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From milk to drugs

The Punjab government has announced many incentives for the liquor industry and its consumers on the pretext of generating more revenue. The government recently reduced the sin tax from 55% to 22%. It’s a pity that a state which is world famous for its milk and curd is now becoming notorious for consumption of all types of nasha and drugs. It is time to raise a unanimous voice against this to save our present and coming generations.

Sanjay Joshi, Amritsar

Pesticide deaths

This refers to the shocking story headlined “Punjab pesticide poisoning victims await justice” (February 19). It is a pity that many young lives in Punjab are being lost due to the spraying of pesticides in fields without anyone being held responsible for the act. The state government and the high court should come forward to rescue the farm workers. The guilty must be identified and punished so that no one dies such a death. It is a shame that the workers who toil hard in the fields at risk to their lives to feed the nation are going unnoticed.

RK Kapoor, Faridabad

Stop poll rallies

Every party is attempting to woo the voter with various promises and magical wands to the problems confronting the nation. Every trick in the trade is being tried by the politicians — from changing colours like a chameleon to the roar of lions, the gimmicks of monkeys and the laborious and arduous hard work of donkeys — just to be in the limelight and finally be settled in the eyes of the voters. Would the money being spent by the parties on rallies be accounted for when they submit their expenditure details to the Election Commission?

Political rallies should be banned. Persons in power should reach the public through their deeds. Those from the Opposition benches should project their opinion on various issues through the media. The debates and discussions in Parliament should be telecast to project all points of view.

Befooling voters with hollow promises, caste affiliations and mudslinging should be stopped immediately.

I pity the bent of mind of today’s politicians and the lust to grab power dwelling in their hearts and souls. Instead of talking about development schemes, they seem to be engaged in slugfest and negative politics.


End delay in mercy pleas

The Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment of murderers of Rajiv Gandhi on the basis of a delay in the decision on their mercy appeal by the President. The murderers of a Prime Minister have been spared the noose and they may further go scot free if the plea of the Tamil Nadu government is accepted. All this has set a bad precedent.

It will be in the fitness of things if Pratibha Patil, former President, is questioned for the delay in taking a decision on the mercy appeal of the convicts. Simultaneously, action should be taken against the errant officials of the President’s Secretariat and Ministry of Home Affairs so that it may set an example for others. After all, in a democratic set-up, no one can claim impunity for their lapses/misdeeds.

GD Gupta, Jagadhri

Whatsapp, really?

Reference “Whatsapp, really” (February 24), the buyout of Whatsapp by Facebook at an astronomical sum of $19 billion underscores the phenomenal rise and acceleration of innovative IT. Facebook would still be uncertain as to how to carry this acquisition forward or the level to which Whatsapp may take it before another app comes up or messaging itself gets turned on its head. The world of IT operates in an abstract plane where evaluations have no collateral like fixed assets or securities to guide estimates. Given this, the buyout could appear highly speculative. IT acquisitions, being more on stocks and less in cash, only deepen the mystic valuations.

A major bubble burst in this translucent region of IT, which is highly probable any time, would expose the conventional sectors to disproportionate negative repercussions.

R NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad

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