Letters to the editor

No mention of China Other

Jul 02, 2020

Apropos of ‘Free ration till Nov, no LAC mention by PM’ (July 1), the PM’s address was more of a PR exercise and belied people’s expectation that he would apprise them of our position against China. He chose not to mention China for strange reasons. India’s sovereignty and integrity are being challenged by Chinese aggression and our soldiers defending the country with their lives is no small matter. The PM’s silence is sure to give ammunition to rumour mills which shall be churning half truths. Modi should have taken people into confidence over China, which could have galvanised Indian sentiments and national spirit.

Bholey Bhardwaj, via mail

Politicians exempted

In his address to the nation, the PM laid stress on strictly following corona-preventive norms. He quoted that even the PM of a country was fined Rs 13,000 for not wearing a mask. In our country, it seems impossible even to take action against a common political leader, leave aside the PM or a state minister. There have been reports of violators being challaned and cases being registered even at funerals. But such action is being taken against the common public only. During the recent protests by the Opposition parties against the excise scam, ration card scam and enhanced electricity bills etc, safety norms were violated, but still no action was taken. Even the ruling party ministers have been seen openly violating the norms on occasions like inaugural functions and meetings.

Surinder Singla, Sangrur

Ration scheme

India has seen the plight of its migrant labourers. At least now they will get free grains or rice till the end of November. One nation, one ration card is a right step. Modi’s appreciation for farmers and taxpayers must be lauded. Though we expected him to talk about the alarming situation in the Galwan valley, but until some final agreement is arrived at, he might have given it a miss.

Mukand Lal Kaushik, via mail

Daughters a blessing

Reference to ‘Sisters sell fruits on roadside to support ailing father’ (June 30); there is a saying that, ‘To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.’ Salute to both sisters who have shown courage and determination towards their responsibility to look after their parents. It is a hard time for them. In most cases, we see that only daughters support parents, while sons ignore them once they get married. The time is not far when people will pray for a daughter instead of a son. We must educate and support daughters and encourage them to stand on their feet.

Jalari Suber Singh Parihar

Youth & governance

The middle, ‘Courage nipped in the bud!’ (June 29) is a scoop from the university campus, albeit 29 years late. The coverage of the incident brings to the fore the significance of the watershed year of 1991 for India’s polity and its people, particularly the youth. How an issue is handled determines its long-term ramifications, as is clear from the agitation following the Mandal Commission recommendations and handling of the budding journalists by the police on curfew duty. How traumas get inflicted by political decisions or as a sequel is a great lesson of the middle for the politicians, professionals and others in authority who profess good governance.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

No relief for Delhi

With 307 active containment zones and ever-rising Covid cases, the situation is highly precarious in the national capital. The authorities concerned must not only properly identify various trouble spots, but also strike at the basic fault lines. The government must urgently consider imposing a suitable fine for not wearing masks as also the non-observance of personal distancing at public places. CM Arvind Kejriwal should seriously think about reimposing the lockdown in all vulnerable areas of Delhi, irrespective of their extant prominence, proximity and locations before it gets too late. Time and tide wait for none.

SK Gupta, New Delhi

Education a dream still

Refer to ‘Indian Women’s University’ (100 years ago...June 24); the century-old editorial regarding the significance of educating women raises some thought-provoking questions. Empowerment, social uplift, employment are some of the main purposes of imparting education, but when it comes to women, unfortunately, we lack in all these major facets. Education is still a mere dream for a huge population of our womenfolk. Education and a secure environment complement each other. Why, even after seven decades of Independence, are women not getting everything they deserve? How long will it take to totally eradicate these issues? The government should devise efficacious policies to mitigate these issues, which are hampering overall national growth and development.

Virender Tehri, Tohana

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Police brutality Other

Jul 01, 2020

This refers to the editorial ‘Institutionalised brutality’ (June 30). Unbridled power application by the executive in the garb of curfew enforcement is a blot on the country which prides itself on promoting the rule of law, fairness and natural justice. Custodial violence in Tamil Nadu is the latest example of how police brutality results in the loss of life. This pattern needs to be changed, and for change to come, all of us have to raise our voice. After all, it is not the people who should fear the government, but the government who should fear the people.

Divya Singla, Patiala

Urgent police reforms

The custodial death of P Jeyaraj and his son in Tamil Nadu has caused nationwide outrage. Both of them were victims of police brutality. Their bodies were bleeding profusely when they were to be produced before the magistrate. Later, their condition worsened in the government hospital and they met a tragic death due to police torture. Four police officers have been suspended and an inquiry has been ordered. Custodial deaths have taken place in different parts of our country. It is a matter of serious concern. According to the National Humans Rights Commission report for 2017-18, around 15 cases of custodial violence and torture were reported every day, with nine people dying every 24 hours in judicial and police custody. This can only be addressed through police reforms, including better training and prosecution of custodial malpractice.

Krishan Malhotra, Ambala Cantt

Do our lives matter?

The problem with police brutality is that we don’t even consider it as a problem and keep ignoring it. Several cases have come up worldwide where people lose lives after being brutally and inhumanly treated by the police. Getting someone stripped naked, sexually assaulted, killed for violating Covid norms can’t be termed as law and order. We must not sit in silence but advocate for actionable change. This barbaric brutality needs to be stopped and rotten apples need to be removed at the earliest. We all stood for George Floyd but do we stand for someone who lacks media coverage? ‘Black Lives Matter’, but what about Indian lives?


Healthcare for elderly

It is really disheartening that our elderly have been at the receiving end during the lockdown restrictions (‘Healthcare needs of elderly call for upgrade’, June 29).There is no doubt that they are more prone to Covid-19 because of comparatively low immunity, but also at times, suffer from a variety of other lifestyle and psychosomatic diseases. Their comorbidities need more evaluation and better treatment during a pandemic. How callous it has been on our part to become oblivious of their routine diseases and to have just focused on their vulnerability to Covid. We should always be conscious that the medical needs of paediatric and geriatric patients are unique and different from other patients.

Sunil Chopra, Ludhiana

We will overcome...

Refer to ‘Thought for the day’ by Helen Keller; it is quite relevant for this year and also gives us hope. The world is suffering from Covid-19. We had bad news like the Delhi riots, death of Bollywood celebrities, suicide cases, Indo-China clashes, locust attacks, cyclones, etc. Globally, we also had George Floyd murder case sparking the protest against racism. We must keep hope alive for better times. We will definitely overcome these times.

Vikramjit Singh, Amritsar

Ban on Chinese apps

The recent move by the Indian government to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, is a welcome move in consonance with the idea of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and protecting the sovereignty of the nation. Moreover, this will encourage young children to divert their attention to more productive activities instead of wasting time on such apps.

Jashandeep Singh, Amritsar

Go for Indian goods

In order to deal with China’s foul play and disturbing elements every now and then, it is for the state to form a policy, negotiate, resolve through diplomats/senior commanders and fight for a resolution to have peace and normalcy on the border. But ‘we the people’ of Bharat have vast powers to teach lessons to China without any fight by simply boycotting all sorts of Chinese products from today onwards, strictly and sincerely. There are thousands of items which are in use, for which our own products are available. But for cheap pricing, we are buying Chinese goods. This one action on our part, on top priority, requires no permission but will affect China.

Jagdish Singh Jassal, Patiala

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