Letters to the editor

People will decide Other

Oct 30, 2021

Apropos of ‘BJP’s prominence will stay for decades: Kishor’, being a self-styled electoral expert, he is a professional who works for money and changes his clients frequently. It is neither the charisma of Modi nor Kishor’s ‘guess’, but the will of people who will dislodge Modi, Yogi and the BJP. The sky-touching prices of fuel and daily use commodities will spell a disaster for the BJP. PK must have been paid heavily to create a narrative. Can a government get people’s support by putting banners and photos of the PM, patting itself over its achievements when the ground realities are in contrast to the claims? People are the best judge, let us wait and watch.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Mohali


Congress’ lost glory

Reference to ‘BJP’s prominence will stay for decades: Kishor’; it is an obvious statement, to which Rahul Gandhi is oblivious. The poll strategist has succinctly put the dilemma of the Congress leadership in the right perspective: the Congress is waiting to defeat its political adversary, the BJP, without any proactive efforts on its part. The BJP is at its peak whereas the Congress is at its curve. It is seeking crumbs from regional satraps. To regain its lost glory and political clout, it will have to be effectively assertive. The Congress is crying for its metamorphosis to be the Indian National Congress of the bygone times.

DV Sharma, Mukerian


Channi’s visit

Reference to the news ‘CM Channi briefs Rahul’; in an era of technology, when virtual meetings are the new normal, it is surprising that the Punjab Chief Minister and others are making repeated political visits to Delhi to brief the party high command at the expense of the state exchequer. Given the present status of Punjab, the state is heading for financial emergency in the light of its burgeoning debt burden due to the recent waivers announced on power and water bills. The state treasury may find difficulty in paying salary to its employees. The government should avoid such wasteful expenditure in the garb of official visits. After all, it is the taxpayer’s money which needs to be utilised for the welfare of people and nothing else.

Anil Vinayak, Amritsar


RBI Governor

The extension of the term of the current RBI Governor by three years was expected. He had taken over the reins of the central bank in 2018 after the sudden resignation of the then Governor Urjit Patel. Das securing the Centre’s nod for himself could possibly be found in him subscribing to its ‘wish list’, thereby rising to the occasion as per the need of the hour, unlike his predecessors Raghuram Rajan and Urjit Patel, who refused to ‘fall in line’. No wonder they had to pay a price by making an early and ‘unceremonious’ exit from the RBI.

Kumar Gupt, Panchkula


A diverse mix

Reference to the middle ‘The motley walk of life’; life, indeed, offers us a myriad ways of looking at the various aspects of personalities. Different people have different perspectives which are easily perceivable in their behaviour, be it walking or food habit or the way of talking. And perhaps this is what differentiates one individual from another. American philanthropist Jimmy Carter rightly observed: ‘We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.’

Sumita Kanwar, Yamunanagar


Walk for good health

Refer to ‘The motley walk of life’; being a regular walker while posted in Delhi, I used to observe walkers at Lodhi Gardens, particularly couples who were not enjoying walks but dragging each other to walk! Very inquisitive to know, one day I dared to ask a couple why come for a walk if they do not enjoy it! They said they were not interested in walks but their doctor had advised them to do so for better health. Hence, they come for a walk, but do not enjoy it. At 83, I would say walking is the best exercise for good health.

Brijraj, Canada


It’s only cricket!

Apropos of ‘Poisoning sport’, deep-rooted fundamentalism is rooted in Pakistan’s attitude whenever they play against India. Whenever they register a victory against India, it becomes a God-sent opportunity to start a vituperative campaign against India, right from the man in the street to the top politicians of that country. On the day Pakistan beat India, their sole victory in all the World Cup outings so far, their home minister came on television, equating the victory against India as winning the World Cup itself! Under such circumstances, how can Pakistan expect to revive the cricket between the two countries?

