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A non-issue

Reference to “Exam puts UPSC on test” by Aditi Tandon (Sunday Tribune, August 10), the world is fast progressing with the help of communication skills and modern technological advances. Those wishing to enter administrative and foreign services should be intelligent to grasp, analyse problems and be capable of arriving at decisions for efficient governance. The CSAT should not be a hurdle in their efforts. Some parties are provoking candidates to raise the issue to create confusion. The standards of UPSC civil services tests should not be lowered.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Get sporty

The performance of India at the CWG was not very impressive (“Medal hunt over, time we found more athletes” by Rohit Mahajan; Sunday Tribune, August 10). The country has potential for sports that needs to be tapped. The state governments should respect medal winners and assure them financial security by giving them cash incentives and jobs. This will attract young talent to take up sports as a career. We should insulate sports bodies from political interference and provide world-class infrastructural and training facilities to excel in international competitions.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur

Beauty matters

Apropos “Beautiful people and writing with a wink” (Sunday Tribune, August 10), being handsome has its own charm, one of the reasons the Nehru-Gandhi family held the reins for long. For the same reason now, some Congress leaders want Priyanka Gandhi to join politics for her charm. Sonia Gandhi also enjoyed this aura and led the party after Indira Gandhi. Some say had Sonia and Rahul not been in the Congress, the party would not have got even 44 seats. The Congress’ only hope is again a Gandhi family member.

BM Singh, Amritsar

Self-reliance key

Reference to “In defence tech, India’s 'dil' is still 'firangi'” by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, August 10), the phenomenon is not confined to defence production alone. There are many sectors where we are found wanting despite our trained and skilled human resource. In the agriculture sector, the seeds in India are being produced by foreign-origin multinationals. These MNCs have turned the seed business into a multi-crore commercial activity at the cost of farmers, who have to purchase seeds at exorbitant prices. They can’t use the grains obtained from their crops as seed for subsequent sowing as these would not give the desired yield. Earlier, traditional crops provided seeds too. This is a challenge to our agri-scientists.

LR Sharma, Mandi


The US offer of co-development and co-production of next generation Javelin anti-tank missiles with India is a welcome gesture. But India needs to become self-reliant in the production of defence equipment. It is a pity that after so many years of Independence, India has not been able to produce engines for its jets, tanks or even space rockets.

RK Kapoor, US


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