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The shortage of submarines is alarming. India’s 50 per cent border is covered with sea water and needs state-of-the-art weapons but the sorry state of submarines doesn’t inspire confidence. (‘Navy goes down on subs’ by Ajay Banerjee; Sunday Tribune, March 16). Also, the existing ones are outdated and maintenance is impossible due to the non-availability of spares. The sailors maintaining these dangerous submarines with cannibalisation of defective spares deserve a salute. It is time the MoD takes responsibility and initiatives.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh Minha (retd), Mohali


The situation of the Navy is shocking. The on-sea life of a submarine is only 15 days. Regular checks and maintenance of submarines are necessary to save the lives of dedicated mariners. Regular engineers should be posted on a submarine so that there is no doubt regarding its health.

PN Gupta, Sangrur

Poll war

Apropos Raj Chengappa’s article (‘The old versus new in City Beautiful’; Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, March 16), with the Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party staking claim, the three-cornered contest for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat will be crucial and interesting. The winnability of the candidates would depend on their canvassing skills to woo the urban electorate having different expectations. The voters should exercise their franchise judiciously to ensure that governance is corruption free.

Navneet Sidhu, Chandigarh

AAP disappoints

The piece is a fair analysis of the rise and down slide of Kejriwal and his AAP (‘An accusation a day keeps the voter at bay?; Sunday Tribune, March 16). The people of Delhi had high hopes from Kejriwal, but now they feel cheated. AAP is proving to be even worse than conventional political outfits that were its target. With his tirade against the media, he has proved that he is a Frankenstein for the media because it created him. He is committing a political harakiri.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

Claims false

Reference to Harish Rawat’s interview ‘Will be ready for Char Dham yatra in time’ by Raj chengappa and SMA Kazmi (Sunday Tribune; March 16), Rawat claims that compensation has been paid to all those who lost their family members. This statement is factually wrong. My 10-year-old daughter Anandita and mother-in-law are still missing. I have been going from pillar to post but have got no documents declaring them dead, leave aside compensation. I have submitted documents to various authorities and completed every formality, but nothing has been done. There are many like me. Almost all locals of Uttarakhand and some VIPs have been given compensation and death certificates while others have been left out.

Ashutosh Sharma, Chandigarh

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