Ravinder Kumar Jain, Ludhiana


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Get to the bottom of it Other

Oct 29, 2021

Refer to ‘Pegasus probe’; what a landmark judgment by the Supreme Court! It opens with a quote from George Orwell’s ‘1984’ — ‘If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.’ The court gave ample time to the government to file a detailed affidavit, but the government has been evasive, floating the bogey of national security. The nation must know if Pegasus Spyware was used to curb the freedom of the Press and the citizens. We hope that the SC-appointed committee will investigate the matter thoroughly and find if any breach of law has been done by the government.

Arun Hastir, Gurdaspur


Pegasus controversy

With the Supreme Court ordering a probe into the Pegasus snooping scandal, it will unmask the Orwellian masters spying into citizens’ privacy. People are already living in a climate of fear and hatred, and the order by the court is a significant step towards public trust being restored in the judiciary. The repressive regime in the country has been using all kinds of tools — draconian NSA, UAPA etc — against citizens to muzzle voices of dissent on the pretext of national security. It would be interesting to know after the probe is complete in eight weeks who procured the spyware and what necessitated it to be deployed on prominent citizens and organisations. Appointing Justice RV Raveendran, who is known for his excellent track record and landmark judgments, is enough proof of Chief Justice Ramana’s seriousness about the mala fide use of Pegasus malware.

EPSA Prashar, Dharamsala


Jolt to Centre

In a major jolt to the Centre, an expert committee has been set up by the SC to probe the alleged use of Pegasus for surveillance of certain people in India. The judgment in the Pegasus case is an important landmark in the history of the fight for the fundamental rights of citizens and institutional protection for them. It is especially important because these rights are being challenged in various ways, and Pegasus symbolised one of the most serious of such challenges. An important feature of the court’s decision is that it has rejected the government’s offer to set up a committee. Hopefully, the government will extend full cooperation to the committee and its findings will be available at the earliest.

N Sadhasiva Reddy, Bengaluru


Recruitment policy

Apropos of ‘Jobless teachers protest near Channi’s house’, it is worrying that unemployment in Punjab is at an all-time high. The youth prefers to migrate to developed countries by any means. Future seems dark in Punjab. It becomes a de facto norm for any government to announce vacancies in public departments in the election year just to garner votes. There is no consistent and transparent recruitment policy in the state, resulting in merit being ignored. Various unemployed associations are protesting these days. The government must pay heed to the legitimate demands of all protesters and announce recruitment for all departments in a consistent and regular manner. The government is yet to conduct TET examination for the past three years, keeping a large number of fresher ETT candidates ineligible. Merit must not be compromised, as it has a cascading effect over the years. The recruitment must be in line with NCTE guidelines, so that the process is not delayed due to litigation and merit can be promoted.

Amrinder Singh Mann, Sangrur


Political circus

The current scenario of Punjab politics shows us how our leaders are. Many of them do not have any logical position, whether it is Capt Amarinder Singh or Navjot Sidhu. Other Congress leaders are expected to go to Captain’s camp. SAD (Sanyukt) has said Captain is saying baseless things. The same BJP leaders who were criticising Captain are now silent. This shows the dubious stand of party leaders. They are unreliable. If they can’t stand with their own party, how can the people trust them for their better future? The political circus is in full swing.

Jatinder Masoun, Ludhiana


Border trouble

Refer to ‘China’s new border law’; the new border law aims to strengthen China’s control over its border areas and stipulates that its territorial integrity is ‘inviolable’. China is looking to legally formalise its claims over its disputed land borders by building permanent infrastructure and control systems. It means that the India-China border standoff in eastern Ladakh will have a slim chance of resolution. This law is bound to have serious ramifications for the border dispute with India, as fundamentally it means that China will not budge from its claims. The boundary negotiation mechanism is as good as dead. This will force India to deploy its Army along the LAC in a sizeable strength and for extended durations. The new border law can also be read as China’s rejection of India’s position, linking resolution of the border dispute with bilateral relationship.

