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Hawker to hacker

My elation knew no bounds when I read the story “Hawker to hacker-cracker, Haryana boy’s tech dreams soar high” (May 14). Virender, a 21-year old village lad from Pehowa of Haryana, has not only done his poor parents proud but also to the entire nation by developing an anti-hacking device of international standard. But my elation was short-lived and I became sad to know that despite getting through in the prestigious IIT entrance test, he could not join that institute because of financial constraints. It is an irony that even the Delhi police which has been taking this boy’s help in cyber crime detection, could not think of sponsoring his studies. It is painful to learn that we have no system in our country to promote such extraordinary talent. Finally, we are accustomed to taking refuge in the thought that those those who have the talent and passion, surge ahead despite hurdles. I wish many would take a leaf out of Virender's book of success, not because he has secured a very lucrative job offer, but because he has the drive to deserve that kind of reward.

Kiran Sharma, Sundernagar

Don’t waste foodgrains

The recent rains are going to damage the huge grain stock still lying in the open. Due to inadequate storage capacity and inefficient logistics, around 20-30 per cent of the total food grain harvest is wasted every year in our country. To increase the storage capacity, the government should explore and work out the model of community-based food storage management. By giving proper incentives, gurdwars, panchayat bhavans and godowns can be roped in for storing grain at the village level. It will certainly help strengthen the agricultural supply chain, ensuring food security and price stabilisation.

Dr Kirti Dua, Ludhiana

Clean Amritsar

The WHO has rated Amritsar as the dirtiest city of Punjab and the fourteenth dirtiest in the world. This indicates the carelessness of the government about the most sacred religious place of the Sikhs. Some reports indicate that the Punjab Government has decided to give a heritage look to the area, from Hall Bazaar to the Golden Temple, by spending about ~7 crore on this project. The present look of the area is a perfect picture of the old and real heritage of the city. Artificial and superficial changes would rather destroy its original look and, at the same time, entail wasteful expenditure and harassment of residents, traders and pilgrims. Earlier also, the construction of four gates at the cost of ~13 crore was announced as part of the development package for the city. What Amritsar requires at the moment is cleanliness, traffic control, and restoration of people's faith in the law and order machinery, and not superficial development in the garb of heritage preservation.

Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, Amritsar

Street justice

In the editorial “Street justice” (May 15), it has been rightly stated that the murderous attack on two lawyers of Amritsar involved in litigation with Joshi does add to Anil Joshi’s reputation of being a streetfighter. Joshi is a protégé of Navjot Sidhu, former MP of Amritsar. A commoner, he was given BJP ticket to contest as MLA at the behest of Sidhu. It is said that it was his volatile support, almost bordering on violence, for Sidhu that caught his mentor’s eye. In the presence of Joshi, no one could dare slight or belittle Sidhu.

But in politics, foes become friends and friends become foes. Joshi is facing criminal cases at the behest of two lawyers — Vaneet Mahajan and Sandeep Gorasi. Mahajan was brutally attacked by goons and Gorasi has been implicated in a criminal case on the basis of a report lodged by Joshi’s PA. The registration of false cases by the police at the behest of political bosses is common in Punjab. Both the Congress and Akali-BJP combine have been accused of using the police force for their benefit. Strict and exemplary punishment should be given to such police officials. The high court should intervene and make sure that the rule of the land prevails.

Arun Hastir, Babehali

New Army Chief

This refers to the report “Govt has its way, appoints General Suhag as Army Chief” (May 14). While General Suhag might be eligible to take over the reins because of his seniority, the urgency with which this appointment has been approved by the outgoing UPA government smacks of ulterior motives. This decision should have been left to the new government. Unfortunately, the UPA regime has been marked by corruption, sky-rocketing prices of essential commodities, innumerable scams and a steep fall in the standard of university and school education. There was no one to listen to or take care of the problems of the public. The authority of all major institutions has been eroded. It would be a hard task for the new regime to undo the harm done to well-established organisations, institutions, socio-cultural and educational aspects and to revive the economy.

Dr RK SHARMA, Faridabad

Coach ignored

Honouring the 1975 World Cup team and ignoring it’s coach Balbir Singh is like having a family function without the head. When there is any wedding or ceremony in the family, the head is always involved. It was a golden opportunity to honour the coach. Values are missing in sports. Earlier, people gave so much respect to teachers and coaches. We don’t have words to thank coach Balbir Singh for his dedication towards the team.

Opinder Kaur Sekhon, Chandigarh

Balanced hockey team

The national team for the upcoming Hockey World Cup is a balanced squad, as mentioned in the news report “Gurbaj returns for the World Cup” (May 15). It is a blend of youth and experience and the selectors have done well to name mid-fielder Sardar Singh as the captain and defender Gurbaj Singh as vice-captain. At the moment, five nations — Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and England — are playing better hockey than India. Indians will have to work hard. They must make full use of all chances of converting penalty corners and penalty strokes. They must make well-coordinated moves through better passes, good understanding of the movements of the ball and the strategy of the opponents. They must score as many goals as possible.

Iqbal Singh Saroya, Mohali



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