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Governors’ removal

This is with reference to the news regarding the five governors appointed by the UPA government refusing to resign. The post of Governor is not based on the merit of elections. It is filled to adjust those politicians who either get defeated in the elections or ministers who have resigned on certain grounds due to certain mishaps in their respective ministries or to rehabilitate ailing politicians.

As per the ethics of democratic governance, governors appointed by the government defeated in the election must go with the government of their party. Continuing on the post is unwarranted, illogical and uncalled for. It is better to go with grace than with disgrace.

The time has come to end this controversy and governors must be elected. The post must not be treated as a reward to non-performing or inefficient politicians and sycophant bureaucrats.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

Reforming the police

The police departments in various states are understaffed, poorly trained, underfunded, underpaid and under-cared and as such, they are a demoralised lot and allegedly corrupt. They need to be given better tools of operation to live up to the expectations of the people.

With over three crore cases pending in courts and the delayed and expensive justice delivery system, the criminal and civil justice system needs to be overhauled. Policing is a state subject, but the states can hardly implement any reforms without the Centre's support.

RJ Khurana, via email

Travel sops for disabled

Apropos “NGO seeks free bus travel for the disabled” (June 9) , persons with disabilities have to travel for some work or for getting treatment/check-up for their disabilities. They have to travel frequently to get their hearing aids, calipers etc serviced/checked/repaired. While permanent disabilities cannot be reversed, providing liberal travel concessions to differently abled people is the bare minimum that a welfare state must do. Some developed countries provide high quality hearing aids to their needy citizens. India too must follow such welfare activities.

Surinder Kumar Jindal, Samana

Indo-Pak peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for his swearing-in ceremony is indicative of his keenness to improve ties with Pakistan. This step is a new beginning in the relations between the two countries. The chapter of hostility of 67 years should be closed forever.

The peace-loving people on both sides of the border have been longing for cordial relations and peaceful co-existence. They share a common cultural heritage, language and tradition. Their problems too are similar. The leaderships of both the countries should uplift the living standards of the people instead of wasting money on weapons.

But things in Pakistan are not that easy as the Army there enjoys dominance over the elected government. It is the military establishment that plays a predominant role in shaping Islamabad's foreign policy towards India. So it is difficult to say whether the Nawaz Sharif government will show the courage to make a positive move towards India.

With Modi's initiative, the ball is back in Pakistan's court.

Sandeep Arya, Fazilka

Time heals

The parents who have not been able get the bodies of their children from the watery grave of the Beas are indeed unlucky (“Water level lowered but no trace of bodies”, June 15).

As an octogenarian retired principal, my heart weeps for the brilliant students who lost their lives. No amount of words can console the bereaved families. The valuable lives of the engineering students were swallowed by the gushing waters.

Time is the best healer. Their institution should recommend bravery awards for the students who died while saving their fellow mates.

Shyam Sunder Airi, Kapurthala

Build public toilets

One of the causes of rape is the lack of toilets in rural areas as often women are raped when they go to ease themselves in public places. Most slums and many schools lack adequate toilets. The government should build public toilets throughout the country, especially for women in rural areas. Cleanliness must be maintained and the people allowed to use the toilets free of cost.

The people should also keep them hygienic. Some people do not flush after use. Sanitation is one of India's biggest problems. We should also avoid spitting and littering on roads.

Mahesh Kumar, New Delhi

No country for women

Heinous crimes of rape and violence against women are occurring with alarming regularity and in greater numbers all over the country.

Those in positions of power think they have done enough by condemning heinous crimes of rape. For a country where a large number of female deities are worshiped by a majority of its population, this decline in morals is intriguing. With a very weak and ineffective police force and painfully slow judicial process, potential criminals have very little to fear. Can there be hope in a country where at times the defenders of law themselves turn predators?

Subhash Kaura, via email

Roadways in red

While travelling by bus from Chandigarh recently, we took a short break for a cup of tea at Ludhiana. Sitting near the ticket counter, we noticed that of the six buses that left Ludhiana for Moga, two belonged to Punjab Roadways and four to one particular transporter of the area, having allegiance with the SAD government.

Is it possible without political patronage? Under such circumstances, how can the state transport department be expected to come out of the red?

LALIT SEHGAl, via email

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