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Loot in schools

Schools are increasing tuition fees every year and charging heavy admission fees. In spite of the Supreme Court ruling, they are charging more than the MRP on books. They are looting the parents. Some schools are charging Rs 500 rent for a uniform. In addition, there are computer charges, plazma charges, medical and other fees. While the schools are looting, the parents and media seem to be sleeping. But now, some parents in Ludhiana have decided to demonstrate against the issue.

Inderpal Singh Chawla, Ludhiana

Ugly politics

Our freedom fighters dreamt of a corruption-free India and an egalitarian society. But, alas! Politics has taken an ugly turn. Scams, corruption, unemployment, rape and murders are the order of the day.

Drug addiction has taken the front seat in our society. In every five families, one youth is addicted. In some areas, the graph is higher. It is eating into our country’s vitals.

Politicians of various parties are chips of the same block. They are all amassing wealth. The rich are getting richer and the poor poorer. Let us try a new third front government.

Bansi Ram Rahul, Hoshiarpur

Tibetans’ woes

Many Tibetans are upset by the lack of appreciation of capable people from within the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and office of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. One example is the CTA’s surprise appointment of a person who has never worked his way up from within CTA offices as the new representative of the Dalai Lama at the office of Tibet in the USA. It has demoaralised many long-serving, dedicated and hard-working Tibetan government officials and others. It is difficult to get in the office of Dalai Lama. It is full of sycophants and shrewd characters. Why didn’t they employ a qualified Tibetan? In the interest of the Tibetan struggle and well-being, importance should be given to knowledgeable, honest and dedicated Tibetans. Otherwise, the CTA will lose credibility.

Tenz, Dicky, Topgyal & Lhamo, New Delhi

Divisive polls

It is sad that the people are being divided by the dirty game of politics and sandwiched between democracy and dictatorship, secularism and communalism. People should learn to respect each other’s opinions and have healthy debates without making personal attacks or humiliating anybody. Social websites are playing a big role in dividing people on the basis of political ideas. Abusing each other on such sites has become a new trend. This is spreading a dirty image of our nation in the world.


Curb govt poll-spend

The Supreme Court’s decision to set up a committee for formulating guidelines to stop the misuse of public money by the government through advertisements in the media for partisan ends is a welcome step. We all know that the state governments and the Centre splurge, especially near the elections, on publicising their achievements in newspapers and TV channels. This is a wastage of money for the political advantage of the powers-that-be.

SACHDI NANDA, Chandigarh

No such shooting event

The report “Ranking just a number to me: Heena” (April 22) quotes Heena as: “My coach has told me to participate in the 25 metre Air Pistol event.” There is no event as 25 metre air pistol in national/international shooting competitions as per the latest International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules. Air pistol and air rifle matches are fired from 10 metres only.

JS Dhillon, Chandigarh

Prisoners human too

The news that two inmates of the Patiala jail had died of asphyxiation while cleaning a sewer in the jail premises was hair-raising. The authorities should adequately compensate the next of kin of the deceased. A PIL highlighting the plight of inmates is befitting and called for. The inmates are no less human beings.

Amandeep Singh, Ottawa, (Canada)

Drive safe

I was disturbed and horrified by the sight of a dead dog lying in the middle of the road while returning home from school recently. People were just passing by. Some people drive vehicles like rockets, leading to accidents. Nothing is more precious than life. Value life and drive slow!

Deepanshi Dhamija, via email

Poll nuggets

Q: Which political party can win elections hands down in India?

Ans: One that says in its manifesto - ‘corruption for all’.

Q: Expand BJP.

Ans: Better Judge of Politics

Q: Is democracy all about voting?

Ans: No. It’s all about the country.

Q: What difference has AAP made in Indian politics?

Ans: The same that sauce makes to an omelette.

Q: What is common between Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi?

Ans: To speak against either in their respective parties is like arguing against the laws of gravity.

Q: Which term should be used where a Muslim crosses over to another political party?

Ans: Aya Rahim, Gaya Rahim

Q: Prove that the Congress is tilted towards Muslims and the BJP towards Hindus?

Ans: The Congress has its main headquarters on Akbar Road and the BJP on Ashoka Road

Q: Would a ‘jharoo’ be enough to clean the Indian politics?

Ans: No. A vacuum cleaner is required.

Q: What is Kejriwal’s saying that there is no Modi-wave like?

Ans: Like there are no bacteria.

Q: What distinguishes Arun Jaitely from Amarinder Singh and Badal Jr from Badal Sr?

Ans: The same that distinguishes ‘icecube’ from ‘fireball’ and ‘fire’ from ‘fire brigade’.

Q: Which song are Advani, Rajnath, Joshi, Jaitley and Sushma singing these day?

Ans: ‘Jo tum ko ho pasand, wahi baat karein gay….’

Q: What is Punjab and Haryana fighting over Chandigarh like?

Ans: Like two bald men fighting over a comb.

KJS Ahulwalia, Amritsar

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