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Drug terrorism

The drug mafia in Punjab making money by ruining the youth and families is a heinous crime. It appears the terrorism in Punjab has now come in the form of ‘drug terrorism’. Let the Modi government be urgently seized of this form of terrorism and it must monitor the Punjab police to tackle the issue. How do drugs reach the jails and trade is operated from inside by the prisoners too? Let the politicians be held accountable. People have little faith in the Punjab police in the matter.

Brij Bhushan Goyal, Ludhiana

Give jobs, not drugs

This has reference to “Son named in drug probe, Punjab minister quits” (May 23). Drugs worth hundreds of crores of rupees have been confiscated by the police and BSF in Punjab in the recent past. This is the tip of the ice-berg. There is a huge profit in this trade. How much money politicians, mafia and law-enforcing agencies are making is anybody’s guess. The mafia controls the government. No effort by the government is made to create jobs for the youth who are, as a result, forced to take to drugs. The retirement age of government employees is being increased to 60. This shows that the government is least interested in the future of the unemployed youth.

Major Narinder Singh, Mohali

End drug menace

Following the poor show by the SAD-BJP coalition in the Lok Sabha elections, the Punjab Government should now wake up and derail the drug trade flourishing in the state. The people have condemned the prevalence of drugs in the state. During the 1980s, the days of terrorism in Punjab, the police killed several people in fake encounters. Drug terror prevails today. However, instead of taking action against bureaucrats and politicians involved in the drug trade, the government is arresting some drug addicts and innocent people. When will the behind-the-scene criminals be caught?

Gurpreet Singh, Shahkot (Jalandhar)

Employ youth

Unemployment is one of the critical issues in the country, especially in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal that have lakhs of unemployed youth, including many engineering students Most of them are need of jobs.

They have to knock at the door of consultancies, where they are charged highly for an interview. Some fake consultancies take undue advantage of them. Now with the Modi government in place, there is new hope.

Priya Darshani Sharma, via email

Unemployable employed

One of the ills facing our country is the curse of too many persons in public employment who are unemployable. The selection of such people is plagued by intrinsic corruption, nepotism and favoritism in the system. It is necessary for the new government to make efforts to eradicate this practice. The unemployable are a drain on the resources of the nation and a source of despondency for the truly employable who are fast losing faith.

GS ANAND, Chandigarh

Scary mobocracy

When I was in class V, my father aspired that I become a doctor. On the way to our native place Bathinda, he would show me the Medical College, Patiala, which he wanted me to join. With the blessings of my parents and the Almighty’s will, I graduated from that college. Today I’m in his shoes, aspiring for my son to be a doctor from a good medical college.

Recently, I read about the incident of a mob vandalising a doctor’s clinic and setting his house ablaze in Mansa. What do the people think they will get by doing so? They want instant justice for a so-called negligence by the doctor. Little do they know about the human body and even lesser about the intricacies of treating a patient.

The administration, the police and political leaders, all in their effort to appease the mob, the numbers, do nothing to protect the doctor, his family and property. By doing so, they encourage rowdiness in society.

I’m scared and disturbed. Do I want another doctor in my family to go through all this? Should I encourage him to leave the country and practice medicine in some foreign land?

Dr Ajay Gupta, Bathinda

Ferozepur train

The holiday special train running between Ferozepur and Chandigarh with stoppages at Moga and Ludhiana is running to its capacity as the people prefer to commute by trains in comparison with the tiring and costly bus journeys. This train should made a permanent service and have a stoppage at Mohali too.


Brakes on Ambassador

Sadly, the Ambassador car, the nation’s staple carrier since the 1950s, is finally stabled. It ruled the roads for many decades.

Under the bonnet ,the simple layout was mechanic friendly and even an enthusiastic owner was induced to attend to minor snags with delight and aplomb. Its spares were available even in roadside repair shops of any village and that gave added reassurance of a trusted friend, during long journeys .Maruti 800, its equally illustrious technological successor was discontinued even earlier.

An entire generation of owners with spanner/ screwdriver wielding skills is lost as today’s youngsters may not even recognise these  simple tools.

R NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad

April metaphors

DC Sharma, in his write-up “Men are April when they woo” (April 28) does not appear to be at home while foraging for compatible metaphors in praise of April. The couplets of Thomas Crew and Shakespeare seem prosaic and listless in describing the real spirit of the month. In this context, read what Karen Chappel says:

“April showers bring May flowers,

This is what they say.

If all the flowers turn to flowers,

we’d have quite a colourful day.”

And Sandra Phillips says: “It is the season for reflection/ Renewal, rebirth, rejuvenation/ Lord, you are the reason for the season.”

And there is much more in this month. The boisterous month wouldn’t open up without making us all April fools!

Our own Kalidas is enough to describe the Rituraaj Basant, of which the month of April is a part!

Er L R Sharma, Sundernagar



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