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Arms are Rajputs’ pride

Almost every Rajput home has licensed weapons, which are passed on from one generation to another. They are rarely sold or disposed of because they are symbols of prestige and assets of the ancestors. They are worshipped by the families on Dasehra.

However during election time, the government directs that they be deposited in police stations. For the Rajputs, it is like putting their ‘god’ in police custody, which is an attack on their religious sentiment and freedom. The weapons of only persons who have criminal record or are involved in unlawful activities should be put in police custody.

Dr K.V. Singh, Nahan

FDI in retail

Arun Jaitley has said that FDI in retail would ruin the retail sector. The BJP candidate from Amritsar is not aware that the Amritsar-based Best Price Shop and Metro are already in the retail business though they claim that they are doing wholesale trade. A cardholder of these stores can buy anything, even though he has business only in one line, be it shoes, garments, electronic etc. He can buy anything in single units, too, from the stores. The only clause is that the total billing amount should be a minimum of ~1,000.

Naresh Johar, Amritsar

You must vote

It’s incumbent upon each one of us to exercise our right to vote and we should vote for the best candidate. By not voting, we indirectly help in the election of an undeserving candidate. The option of NOTA (None Of The Above) can be used if no candidates finds the favour of the voter. The use of NOTA may send a strong signal to the political parties to take note of their representatives.

S.K.Gupta, Panchkula

Be the change

The saying “Be the change that you want to see in society” is well suited in the election scenario. We must be aware of our voting right and the importance of our vote. One vote can make a difference, the difference or change you wish to see in society. It is important for us to rise above the considerations of caste, creed, region and language. Vote for the candidate that makes you feel proud.

Gurdeep Kaur Grewal, Ludhiana

MP = Money Provider

The shameful pictures of people collecting crates of whiskey on chits and currency notes issued by politicians from the liquor shops shows the true picture of democracy. The authorities must investigate the matter and recommend harsh action against the candidate/s. The high court should take notice of it and cleanse the polling system. It shows that only the capsule M works to elect the MP (Money Provider/Member of Parliament)

Wg Cdr Jasbir S Minhas (retd), Mohali

Educated leaders needed

Why does every politician become so affluent? I think we need to elect educated leaders if we want our country to develop.

Neha Bajwa, Karnal

Crorepatis for poor?

Going by their assets, none of the candidates in fray seems to be less than a crorepati. When only rich people sit in august Houses, they will work only for the rich and not the poor or pennyless people. Subsidies, concessions, relaxations and free food given to the poor are not the real remedies. The poor people must be equipped in a way that they can meet their demands with their own earnings and not depend on charities. But the rich do not empathise with the true position of the poor in India.

Dalip Singh Wasan, Patiala

Poor bus service

At present, there is only one direct mini bus from Sainik Colony, Jammu, which goes to Ambphalla, via Kunjwani, Digiana, Satwari, Tawi Bridge, BC Road etc. But it does not touch, the railway station, bus stand, medical college, courts or the Parade Ground, which are the most frequented places. It is a great inconvenience to the passengers in need of visiting these important places.

Hope this requirement of the people will be given due importance by the government.

J M Behl, Jammu

Check eco threat

The article “Climate: A Bleak Picture of War and Famine” highlights the grave threat posed to environment by global warming over the past few decades. Nobody is coming up with a solution to reducing the damage. People living in elite colonies waste gallons of precious water on washing their vehicles and other activities.

During power cuts, they aggravate the problem by running smoke-spewing power generators despite the latter being banned. It is high time that people wake up to the situation and curb such tendencies.

Anjleen Kanwar, Jalandhar

Peaceful world needed

This refers to the editorial “Seeking nuclear restraint” (April 5). Indeed, India’s nuclear weapon arsenal is not designed for aggressive purposes but to act as a deterrent in a hostile environment, especially with neighbours like China and Pakistan. Despite the global talk on nuclear disarmament, nothing has happened. As a matter of fact, there has been a proliferation of such weapons across the globe. Ways to pave the way for a peaceful, destruction-free world need to be found.

Amritpal Singh, New Delhi

Whistleblowers’ Bill

Although it has been more than one and a half months since the long-awaited Whistleblowers’ Bill was passed by Parliament, it is yet to receive the assent of the President for it to assume the shape of an Act.

In the last few years, the country has witnessed murders of such whistleblowers as Yashwant Sonawane, additional collector of Maharashtra (2011), IIT-graduate NHAI project director Satyendra Dubey (2003) and IIM-educated marketing manager of IOC Shanmughan Manjunath (2005) allegedly at the hands of different mafias.




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