PL SINGH, by mail


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True sportsman Other

Oct 28, 2021

It’s rightly said that ‘T20 is a lottery’ (‘Not the end of the world’) as nothing is certain in cricket. India had never lost a T20 World Cup match to Pakistan before. Cricket being ‘a glorious game of uncertainties’, a loss on an off-colour day was possible and acceptable, too. India Captain Virat Kohli hugging Mohammad Rizwan, the architect of the Pakistan win, raised his stature as a gentleman-cricketer. The larger picture here is that people in both countries cherish high-octane India-Pakistan encounters in the cricket field. In fact, the bonhomie among players reflected the mood of the people towards one another as well. It was unfortunate, however, that the corporate-owned and saffron-controlled social media chose to single out India’s ace fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, for the loss, with online abuses.

Haridasan Rajan, Kerala


Action harsh

Registration of FIRs against students of medical colleges in Srinagar for celebrating the sPakistan cricket team’s victory is unnecessary and unwarranted. Police action is harsh. Instead of resorting to vindictive action, the administration should try to ascertain the reasons why the students raised slogans in favour of Pakistan. It is our duty to inculcate nationalistic feelings among youngsters. Students should not play into the hands of anti-national forces. They should organise blood donation camps in colleges to give a message to the terrorists that blood should flow in veins, and not in drains. Blood donation is the noblest way to strengthen communal harmony, secularism and national integration.

Ajay Bagga, Hoshiarpur


Not wrong to cheer

Three Kashmiri students at an engineering institute in Agra were suspended on a complaint to the police by the sBJP Yuva Morcha leaders that they were praising the performance of the Pakistan team on WhatsApp. What’s wrong with praising the performance of a better team that won the match? Even the Indian team captain congratulated the captain of Pakistan. We should take it in the spirit of sportsmanship. Why have we become so intolerant?

Bhupinder Kochhar, Panchkula


Punish traitors

Refer to ‘Navy Commander, 2 retd officers held for leaking sub info’; terror will never end because we are not only surrounded by enemies at the border, but also with enemies among us. They are enjoying all benefits in our country, but are compromising its interests. They should be given exemplary punishment. They are just eating us internally. For money, these traitors are selling our nation.

DOLLY PAL, CHANDIGARH


Talk to Kashmiris

Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to J&K has taken place against the grim background of the killings of civilians. He highlighted the progress J&K has made since its reorganisation — jump in tourist inflow and the string of development and welfare projects. Whether or not politics in J&K has been any more or less corrupt than other parts of the country is anyone’s guess. The Centre has been successful in removing the question of independence or even autonomy from the conversation on Kashmir. But to pretend that there is no political question to be discussed or resolved is reckless. Now that the Centre has made the restoration of statehood as the endgame of an unclear political process, it must establish a mechanism for dialogue with the people.

VANDANA, CHANDIGARH


Price to pay

Apropos of ‘NCB’s credibility at stake’, political clout has long been known to seek compliance from law enforcement agencies for furthering party or personal agenda. It will be futile to estimate such misuse of power relative to any particular regime. But then, such obligations need to be repaid by the political class as the cost of compliance. As a fallout, we have seen many high-profile indiscretions coming to light. Misuse of systems should be considered far more lethal and deep rooted than, say, financial misappropriation. The common man ultimately pays the price for the insensitivity that then permeates through every system of governance.

R Narayanan, Navi Mumbai


NCB mess

Democracy can maintain its vibrancy only when law enforcing agencies and important institutions refuse to be used as tools by the powers that be, and have the guts to defy the wrong orders of the ruling dispensation which are generally given to stifle the voice of political adversaries and dissenters. The allegations against NCB Zonal Director are of a very serious nature and must be probed. If an officer is under fire, the government should ask the vigilance department to investigate the matter. When an officer plays a partisan role, only then does the government come to his rescue.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa


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Much to do Other

Oct 27, 2021

INSTEAD of patting our own back and making tall claims about the administration of a billion doses of Covid vaccine, we should pay a rich tribute to the doctors and other health workers who sacrificed their lives in saving Covid patients (‘1.15 lakh health workers died of Covid, says WHO’). India is not the first country in the world to reach 1 billion vaccination mark. Till all are fully vaccinated, we should not be euphoric. Countries like Denmark, Spain, France and Hungary have already started vaccinating children. Cuba has become the first country to vaccinate children as young as two months.

