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Hockey fund

Hockey players and lovers are shocked by the suicide of a promising player Rajwinder Kaur. Due to family cicumstances, she was not able to get admission in a college, following which she ended her life. Expecting assistance from our government to help a poor, promising hockey player is too much. Hockey has been overtaken by the royal game of cricket. Well-to-do hockey lovers should set up a hockey fund for the game and players.

Dr Balraj Singh Gill, Jagraon

Poverty spoilsport

The news of suicide by 20-year-old hockey player from Sangrur Rajwinder Kaur (August 9) has sent shock waves among hockey aficionados. The life of this budding player, who had nurtured big dreams, was abruptly cut short by the incident, with abject poverty playing spoilsport.

Rajwinder rocked the game at state and national events with sheer grit and subtle skills that she had honed under the tutelage of tough task masters. Her cherished dream of admission in a college to enable her to sharpen her sporting skills to carve out a niche for herself in the firmament came crashing down as her parents were too poor to give wings to her dreams. The Government of Punjab could have saved Rajwinder. The state government would do well to raise a special pool of funds for those who fail to chase their dreams due to poverty and other factors.

Ramesh K. Dhiman, Chandigarh

Vulnerable Rajwinders

Apropos the editorial “Death of a dream” (August 9), the tragic suicide of highly talented Rajwinder Kaur, whose poor parents could not afford to pay for her college education, is enough to hang the heads of all Indians in shame. The United Nations report of 2014 reflects extreme poverty in India and the country’s scandalous record in human development. India ranks 135 out of 186 nations in the UNDP’s annual human development index. India continues to be obsessed with spending mammoth amounts of money on the installation of statues, introduction of bullet trains and wi-fi services in trains and barbaric imposition of Hindi! Why has that much-uttered rhetoric of “achhe din” eluded the innocent bud named Rajwinder and her hapless parents?

When will India realise that upholding of humanity and interests of innumerable vulnerable Rajwinders deserves more importance than space missions, hosting of Commonwealth Games and the Buddha racing track?

Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata

Death of a dream

It is ironic that Rajwinder Kaur, a talented hockey star, has committed suicide at a time when the government is considering decorating Major Dhyan Chand with the Bharat Ratna. No doubt her parents were not able to support her, but why had the teachers and coaches who were well aware of her talent, shown insensitivity and unconcern in this matter? They could have guided her to approach the right authorities and helped her get aid from some institution or the state. Earlier, educational institutions would pick up such students and provide them financial support and in return they used to bring laurels to the institution and later to the country. But now priorities have changed. These days holding seminars, conferences or foreign trips in the name of promoting higher education are the priorities and a huge sum allocated for education by the state and lot of time is utilised for such activities.

Neelam, Chandigarh

Sikhs, stay united

It is sad that the Sikhs who have protected the country with their blood, have finally been divided by the Congress. My request to Sikh brothers is that they should stay together. Otherwise, they will end up like us Hindus, totally divided by the caste system.

Yogesh Datta, via email

Faith or money?

The leaders of Punjab and Haryana gurdwara committees are retracing the history of Kurukshetra. These leaders don’t have any belief in the sanctity of a gurdwara. For them, holy shrines are just an instrument of raising their bank balances. On account of their lust for money, the shrine which is the residence of our great Guru has become a burning issue. What kind of reverence are both parties showing to the Guru?

Neena Chawla (NSPS)

SGPC must only guide

It is no justification that because Hindu temples don’t have a single authority, Sikhs should also not have one. A single body, the Vatican, controls all affairs in the case of Christians. What is wrong is the politicisation of religious affairs as is being done by Badal. The SGPC was formed to handle Sikh shrines in Punjab, including the part which went to Pakistan. In my view, all states should have their own management bodies with representation of local Sikhs and some from the central body. The SGPC should play the role a of guide in running their affairs, but not dictate to them.

Fateh Pal Singh Malhi, Bathinda

Incomplete news

This is in reference with the news item “Harsimrat Badal resigns as MD of Orbit Resorts” (August 5) which says that in order to comply with a prime-ministerial directive that all ministers disclose their business interests, Harsimrat Badal has taken the above-mentioned step. The item, however, leaves the reader dissatisfied and with a sense of having read incomplete news. The journalist concerned should have put in efforts to determine whether Harsimrat continues to be a shareholder of the company and whether she will receive financial benefits, as a result. The resignation as MD would then merely be an eyewash.

Nripinder Aulakh, Bathinda

Objections at WTO valid

Regarding the WTO negotiations, the Indian Government must stick to its stand and categorically state the genuine concerns without buckling under pressure created by the strong western farm lobby. The USA and EU consider developing countries as dumping grounds for their highly subsidised agricultural produce. Why is the developed world not keen to invest in developing basic infrastructure and exporting green technology to the developing countries? The reason is clear: less profit, more efforts. The Modi government must not sign the TFA in September, as is anticipated.

Rajesh Verma, Sirsa

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