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Weed out tainted

Apropos the report "No room for tainted lawmakers in ministries: SC to PM and CMs" (August 28), the Supreme Court ruling advising the PM and the CMs to keep away tainted MPs and MLAs from their ministries is historic. Our politicians have not understood their responsibility of providing good and corruption-free governance. Ignoring the spirit of the Constitution, how can an MP or MLA involved in the corruption and criminal cases be a lawmaker? Here the unwarranted immunity of the excuse 'innocent till prove guilty' should not apply. The apex court has advised to the PM and CMs to act as per morality and ethics of politics. Modi must rise above narrow political considerations.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali

Rules for candidates

It is the right time for political parties to make a policy regarding fielding candidates with clean records in the coming elections. (Editorial "Cleanup onus on PM", August 29). The Supreme Court has well advised the PM and CMs to get rid of their ministries of members against whom charges have been framed in criminal courts.

The court has rightly observed that the framers of the Constitution left many a thing unwritten by reposing trust in the Prime Minister. It is now for the PM to be careful in selecting candidates to maintain constitutional morality and good governance. The tainted ministers are like a virus that slowly destroy the system.


Please act, PM

Apropos the editorial "Cleanup onus on PM" (August 29), following the Supreme Court's advice, the PM can initiate reforms not only by keeping away and dropping the tainted ministers with criminal backgrounds but also making amendments in the Constitution. He should be bold enough to implement the judgment of Supreme Court of 2013 disqualifying the MPs and MLAs jailed for two or more years. All political parties are protecting criminals and are guilty in varying degrees of criminalising politics. If a civil servant and a person with doubtful integrity cannot be appointed as judge, how can a person with criminal background become a legislator or a minister? And when the onus is put on the PM, it becomes his moral duty to act promptly and set the ball rolling for all parties.

Dr KD Lakhanpal, Bilaspur

No development

In 2000-01, some villages adjoining Batala were included in the municipality. Earlier, these villages had their own panchayats and some development work was going on with the meagre funds the panchayats had. But now this area is devoid of any progress. Not a single rupee has been spent on the development of this area since then. Roads are narrow and dilapidated, ponds are full of dirty water, filth is never cleaned and sewerages are distant dreams. No department is ready to take responsibility. Who should the people go to? If the government had no means, why were these areas declared urban?

Manjit Singh, Batala

Shocking classrooms

It is shocking that about 5,000 schools in Punjab have unsafe classrooms. Thankfully, they are now being demolished following the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The editorial “Demolition of classrooms” (August 12) aptly points out that for many years, students have been studying in makeshift dilapidated rooms and the situation would have continued had the court not been approached with a PIL petition. Education is supposed to be a priority area of government spending, yet the government is not giving due importance to this crucial sector. Funds of central schemes are apparently not being utilised properly.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurgaon

Hockey coach

In the news item “Ahead of Asiad, hockey eves suffer due to damaged turf in Patiala” (August 28), the name of the Indian women’s hockey team coach has been wrongly mentioned as Neil Hagwood. His name is Neil Hawgood. Also, he is the chief coach and not the coach of the team.

Iqbal Singh Saroya, Mohali

Religion of brotherhood

The statements made by RSS leaders raise apprehensions about communal harmony. But I hope that we have become wise enough to not let anybody manipulate us. Does anybody’s nature, morals, deeds or aspirations depend on the religion he belongs to? Does being a Hindu, Sikh, Muslim or Christian guarantee that a person has a good conscience? Criminals and good persons can be found among people of all religions. So, how does it matter if one is a Hindu, a Sikh or a Christian?

We should not align ourselves to any one religion. Instead, one should accept the good teachings of all religions and follow the religion of brotherhood. Imagine getting the blessings of all gods! I am sure god only loves those who love his people, no matter which religion they belong to.

Gurnaz Kaur, via email

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Fly sparrows away

Mohan was working as a service engineer in an IT company of Bangalore. He was always very stressed, sad and complaining. He was fed up of corruption and the mindgames that people around him played. He decided to visit his father who lived in a village. His father was very happy to see him but he noticed that his son was very sad and complaining.

He asked his son to come with him for a walk. Both walked to the farms and saw some sparrows destroying the crops. His father didn’t shoo away the sparrows. He just complained: “Dear son, I am fed up of these sparrows, they are so bad. They don’t think about what will happen to the poor farmer if they destroy the crop. They are so heartless.” Surprised, the son said: “Father, why are you complaining about these sparrows? What they are doing is their job, they have that set of mind. Instead, you should make them fly away, otherwise they will destroy the crop.” Father said: “Very good my son. This is what I wanted to tell you: that people will behave their way, they have their own set of mind. But instead of expecting anything from them, you should look for a solution, i.e. you should also shoo the sparrows away. The son understood his mistake and after that never complained again and instead, fought his problems away.

Divya Insan, Ludhiana



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