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Pending Paonta projects

The HP CM has promised an Indian Institute of Management in Sirmaur. The setting up of the institute will revitalise the education infrastructure in the region which is at present in poor shape. The institutions in the district are crying for care.

The degree college at Nahan was opened about 70 years ago and is still without a building of its own. The Paonta Degree College is functioning in a building made for a sugar factory since the early nineties. Likewise, the newly opened colleges in the district are functioning from rented premises.

The condition of government schools is no better insofar as the condition of buildings and number of staff are concerned.

Several projects in the district are pending implementation. These include the construction of a railway line from Ropar to Dehradun via Morni hills in Haryana, an airport near Dhaulakuan (detailed feasibility report of which has already been prepared by the National Council of Applied Economic and Research) and a medical college.

RM Ramaul, Paonta Sahib

Medical ethics

One can see through the anguish and concern in Dr Sapru’s article “Corruption and decline of ethics in medical practice” (August 5). The decline in ethics in the medical profession is a sad reflection of the overall degeneration in society which has worsened after the liberal economic policies promoting amassing of finance by any means. But this profession is different from others as it deals with the body of human beings. Therefore, any fall in its level is painful as it creates mistrust between patients and doctors. But ironically, not many doctors realise this. It is time the profession devised its own corrective mechanism. Bodies like the IMA and MCI have to come forward.

Dr Arun Mitra, Ludhiana

Ethical doctors

The write-up on medical ethics presents a comprehensive, honest and true snapshot of the ethical crisis confronting the medical profession. The most important factor is the commercialisation and corporatisation of the profession, more importantly medical education under the hypnotising influence of a profit-oriented market economy and globalisation. How can the medical profession escape the increasing social, moral, ethical and spiritual degradation in a society where money power is glorified?

Ethics can't be enforced by law. They have to come from within and through social norms. The solution calls for interventions at the level of society, community, professional associations and individuals ably assisted by strong enforcement of law along with radical healthcare system reforms targeting primarily medical education.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Don’t dilute criteria

The editorial “Doctoring eligibility” (August 14) rightly pleads for the case of genuine aspirants of MBBS as against those trying to seek admission by manipulations and dilution of set norms and procedures. Diluting the eligibility criteria for a favoured few amounts to lowering the standard of future medical specialists. Ethically and administratively, the criteria for admission can't be altered in the middle of the admission process because candidates compete under the terms and conditions prevalent at the time of notification/advertisement.

Dr V K Anand, Patiala

Not true, not expected

The news regarding MBBS admission states that “there are no eligible candidates for 122 MBBS seats” lying vacant after the second round of counselling. This is not true since there are more than 500 eligible candidates who have qualified AIPMT and not yet been allotted seats in MBBS. They are eligible for the third counselling which is due. A few days back, a news item stated that BFUHS was conducting a test for 34 MBBS seats which was also wrong. No such test was being conducted for MBBS. A special test is being conducted for BDS on August 24, the advertisement for which was published in The Tribune. This is unexpected from the newspaper of the calibre of The Tribune.

AG Gupta, Mahikhana (Faridkot)

Master Tara Singh

This refers to the article “Master Tara Singh and Punjab Partition” by Raghuvindera Tanvar (August 6). About Master Tara Singh, we may say the following: 1. He was a great patriot. Under his leadership, the Sikhs decided to remain in India; 2. He was a firm believer in Hindu-Sikh unity. He often said: “The relations between Hindus and Sikhs are like nails and flesh. They are brothers. The same blood runs in the veins of both.” 3. He was a great friend of radical Hindu leaders like Vir Savarkar and Guru Golwalker and consulted them on various topics. Few know that he was one of the founders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

Amar Jit S Goraya, Griffith (Australia)

Upright Sikh leader

Vetaran Akali leader Master Tara Singh was upright and fearlessly blunt in expressing his views. He dominated Sikh politics for about 40 years. Masterji was a strong protagonist of the Punjabi suba, for which he struggled with unflagging zeal and dogged determination even when many of his close associates left him. This reminds me of the verse: “Tundi-e-baad-mukhaalif say na ghabra ai uqaab yeh to chalti hai tujhey conche udaaney key liye (O eagle, do not feel nervous because of the contrary tempestuous wind. It blows to help you fly high). There are many instances of Masterji’s bravery.

He was so bold that he cut the Pakistani flag with his sword and shouted “Pakistan murdabad” in the presence of many Muslim League leaders in Lahore in 1947. He spurned Jinnah’'s proposal to join Pakistan under a special arrangement.

Immediately after the Partition, there was a mammoth get-together in the Capital in which bigwigs of different walks of life participated. Someone told Masterji that the meat served in the lunch was that of the goats robbed from displaced Muslims heading for Pakistan. Angry at the cruel treatment meted out to the people in distress, he left without eating anything. In another instance, Shyama Prashad Mukherjee was imprisoned by the Sheikh Abdullah government. When he died in jail, Masterji's immediate and blunt reaction was: “Mariya nahi, maariya gaya ey” (he has no died; he has been killed).

Bhagwan Singh, Qadian



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