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Let Chandigarh be

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s statement that Chandigarh should be transferred to Punjab exposes the hypocrisy of SAD (“Give Chandigarh to Punjab, says Badal”, October 28). It has been blaming the Congress for not transferring Chandigarh to Punjab as the Congress had governments both at the Centre and Haryana. Now that the BJP, an alliance partner of SAD, is in power in both at the Centre and Haryana, SAD should not have any problem in getting Chandigarh, so why the demand? It is like demanding something from self. Such statements are made from time to time just to befool the people rather than to really get Chandigarh.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Chandigarh good as UT

Politicians of Punjab and Haryana, out of political compulsions, periodically ask the Centre to hand over Chandigarh to their respective states. This demand sends shivers down the spines of residents of City Beautiful. Most of the people of Punjab and Haryana want to settle at Chandigarh because of better governance, civic amenities, rule of law and its beauty. Chandigarh should remain a separate entity.

Surinderjit S Sandhu, Amritsar

Status of farmer

Apropos the news item “Relief to disowned heirs of farmers” (October 20), the decision of the government to restore the status of agriculturist to the disowned heirs of agriculturist landowners is praiseworthy. Thousands of such persons were debarred from purchasing agricultural land in Himachal Pradesh. Restriction under Section 118 of the Land Reforms and Tenancy Act 1972 is not to harass genuine persons but to restrict non-agriculturists to avoid concentration of wealth in the hands of the non-agriculturist moneyed class.

BR Kaundal, Mandi

Toilet-train dogs

With reference to Prime Minister Modi’s cleanliness drive, it is a pity that there are 30 millions stray dogs in India who have no choice but to defecate and urinate on roads and streets. And millions of dogs owners take their pets out for them to ease in public places. There is no check or alternative suggested for such malpractice. Under these circumstances, the talk of clean India is a sham. To achieve the goal of ‘Swachh Bharat’, the government must strictly implement Animal Birth Control (Dogs) Rules, 2001 which stipulate that 80 per cent of stray dogs be sterilised. While on roads, disposal bags should be fastened on every pet dog. It is also time the accountability of officials concerned is fixed.

Dr Soshil Rattan, Amritsar

Ban Gadhimai fest

The Gadhimai festival is a month-long Hindu festival held in Bara district near Kathmandu in Nepal. The event involves the world’s largest sacrificial slaughter of about 2,50,000 animals, including buffaloes, pigs, chickens and pigeons. The devotees do it to please Gadhimai, the goddess of power. The majority of the about 5 million people participating in the festival is from India. This is an unparalleled religious madness in Nepal in which mass animal sacrifice is done. It is considered to be the goriest mass killing of animals. This cruelty against animals in the name of culture or religion must be stopped.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

Ganga cleanliness

Experience shows that Ganga cleanliness will again prove to be a money-minting movement by corrupt politicians and engineers. The Rs 1,600 crore allotted earlier by the Rajiv government has been usurped as the sewage of not even a single city is treated and there is no trace of any treatment plant. Global tenders should be called for setting up treatment plants in the 128 cities whose sewage empties into the Ganga.

In Ludhiana, crores of rupees have been allegedly usurped by the sewerage board in the name of constructing treatment plants in the last 20 years. But the sewage of not even a single municipal ward has been treated by these failed treatment plants. Our officials have no expertise, no commitment, no sincerity towards work. They have only a one-point programme of minting money for themselves and politicians.

NC Toor, Canada

All, be clean

The cleanliness drive initiated by the Prime Minister can be effective only with the active participation of the local administrations. In most towns, we have no garbage bins, urinals and toilets. When people come out to make purchases or for other work, they have no option but to litter public places. Take the conditions of toilets at our railway stations and bus stands. Though there are enough staffers to maintain cleanliness, the conditions are miserable. The media, government, NGOs and all citizens should cooperate in making the mission a success.


Don’t cut trees

Trees are important as they give us oxygen. One should be fined for cutting trees. Everybody should take a pledge to not cut trees.

Jasjot Singh, Una

Emperor Hemu

November 5 is the 458th anniversary of the Second Battle of Panipat. I still remember when I was in Class VI, the chapter of on the battle was taught. More than Akbar and Bairam Khan, it was Hemu who fascinated us the boys the most. We were told that this vegetable seller, who became emperor of India after 350 years of Muslim rule was on the verge of defeating the mighty Mughals when a stray arrow struck him in the eye, resulting in his defeat and beheading. His 82-year-old father was also killed by the Mughals.

This forgotten hero had ruled India for about a month as the last Hindu emperor. His valour, military genius, courage and bravery matched that of Porus, Maharana Partap, Shivaji, Banda Bahadur and Hari Singh Nalwa. This great man deserves resurrection and a more honourable place in history.

Modi should remember that prior to a chaiwala becoming the Prime Minister of India, there was a vegetable seller who became the emperor of India.

Surinderjit S Sandhu, Amritsar



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