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Kabaddi: Clear gender

Apropos the report on kabaddi players and their gender, when England kabaddi coach raises suspicion on three women players for their gender due to man-like behaviour, built and style of playing, if we are genuine, why do we panic? Most of the sports women being trained by male coaches behave like this. Kabaddi is mainly a muscle game, but feminism is a shadow of all women. Since the matches are being watched internationally, it will be fair to remove the doubts, if any, raised by anyone.

It’s also disheartening that the Sachins of the kabaddi of Kapurthala and many others are being ignored.

Dr S.P. Singh, Kapurthala

Unnecessary expenditure

The Punjab government has done too much unnecessary expenses on the Kabaddi World Cup. The event was just a promotion of the SAD party.

SAD should, instead, concentrate on the security of women. The state government has not announced any financial aid for the Ludhiana acid victim and the Ludhiana police is striving to collect donations for her treatment in Mumbai. The state does not have proper funds for schools. Instead of spending the crores on film stars, the government can use that money for the development of Punjab games by maintaining playgrounds of government schools. All government staff and pensioners are also not being paid their dues in time.

Jatinder Mahal, Jalandhar

Rail-link Himachal

Apropos the editorial “Udhampur to Katra” (November 29), the Railway Ministry deserves a pat for performing a major engineering feat. It was indeed a challenging job with many tunnels and bridges. Soon, Kashmir will be connected with the rest of the country by train and a single ticket will take us from Kashmir to Kanya Kumari. Rail link has a great economic significance, particularly in the hilly terrain.

I wish, dream and pray that a similar rail connection be established from Paonta Sahib to Chamba, connecting all the holy places of our devis and devtas in Himachal Pradesh. It will boost religious tourism. Financial viability should not be the only criterion. Socially and strategically it is a desirable step.

Dr L.K. Manuja, Nahan

Help ’84 riot victims

It is ironic that the Central government, that appropriately chose to remember the victims of the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008, and flays. Modi for his alleged involvement in the massacre of innocent Gujarati Muslims, does not show any concern or consideration for at least 3,000 innocent citizens who were brutally massacred on the streets of the capital, 23 years earlier, in 1984. Why double standards?

Could it be because the 1984 victims were Sikhs? Or the fact, that the victims had been raped, beaten, burnt alive and massacred by the supporters of the political regime?

Any Indian should be proud of the fact that within hours of the tragic occurrences in Mumbai, India's intelligence agencies provided a detailed and graphic account of what happened and who the culprits were.

It is reasonable to conclude that if the culprits of 1984 have not been publicly identified and brought to justice, it is not because of incompetence of the intelligence agencies.

The Constitution prescribes that the state shall not discriminate against any citizen. Although the Sikhs are a very small minority and unlikely to be able to make any electoral impact at the national level, the interests of humanity, integration and justice should prevail over divisive communal and political interests.

Sukhdev S. Aujla, Edmonton (Canada)

Support Khemka

It is the IAS officers’ duty to serve the public with honesty and not act to the tune of politicians. The editorial “Targeting Ashok Khemka” (December 7) rightly says that the country supported Durga Shakti, IAS officer, and why this honest officer was being harassed. It is painful that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is targeting Khemka and shielding corrupt ministers, HPSC Member. The IAS officers’ association must fight for Khemka. So should the UPSC.

O P Garg, Patiala



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