Sunil Chopra, Ludhiana


The 3 ‘Ws’ still relevant

Reference to ‘Responding to adversary with achievement’; ‘Team India’ led by PM Modi deserves to be congratulated. The achievement represents perfect synchronisation of 5 ‘Ms’ — men, money, material, marketing and manufacturing, borrowed from management skills. In this case, marketing refers to strategic planning, logistics and effective delivery mechanism during vaccination drives. The challenge to adapt to the new normal is still on and warrants the 3 ‘Ws’ — wash hands, watch your distance and wear a mask — as a habit.

PK Keshap, by mail


Reservation for women

Apropos of ‘40% seats for women’, Priyanka Gandhi’s promise of 40 per cent tickets to women candidates in the UP Assembly polls is a bold attempt by the Congress, and could also spill over from UP to other states like Punjab. The Congress has been unable to step up to the task of redefining itself in the face of caste-centric regional outfits and an ideologically aggressive BJP. The reservation could be Congress’ attempt to leap over its own weaknesses by appealing to a constituency that cuts across caste and community. Women have been breaking the glass ceiling in a range of sectors and coming of age amid social shifts and technological transitions. A beginning has been made in UP, but to take it forward much work remains to be done, both by the Congress and its competitors.

MONA SINGH, by mail


Accidents in hills

Apropos of ‘Road accidents in rural HP’, the zig-zag and spiral roads of rural areas are proving to be fatal. Despite the claims of the state government, there is no let-up in accidents. After each accident, promises are made to repair the dangerous spots, install crash barriers and parapets, but nothing happens on the ground. It is alarming that an average of three lives are lost every day in road accidents. Most accidents are happening due to drunk driving, overspeeding, dangerous driving on narrow roads with blind curves and the absence of crash barriers.

Sikandar Bansal. Shimla


China’s border law

Refer to ‘China’s new border law’; it may have serious ramifications for its border dispute with India. The new law aims to strengthen Beijing’s control over its border areas and signifies that its territorial integrity is absolute. The emphasis to build more border towns along the LAC and LoC makes it clear that China is in the long haul and wants to keep India on its toes. China is emerging as the largest trading partners with most countries in the region and is on the road to become the biggest military power as well. India needs to drastically change its current strategy vis-a-vis China, failing which it will end up ceding the disputed territories to it.

Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai


BSF’s control

It is shameful that the all-party meet convened by the state government urged the Centre to roll back notification on BSF jurisdiction in border districts. Is the BSF a foreign agency? Pakistan is continuously pushing in narcotics and weapons across the border by smuggling and through drones. If it is felt that broadening BSF’s operational jurisdiction may effectively deal with this menace, the move should be supported, and not opposed. When state agencies are ineffective in dealing with the tactics of the enemy for want of technological and combative capabilities, the controversial stand by the state government seems to be vague and lacks maturity.

Deepak, by mail


Spirit of cricket

Photographs of Virat Kholi and Mohammad Rizwan hugging each other after the match was bewitching, watching them like this gave a sense of relief that competition is competition until it ends (‘Not the end of the world’). The happy picture boosted Indian audience’s energy level. Once the game ends, everything should be the same. There should be no hatred, no violence. Both teams respect and support each other. The Pakistan team was intently listening to Dhoni.

Nikita Bhati, Bikaner


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State of Congress Other

Oct 26, 2021

Apropos of ‘Ailing Congress getting its act together’; not only the Congress party, but the Gandhi family also seems to be making efforts to stage a comeback in the ensuing elections to five state assemblies. Its fall-out will be seen in the 2024 General Election. But for this to happen, the party will have to do a balancing act and also act in tandem with like-minded parties. There is no notable competition or opposition within the Congress when the name of anyone from the Gandhi family surfaces for leading the party, but that makes their task even more challenging.

