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Disaster in J-K

The people of Jammu and Kashmir are passing through an ordeal as the valley is facing a massive natural disaster because of heavy floods triggered by torrential rains in six decades. Nearly 300 people have lost their lives and many are untraceable. All streets and houses have been flooded. People are compelled to take refuge on the upper floors or rooftops of their houses.

Roads and bridges have collapsed. People are unable to move to safer places. The flood situation in Srinagar and South Kashmir has been aggravated because of complete breakdown of communication links in the valley. People are making desperate attempts to know the welfare of their loved ones trapped in the submerged areas. The failure of the communication network has thrown the state administration into a state of confusion. The Indian armed forces are carrying out rescue operations. Medical camps have been set up and boats deployed into service by rescue teams to evacuate the people.

Blankets, water-bottles, packed food and medicines have been air-dropped by the IAF in the flood-affected areas. Pilots are risking their lives by flying in hostile weather conditions to reach cut-off areas for relief and rescue operations. The armed forces deserve applause for doing commendable work in providing relief to the victims. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced aid of ~1,000 crore for Jammu and Kashmir. The nation must come together to support the people of Jammu and Kashmir in this hour of need.


Inter-faith harmony

The news “Valley students demand migration from Punjab college” (September 2) reminded me of the time I studied and worked in Punjab. Those days, Pakistanis stayed at the homes of people in Punjab and Chandigarh during India-Pakistan cricket matches. With the exception of the violence during the Partition days, Punjab has been an enduring symbol of inter-faith harmony. Muslim-dominated placed like Malerkotla remained peaceful even during Pak-sponsored terrorism days. Kashmiri students have also been studying here for years. Now, what is wrong with these students? First they were chased out of Uttar Pradesh and now Punjab, for the same reason. Can they not control themselves and stop indulging in provocative acts leading to communal situations? Is it not the responsibility of these handful people to behave in a responsible manner and respect the sentiments of local communities and stop blaming the people of each state they go to?

V Nair, New Delhi

Resettle convicts

We have converted our jails into reformation houses and, therefore, people coming out from prisons must be resettled in life. Those who were in service should be taken back in service and those who have crossed the superannuation age given pension. Their families should not be made to suffer and must be given subsistence allowance. We should reduce the number of people in jails because their maintenance has become a burden on the taxpayers and keeping people in jails during trials is not serving the community. Rather, the undertrials suffer a lot and they have to pay huge amounts to get bail.

People who complete jail terms must be accepted as reformed people and taken back in homes, in society and even in service.

Dalip Singh Wasan, Patiala

Death sentence

When Surinder Koli, a serial killer, has been sentenced to death in four cases of Nithari killings and his sentence confirmed by the Supreme Court, why did an SC Bench stay his execution until a fresh review petition challenging his death penalty is heard in an open courtroom? The delay in the proceedings not only creates mental agony to the killer Koli but also protects hardcore criminals and encourages such heinous acts. People owe from the judiciary some clarity in the way appeals are entertained and firmness with which the sentences are dispensed. Otherwise, why not abolish the death sentence?

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

Laxity in penalty

Recently, in China, 84,000 government officials were given various punishments, including administrative and disciplinary action, in a graft case. Comparatively in India, even for big scandals and scams, punishment is minor and not deterrent.

Akash Jindal, via email

Hats off to HC

The news report “HC bans animal sacrifice” (September 2) comes as a whiff of fresh air. That the barbaric custom/practice should have continued for that long in the sacred land of Gautama Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi is the most painful part of the story. Can we call ourselves a civilised nation under the circumstances?

The judiciary has once again scored over the other pillars of our cherished democratic edifice. Hats off to this vital pillar!

Tara Chand, Ambota (Una)

Laptops for students

After the issue was raised in The Tribune, the authorities concerned have sanctioned laptops to thousands of meritorious students who did not take admission after their 10+2 examination in regular colleges, but joined some private coaching institutions in Himachal. The students are feeling duly rewarded for their hard work.


Master Tara Singh

Raghuvendra Tanwar has tried to epitomise the traits of the well-known Sikh political leader, Master Tara Singh in his article “Master Tara Singh and Punjab's Partition” (August 6). One enigmatic thing came to my notice about the leader during my archival research study. According to a confidential official report of 1922, a group of Ghadarites was active in founding a society named the Punjab American Canandian Society at Jullundar which was to launch a periodicial for its propaganda. According to the intelligence report, Master Tara Singh had resigned his teachership to join the publication as its editor though the Sikhs had castigated the Ghadarites as apostates and supported the British rulers in their case.

Swaran S Sanehi, Shahpur (Phillaur)



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