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Take a lesson

The drowning of 24 students near Manali was very unfortunate and devastating for their parents. (“Letting the waters swallow lives” by Kuldeep Chauhan; Sunday Tribune, June 15). The budding engineers lost their lives due to the lack of a proper safety system in place. The government must inquire into the circumstances leading to the tragedy and award suitable punishment. The management of educational institutes must restrict such excursions and ensure discipline among students so such serious accidents can be avoided. The departments concerned and disastrous management teams must coordinate to issue warnings.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Singh Minhas (retd), Mohali

Look beyond

Apropos the article “Focus on all things English, but at what cost?” (Sunday Tribune, June 15), the aura of English is perceptible in the burgeoning middle class of India. Our shackles of the colonial rule remain. English is important as it is an international language, but nowadays it is an instrument for discrimination. If one cannot speak English he/she is considered to be backward. We have to understand and respect the diversity of India. Some societal groups have easy access to all resources and can afford education in English medium schools while the others can’t. Regional languages should be promoted so all can reap the benefits of development.

Gursharan Singh, Karnal

Not over the other

Reference to the article “Prakash Javadekar, please be Mr Green” by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, June 15), there is a dire need to match development with ecological balance. No doubt, the raising of Narmada Dam’s height by 17 metres is essential for more hydro-power generation, but undue haste in clearance castes suspicion on the working of the ministry. Huge devastation and loss of life and property in Uttarakhand last year is an example of this imbalance. We must not play with nature, and if it is essential, it should be atoned by way of agro-forestry. In addition to giving adequate compensation to displaced families in all four neighbouring states, the minister should ensure that there is equal plantation of trees around the affected area to create a green belt.

Gurmit Singh Saini, Mohali

Tall task

The writer has mentioned the mild nature, commitment and political understanding of the newly elected speaker to the 16th Lok Sabha, Sumitra Mahajan. (“With smile and resolve, she will speak for Constitution” by Vibha Sharma; Sunday Tribune, June 15). But the question is whether she will be able to run a smooth House. Indiscipline, use of foul language and verbal spats were common in the previous Lok Sabha. Will she be able to check it and conduct the House with decorum? Will she act like the Speaker of the House or be biased towards her party? Her job will not be easy.

HS Chahal, Patiala

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