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Don’t lose focus

Reference to the article Mr Modi is quick, if only reality would cooperate (Sunday Tribune, August 31), the Modi ‘sarkaar’ is focusing on issues people never really demanded or needed. Smart cities and bullet trains appear to be fancy stories. These are welcomed, but not at the cost of other priorities. The government administration is in a shambles. People are fed up with long queues at public offices. The top priority should be to set the house in order and improve the system, be it train booking, seeking driving licence or taking a loan. People need a better system of garbage removal, water supply and electric services. 

Yadwinder Singh Dhillon, Zira

Stand up

Apropos the article When a harassed girl kills herself, we have failed her by Kishwar Desai
 (Sunday Tribune, August 31) rightly highlights the plight of girls who are entrapped between their tormentors and so-called “ethical society”. Stalking is a crime, but this law can only bear fruits if the victim raises her voice and society does not suppress her. We must support girls and change our outlook otherwise we would be letting down yet another girl. 

Ravneet Kaur, Mohali

Right track

Apropos Raj Chengappa’s article India may not be shining as yet but it’s smiling (Ground Zero; Sunday Tribune, August 31), I agree Modi is off to a flying start which is good for India. But the rise of communalism despite his 10-year moratorium on it has become a cause of urgent public concern, which he must address before things go out of hand. However, Modi’s slogan “sab ke saath” is not in sync with his authoritative manner of running the government. The nation is hopeful that despite erratic moves, his dynamism will promote secularism and strengthen India’s democratic traditions. 

RM Ramaul, Paonta Sahib


The goal of nation building requires hundreds of things to be done but it can't be achieved in the absence of a strong leadership. After a long time, it seems India has found a strong leader in Narendra Modi. He has shown his decisiveness as well as deftness in launching the Jan Dhan Scheme, raising the FDI cap in railway, defence and insurance sectors, and resolving to develop indigenous capability in domestic industry. There’s nothing wrong if Modi steals the agenda of AAP. Corruption-free India is inevitable if we want to touch new heights. The Congress has ruled the country by adopting the policies of the Communist parties. One of the biggest challenges which Modi will face is to keep development insulated from “extreme saffronisation”. 

Ravinder Kumar Udha, Jalandhar

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