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Antibiotics in chicken

Apropos the news item “Antibiotics in chicken hitting Indians’ resistance to drugs” (July 31), antibiotics are employed in poultry throughout the world. There are strict norms to check their responsible usage. I live in Canada and know that class I antibiotics are banned by Health Canada to be used in poultry. They are for human use and include life-saving antibiotics. Only class IV antibiotics are permitted to be used in poultry. The usage of class IV antibiotics has not only increased the mortality rate of chickens but also helped maintain good health of game. I hope India will emulate the responsible usage of antibiotics.

Amandeep S Grover, Ottawa (Canada)

Phone adalats

The BSNL holds telephone adalats bimonthly at each circle level to solve problems relating to telecommunication. It also invites suggestion to improve the system. Besides, BSNL officers are available in towns and cities to hear complaints. However, the other service providers like Idea, Airtel, Tata Indicom, Reliance and Vodaphone have outlets for providing new connections and making bill payments only in towns. The subscribers can lodge complaints on phone or email at customer care only.

TRAI should make it mandatory for these service providers also to hold telephone adalats on the lines of the BSNL and officials should be available for solving the problems.

OP Garg, Patiala

Be loyal

This is in reference to the news report “Rahul insisted Sonia decline PM’s post in 2004, says Natwar” (July 31). One must not be ungrateful, disloyal and dishonest towards anyone who has done good for one. Even animals are loyal and grateful to those who have nurtured them. Natwar Singh says that Rahul insisted that Sonia decline the PM’s post due to his fear that she would be assassinated like his father and grandmother. Had this been true, she and her son would have quit politics. There were various political factors which were not in favour of her for becoming the PM then. Natwar Singh was a sycophant and acted like a loyal servant to the Gandhis.

The US Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A Volcker had revealed that Natwar and his son Jagat Singh were the beneficiaries of illegal Iraqi oil sales in 2001 under the United Nations oil-for-food programme. Natwar misused the name of the Congress and was kicked out from the party. The ‘revealation’ in the book is nothing but his frustration.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

Ethics vs truth

Recently, the books by Sanjaya Baru and Natwar Singh have put a big question mark on ethics. They prove the saying that a ‘good friend can be the worst enemy’. Both of them had close proximity with Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, respectively, and had been taken into confidence a number of times while making decision on important matters. Or a few moments were shared with them at their weak times as mentioned in their books. How can you betray someone who has believed you to such an extent by making those moments public? No doubt there is freedom of writing, but not at the cost of letting others down. Some truths are better not said.

Neela, Chandigarh

Patronise Hindi

Hindi is our national language without proper patronage. But English is an international language with widespread patronage by our own people. I, a retired teacher, feel ashamed to learn that some school heads in English-medium teaching systems discourage students under their tutelage and even punish them for conversing/interacting in Hindi. How shameful! Such heads of school should be dubbed as anti-national and anti-Indian. It will be in the fitness of things if Hindi is given equal importance.

Shambhu Nath Sharma, Pathankot

English ‘and’ Hindi

The question is not English ‘or’' Hindi but English ‘and’ Hindi. When nobody is seeking to replace one language with another, the protest is uncalled for (Editorial “Needless protest", August 4). If students want to learn English, how would it harm Hindi? Both the languages can surely co-exist. Hindi activists should not ignore the importance of English, especially when the officers have to serve in non-Hindi regions or deal with English-speaking countries. They should call off the stir and allow things to smoothen out.


UPSC: Strike balance

The Central Govt. and UPSC should try to strike a balance on the language issue and other aspects of this exam. The UPSC exam should not discriminate against any class, region and religion and at the same time it should maintain its neutral image by taking a strong and bold stand devoid of political considerations.

Dr KD Lakhanpal, Bilaspur

Don’t rechristen PTU

The proposal of renaming Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala, smacks of political motives, academic myopia and thoughtlessness of the authorities, specially because there has never been any demand for name-change from any quarter. Dr HS Soch, an eminent scholar, rightly says (Aug 2 letters “Retain PTU name”) that there is absolutely no merit in the proposal to re-name PTU after former Prime Minister IK Gujral. He can be more aptly honoured by naming some new institution after him for which he had been pressing.

Universities acquire goodwill which should not be wasted in such rechristening activities. The proposal should be dropped and energies channelled to strengthen infrastructure of all Punjab universities and project a positive image of the state.

Prof Mohan Singh, Amritsar

HP denied share

According to a report, Himachal Pradesh incurs a recurring annual loss of Rs 40 crore because the Centre has not given any decision on the state government's claim for the allocation of 7.19 per cent share in the power generated by the Bhakra and Beas projects as per the States Re-organisation Act, 1966. Why has the state been treated so shabbily and what steps have the successive state governments taken in the matter?

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

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