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Take peopleís opinion

Unruly behaviour, uproarious scenes, acrimony and indecent remarks have become the normal practice in Parliament. Recent fisticuffs and pepper-spraying in the House are a national shame and a blot on our democracy. All ethics and decency seem to have been thrown to the wind. Plebiscite or opinion of the affected citizens must be taken before the division of any state. It must not be left to the whims and fancies of a handful of MPs who want to acquire stardom and martyrdom by playing with regional sentiments.


Violence no solution

Issues of public importance should be resolved through rules and procedures in Parliament and the state legislatures rather than by violent means which are the weapons of cowards and novice. Pepper-spraying is unethical and unlawful. (ďPeppered OverĒ, February 15). Parliament is a forum for the elected representatives to put forward their viewpoints emphatically which can be debated with arguments. And ultimately, consensus should be arrived at through convincing arguments devoid of the policy of appeasement. While the ruling party should behave in an orderly manner and with maturity, the Opposition should play a constructive role and public interest must be supreme for both. Violence cannot resolve disputes.


Unruly MPs a shame

Can our parliamentarians fulfil the expectations of the citizens? The chaos and disturbance that they create in the Parliament House is disheartening and shocking. Being representatives of a country does not mean only to sit in a red beacon car or stay in a government bungalow. They should do justice to the trust that people have reposed in them and work as responsible and competent MPs.

Ayushi Sachdeva, Yamunanagar

HP awaits relief

Himachal Pradesh has lost nearly 28,000 acres to various hydel projects of the Bhakra-Beas Management Board. Thousands of families have been uprooted as a consequence. The state had had to move the Supreme Court to get compensation for the loss. However, the court order has not yet been implemented. The state is yet to receive its due share. Corrective steps should be taken so that HP gets its claim and tides over the fiscal crisis plaguing it.

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

Man in a hurry

Arvind Kejriwal was in too much of a hurry to eradicate the vices of our political system. He does not seem to believe that slow and steady wins the race. He failed to understand that one can be either an idealistic or a realistic. Kejriwal could not balance his idealism with the practical politics and thus failed. His drama of resignation will not help him to regain majority in the Delhi Assembly or win a considerable numbers of seats in the Lok Sabha in the coming elections. If an honest person like Kejriwal gets intoxicated with the ego of his honesty and ignores the viewpoints of others, he is likely to face failures in achieving his goals, however high or pious they may be.

Santosh Soni, Nagrota Bagwan

Edits back in middle!

It is heartening to see the Edit Page of The Tribune back in the middle of the paper. This place for the edits is as ancient as the paper for me since my Shimla days and for my elders since their Lahore days. Every time a newspaper juggles pages in this manner, the reader reacts. I was a bit disoriented to find important features yielding place to unimportant ones like the classified advertisements in the middle section. I have watched, at times with delight and at times with surprise, the changes brought in since the times of such learned editors as R. Madhwan Nair who displayed history behind every editorial and Prem Bhatia who changed itís iconic masthead (thank God it is back), and initiated front page editorials. The middle page is invariably the Editorís page in all newspapers, letting the reader go straightaway to it if he is interested in reading the editorials, main article, Thought for the Day and Letters to the Editor or the recently introduced Oped page. I wish The Tribune success in its ventures, with the request to not play with the routine of the readers, especially those of our age.

Col Mahesh Chadha, via email


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