Sudershan Walia, Amritsar


DAP shortage

Apropos of ‘Amid shortage, farmers buy DAP above MRP’, it is intriguing that farmers are getting pushed from one chaos to another practically on streets against a government which seems to be in no mood to understand their frustration and helplessness. Agriculture was the saving grace throughout the pandemic giving a positive push to the efforts for economic recovery. Is the periodic requirement of DAP and other chemical nutrients not known in advance? Why could the supply chain not be tweaked in time to spare the farmers this situation? The shortage, real or imaginary and consequent panic hoarding and skyrocketing prices is a natural phenomenon to the disadvantage of farmers and can be avoided by an alert administration.

Gp Capt JS Boparai (retd), Bhadsali


SC prod to UP govt

Taking suo motu notice of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, the Supreme Court had to prod the UP government to do its job of conducting a proper investigation into the case. Yogi Adityanath’s government must recognise that its actions over the case are under close scrutiny by the public and the SC. The UP police must make up for the past lapses with a timely and sound chargesheet so that it inspires confidence.

PL Singh, by email


Loss to Pak

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was the cynosure of all eyes as India took on Pakistan in their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Men in Blue faced a humiliating loss to arch-rivals Pakistan. Twitterati wasn’t impressed with Kohli’s captaincy. As cricket lovers, we must respect good play and accept that Pakistan played better cricket.

Rajat Jain, Ujjain


Drug trade

Reference to ‘Needn’t punish possession of small quantity of drugs: Ministry’; this certainly would encourage more and more drug users as there will be no fear of any deterrent. Undoubtedly, the drug consumers, gullible youngsters in particular, need both sympathy and medical attention. But the drug trade also depends on small-time consumers, who never hold large quantity of drugs, and thus should not be given such freedom. The suggested treatment would be counter-productive to our effort to eradicate the illicit trade in drugs.

Balvinder, Chandigarh


Environmental disasters

The Western Ghats and Himalayas are vulnerable to various geophysical, hydrological and meteorological factors. Most of the states have promoted hasty industrialisation without adequate ecological risk analysis. Currently, our disaster management policies are influenced by during-disaster operations like rescue, relief and emergency rehabilitation. It, therefore, inherently ignores pre-disaster (mitigation and preparedness) and after-disaster management policies. Combining structural measures (physical construction of the reservoir, dredging of rivers to maintain ecological flow of rivers) with non-structural measures (public awareness, political intervention) would help to reduce the loss of lives and resources. Adopting urban policies in line with the Sendai framework to build resilient infrastructure is the need of the hour.

Dhawal Joshi, Churu


Revive Doordarshan

We have hundreds of TV channels today to toggle through but earlier, we only had the Doordarshan. It used to have programmes for all age-groups. It is not that DD was a lone rider, it did have competition but cable TV was still in its infancy then. The I&B Ministry should take steps to revive Doordarshan’s glory. It is in dire need of a makeover and should be re-launched with exciting shows.

Noopur Baruah, Tezpur


Support panchayats

Reference to ‘Incentivise industry, handhold the farmers’, it should be the collective responsibility of the citizens and farmers, putting the onus on farmers is not the right thing. We must have the will to support the panchayat or small-scale industry in managing the stubble.

Saranpal Singh, by mail


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Judicial intervention Other

Oct 25, 2021

Apropos of ‘For a Shaheen Bagh in Srinagar’ (Nous Indica), apologies to the apex court, but it, too, has a role to play in the unending problems of recent times in the Valley since September 2019 (abrogation of Art 370). It has gone slow on the petitions filed on the matter. Many precious lives could have been saved by the timely intervention/ action by the SC. Politicians are the same everywhere, but the judiciary is expected to give relief to all and sundry, especially in the times of crisis confronted by the nation. Suo motu provisions are at the disposal of the judiciary where the administration fails to take timely action. The mass exit of non-Muslims from the Valley, for decades now, is a matter of shame for the nation. Theocratic practice is being promoted in a democratic state with no solution in sight. This situation gives a handle to the RSS/BJP to justify and promote ‘Hindutva agenda’ with impunity.

