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Biased against Modi

I am a regular reader of The Tribune and invariably feel that the newspaper has started a jihad to malign PM Modi. The trio of Kuldip Nayar, BG Verghese and S Nihal Singh always writes against the PM. They talk of the Hindutva problem and call Modi as the kingpin of this menace.

The latest article by BG Verghese on Al Qaida blames Modi for all ills facing the country, including that of love jihad. Anybody connected with the RSS or the BJP may say anything but ultimately the blame is attributed to Modi. To call the PM's address to children on Teachers’ Day A “tamasha” is not only an insult to Modi but the whole of India because children learnt a lot from Modi.

Dr RK Rajoo, Deodhar (Mandi)

Mere sloganeering

Modi had proclaimed that with the election of the BJP government, the country would see "achhe din" and an era would emerge in which there is no room for dearness or skyrocketing prices and the economy would become strong and the policies of the UPA government which were anti-people would be buried. But no such thing has happened. On the contrary, the prices of vegetables, foodgrains and fruits have risen. There has been a burdensome hike of 14 per cent in railway fares and flight charges have also increased. There has also been an increase in the prices of petrol, diesel and cooking gas. The general Budget has disappointed the people as there has been no mention of any welfare scheme. What a difference between slogans and reality!

Dr M Hashim Kidwai, Delhi

Unseemly motley

Apropos the article "Al Qaeda-IS Warning" by B G Verghese (September 8), makes a mockery of the reader. The writer starts with a serious and high-sounding note purporting to give some insight into this burning problem. Then suddenly, in the fifth para, he starts talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address on Teachers' Day. Then he switches to the Sukna lake scam, then to the problem of Kashmiri Pandits and after that to dairy farming and in the last para, he is worried about the falling population of donkeys. Inflicting an unseemly motley of different topics trashed under one article brings to mind a reverie of recipes like bhindi-custard, or stuff like washing machine-cum-nailcutter, or pressure cooker-cum-dog whistle.

Pradeep R, New Delhi

Selfless service

Our armed forces are known for their belief in secularism and dedication to whatever duty is entrusted to them, be it in fighting the enemy in war or rescuing people of any region or religion during natural calamities. In the recent Kashmir floods, they have risked their own lives to save lakhs of marooned people even as the government of Omar Abdullah failed miserably and proved inept in handling the grim situation. But the rabble-rousers and separatists, have floated an uncharitable rumour of communal preference in the rescue of the marooned people. These ungrateful elements, as is their mischevious habit, have even incited the marooned people to pelt stones and heap abusive slander onto their selfless rescuers. We should be proud of our armed forces who maintain their disciplined objective and function in spite of insulting misbehaviour, stiff resistance and provocations from the incited unruly mobs.

LJSingh, via email

Cooperate with army

Undoubtedly, the recent floods in J&K have caused havoc in the Valley and people are facing great hardships due the flooding and submerging of their houses and the death toll has been rising. People are expressing their anguish against the administration for not coming to their rescue in time. Their anger is justified. Despite all this, they should remain patient, cool and calm and cooperate with the relief and rescue teams as the Army and NDMF are working 24x7 to rescue the lives and property of the people at the risk of their own lives.

Other government agencies and philanthropic organisations should join the rescue and relief operations. Let us not politicise the issue and come out of this nature's scourge like people in the USA and Japan do under such situations without making much noise and by their own grit.

Dr Puran Singh, Nilokheri (Karnal)

Disaster management

The lack of administrative mechanism to deal with calamities such as the floods in Jammu and Kashmir prove that disaster management training programmes need to be undertaken in schools and colleges and by all local bodies. Also, relief centres should be set up in each district so that valuable life and assets are saved in such situations. The disaster is more manmade than natural.

Sanyam Bhatia, Amritsar

Badals’ fuel bill

Apropos the shocking news item “Rs 1 lakh daily fuel bill of cavalcade accompanying Badals” (September 10), I think it is highly shameful that even after our 68th celebration of democracy, our political leaders lack democratic values. On the one side, citizens of our country are suffering from floods, hunger, poverty, riots etc and on the other side, spendthrift politicians like Badals are spending crores of rupees on just their cavalcades. This attitude is reminiscent of the autocratic regime, the difference being the autocrat is ascended to the throne through a more sophisticated institutionalised form. Had the amount spent on the cavalcade been sent to J&K, it would have given a new life to many families. Alas! This is not the case.

The time is ripe to ask these kind questions to spendthrift politicians, when they come to canvass for votes and to make them more accountable.

Gursharan Singh, via email

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Cut bill, Badals

The cavalcade accompanying the Punjab CM and Deputy CM costs the exchequer Rs 1 lakh daily on fuel. This lifestyle is not in consonance with the Badals’ claim of “raj nahin, seva”. Punjab is already under a heavy debt and funds are not available for adequate medical care, school buildings and payment of salaries. The Badals must cut this expenditure as charity and austerity begin at home.

Brij Bhushan Goyal, Ludhiana



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