at least eight feet land on each side of all roads in Punjab and broaden them.

Manjit Singh Gill, Batala


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