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Posted at: Jan 23, 2019, 6:43 AM; last updated: Jan 23, 2019, 6:43 AM (IST)

Poor unity show

The mahagathbandhan conclave at Kolkata had nominated four members of different parties to chalk out a strategy for arriving at possible alliances for different states to defeat

the Modi government in the coming Lok Sabha elections. Strangely, two of its members, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Arvind Kejriwal belong to diametrically different ideologies. Now that the AAP has decided to go it alone in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Goa, how will it stitch an alliance with the Congress? Similarly, KCR and the BJD are singing different tunes. The Congress alliance with the TDP in Andhra Pradesh has already been rejected by people. It appears difficult, if not impossible, to defeat Modi in the absence of a clear-cut agenda and issues concerning common people.


EVM counter-claim

Reference to ‘EVM hacking: EC hits back’ (Jan 22); free and fair elections are the quintessence of democracy. The recent claims by a cyber expert at a press conference in London that EVMs can be doctored and that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls were rigged in favour of the BJP need a thorough probe. Political parties have also expressed reservations about the infallibility of the EVMs. Before initiating any legal action against the anti-EVM campaigner, the EC is constitutionally bound to verify the claims and proceed accordingly. Doubting their compliance with democratic principles, many countries like Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland have already abandoned these controversial machines. Can’t the EC introduce some procedural changes to use EVMs along with VVPAT slips to allay these concerns, notwithstanding some delay in the voting and counting process?

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

Some check is needed

Refer to ‘Oppn knows will lose, so EVMs villain’ (Jan 21); with less than 100 days left to go for the Lok Sabha elections, political parties are making alliances to take on the BJP, but how will things take shape after the elections is difficult to guess. It appears that the NDA will get less number of seats in Parliament compared to the last elections. In a democracy, it is essential that the ruling party and the government are under scrutiny, not only by rival parties, but also by the people, so that the country can move in the right direction. Constructive criticism is beneficial for the nation. 

Devendra Khurana, Bhopal 

Opening up Army airfields

Refer to ‘Connecting the China border’ (Jan 22); the development of Vijayanagar advance landing ground (ALG) is a great example of civil-military synergy. Under this project, the government is providing assistance by building roads in dense forests and locals are also pitching in, despite the fact that ALG is purely for military use. But the role of civilian airfield is very important. China has six modernised airfields in Tibet. Indian military is trying to do the same in areas like Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh, which is why the Army is getting good civilian support

Anil Sharma, Shimla

For a healthier society

Apropos the editorial ‘Ailing rural healthcare’ (Jan 22), health is a fundamental right and it is the state’s responsibility to offer these services to people. In spite of being a signatory to the Alma-Ata declaration to strengthen primary health services, India has failed to do so. Punjab is not an exception. Community and PHCs are ailing due to poor work culture, political interference and more incentives in the private sector. Specialists do not prefer to join the public sector. It is vital to hold serious deliberations with public health experts, NGOs and representatives of all political parties to find out a way to run health centres efficiently for building a healthier society. 

Ajay Bagga, Hoshiarpur

Privatisation no answer

Providing healthcare and education services is the primary duty of any government, and the present government is running away from both responsibilities (‘Ailing rural healthcare’; Jan 22). The Tribune taking a pro-corporate stance on privatisation of health is disturbing. The PPP mode, without doubt, will increase the financial burden on the already indebted people of Punjab and will rob them of the solitary, viable option they have. As a doctor and well-wisher of the people of Punjab, I condemn the move.

Sandeep, Patiala

Sad state of health

Lawmakers have admitted to failure in providing basic healthcare and the medical fraternity in general has eroded the trust placed in it by people (‘Ailing rural healthcare’; Jan 22). Why some doctors are up in arms against the PPP mode is an open secret. Doctors’ visits to hospitals are few and far between. Infrastructure is poor, forcing patients to skip these health centres. 

Gurnam Singh Seetal, Khanna

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