BM SINGH, AMRITSAR


Minority perspective

Majority ought not browbeat minority — be it in a village, town, state or even in legislature (‘For a Shaheen Bagh in Srinagar’). The need of the hour is to redefine minority perspective from the prevailing overall national to the state, or even village level, as there have been upheavals galore where fundamentalists in the so-called national minorities are in majority to impose their socio-religious practices in the neighbourhood to the detriment of the rule of law. Jammu and Kashmir perennially bears the brunt of misadventures sponsored from across the border, but that cannot survive without local support. Netas and the public must bear in mind that upon the conduct of each, depends the fate of all.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula


Shah’s J-K visit

Refer to ‘Amit Shah arrives in Srinagar’; his visit to the Valley was long overdue in the wake of the recent spurt in terror attacks. His visit aims at reviewing the security situation, flagging off the Srinagar-Sharjah flight and visiting bereaved families, victims of terrorism. One wishes that the elaborate security arrangements made for him continue even after his return to Delhi. Sleeper cells of various terrorist outfits are coming out of their hide-outs and attacks can’t be ruled out. Every human life is equally precious.

Kumar Gupt, New Delhi


Vaccination drive

Apropos of ‘Beyond vaccine century’, the nation is rightly proud of the great milestone achieved. There were ups and downs, but the campaign continued in the right direction, despite initial hesitancy, misleading propaganda, logistic chain and supply hold-ups, lack of coordination between the Centre and states and financial constraints, but ultimately, the efforts paid off. Our scientific community, doctors and frontline health workers rose to the occasion and rightly deserve gratitude from the nation. The government has done its duty. But waxing eloquent about it needs to be avoided, as it may unnecessarily divide people and blunt the efforts to combat Covid-19. People’s cooperation is vital to continue with preventive measures and social protocol, especially during the coming festivals. Complacency and lowering guard hold the potential to wash away all the good work achieved so far.

GP CAPT JS BOPARAI (RETD), BHADSALI


Border fencing

Refer to ‘South of Pir Panjal poses counter-terror challenges’; penetrable terrain starts from Bamial bulge in Punjab up to Sawjian Valley, Poonch. Seemingly plain area is criss-crossed by rivulets and nullahs covered with tall elephant grass, making observation difficult. Mountainous terrain is steep and forested, with a lot of gorges and gaps. Under these circumstances, it is an arduous job to fence the whole stretch of the IB and LoC. Militants and terrorists move with guides, who bring them from across, provide shelter and logistics for operations. Drones also drop the consignments to reach the enemy’s reliable local agents. Intelligence system, surveillance mechanism and infrastructure to intercept the infiltrators need a lot of improvement. The aim should be to achieve zero infiltration by deploying modern, advanced techniques and tactics to neutralise the terrorists at the border only.

SUBHASH VAID, NEW DELHI


Yet another sop

Our political parties have lost credibility due to their failure to deliver. It has become an obligatory exercise for our leaders to announce freebies ahead of polls (‘Smartphones, scooties to girls if voted to power: Priyanka in UP’). This is detrimental to the idea of participatory democracy as it compromises the integrity of free and fair elections. Lured, the gullible people lose their right to select a government that looks after their interests. It also puts extra burden on the public exchequer. We need to elect visionary, honest and dedicated leaders. Parties should refrain from fooling the electorate. Instead, they should focus on good governance and endeavour to address the problems facing the country. The Congress should set its house in order to win the confidence of the people.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur


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Let NCB do its job Other

Oct 23, 2021

It is strange that the media is showing undue enthusiasm in advocating the case of Aryan Khan. Nawab Malik, a minister in the Maharashtra Government, has gone a step further by threatening to put in jail the NCB Zonal Director. The NCB is doing its job in a professional manner. The state government is already busy saving Anil Deshmukh, former home minister, in an extortion case. The government should allow the truth to come out in the open in the Aryan case. The government or its ministers should not try to influence the opinion of the court.

