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Tough call

Reference to ďWhy the Iraq crisis will define ModiĒ by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, Sunday Tribune; June 22), after his electoral success, Modi as PM was set to strengthen economy, defence capabilities and improve ties with neighbouring countries. But he has been caught in a situation of international events, to which India canít be a silent spectator. The success of the Indian Government to evacuate Indians safely from Iraq will depend on how major players like Saudi Arabia respond to Indiaís persuasion. The US canít help in the release of Indians. After US sanctions on Iran, India depends on Iraq and Kuwait for oil. Itís time to formulate a policy so such situations can be dealt with properly, without any loss of life. Like the US, India should take it seriously if the life of its citizens is in danger in foreign lands.

Ravinder Kumar Udha, Jalandhar


The article was a remarkable critique. Without doubt, it is the need of the hour to upgrade the immigration system. The Government of India must take initiatives in this direction. The Indian diaspora has become vulnerable in the Philippines and the Middle East.

Avtar Tehna, New Zealand


In the days of yore, people used to work in their country, but now Indian citizens are migrating. We must increase job opportunities in India so that our labour pool is not transferred to another country. One of the foremost tasks should be to check the labour moving out. It remains to be seen if the Modi government can fulfil its pre-poll commitment.

Sukhman Bhinder, Chandigarh

Happiness within

Apropos ďWhen one has it all, and yet nothingĒ (Sunday Tribune, June 22), the serious disease in old age is not tuberculosis or cancer, but the feeling of being uncared for. When an otherwise competent and active person becomes physically, mentally and emotionally weak, he/she needs more care. Unfortunately in our country, those who are responsible for our improved living are sidelined from our life. Old-age homes which are a symbol of prosperity in the West are frowned upon in India. Some television channels have also contributed in polluting the mindset of people through serials that have families breaking as theme.

Prof Anup Kumar Gakkhar, Hardwar

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The state of happiness of a people cannot be gauged by GDP or the human development index. The Gross National Happiness index of Bhutan as a multidimensional measure has merit and deserves attention. The German experience of inter-generational homes should be replicated not only in the UK, but also India where the population of senior citizens is increasing. To be truly happy, one needs to create joy within oneself. Relationship management has its merits for social life and only gives temporary bliss. Ultimately, all have to live in solitude for peace and to progress spiritually.

Dr MM Goel, Kurukshetra



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