Ravinder Kumar Jain, Ludhiana


Mundra consignment

Refer to ‘Aryan awaits bail’; the probe into drug peddling in Bollywood started only when the widely publicised investigation into the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput seemed to be heading up a blind alley. Now, a superstar’s son is in judicial custody in a case filed by the NCB. In September, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence unearthed a consignment of 3,000 kg of heroin that arrived at the Adani-owned Mundra Port from Afghanistan. In the international market, its value was estimated to be Rs 21,000 crore. It has now come to light that there was a ‘dry run’ in June 2021. Reports suggest that the dry run consignment from Afghanistan was much bigger. Yet, no information is available in the public domain about the kingpins of such massive ‘imports.’

Haridasan Rajan, Kerala


Grant bail

The arrest of Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan and several others for allegedly consuming unspecified narcotics has kick-started a national conversation. The effect of granting bail is not to set the accused free, but to release him from custody by undertaking that he/she shall appear at the time and place designated and submit him/her to the jurisdiction and judgment of the court. Aryan has cooperated with the NCB in the investigation. There seems to be no justification to extend his judicial custody till October 30.

SS Paul, Nadia


Withdraw agitation

The SC taking a stern view of perpetual blockage of roads by agitating farmers, overlooking the hardships suffered by millions of commuters, has given a ray of hope to the common man. The agitation by farmers seems to have lost direction. They only seem to be adopting a hostile posture against the BJP government. If farmers’ bodies are serious about resolving the issues arising out of the new farm laws, they should do away with the precondition of abrogation of laws before any talks with the government. Meaningful talks take place only by sitting across the table and discussing points of concern. Some untoward incidents have also taken place at protest sites, bringing a bad name to the agitation and earning the ire of the public. Any further continuance of the agitation is going to be counterproductive.

Yoginder Singhal, Ladwa


Democracy & dissent

Peaceful protests were the norm in Gandhi’s times, but nowadays, the protests are of violent nature, often leading to loss of lives and destruction of national assets. Commuters have to bear the brunt of these weapons of democracy in the guise of the fundamental right of freedom of expression. The statement that democracy and dissent go well together is a manifestation of a vibrant democracy, but protesters who are going the extra mile and bringing railway and road traffic to a halt must be punished.

Kumar Rajesh, SOLAN


Congress dead-end

For those who have been seeking organisational overhaul in the Congress following the party’s debacle in the 2019 polls, the October 16 meeting of the Congress Working Committee was a disappointment. Senior party leader Kapil Sibal was correct in his perception when he stated that the party had no president. But Sonia Gandhi believes otherwise and thinks that she is a full-time president. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma are of the view that Rahul Gandhi should return as Congress president. But Rahul Gandhi has not made up his mind. The party is still at the crossroads. One wonders when course correction is likely to come for the Congress.

Devendra Khurana, Bhopal


Why the shortage?

Apropos of ‘DAP shortage’, the shortage of DAP, coal and corona vaccine have been recent headlines. Are these shortages genuine? The DAP and coal requirements are a regular annual affair. Corona vaccine was emergency requirement, but that also was not planned which caused shortage. There is a need to decentralise powers so that all ministries work independently for the smooth flow of necessary goods to the people. The looting of DAP by farmers cannot be justified. Time has come to solve farmers’ problems rather than increasing their woes.

Wg Cdr JS Minhas (retd), Mohali


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Armed and ready Other

Oct 22, 2021

Refer to ‘Army adopts integrated war-fighting doctrine at LAC to hold back China’; availability of overwhelming firepower and surveillance support has now allowed the Army units to function in smaller battle groups vis-à-vis earlier days when the crunch of resources led to the sharing of these resources all along the frontline — a nightmare to execute at all levels. The sub-unit battle groups are now enabled to detect and destroy enemy intrusions without seeking permission and waiting for allotment of firepower. This is an apt strategy because China seems prepared to carry out offensives on a wider frontage, in an attempt to overwhelm our defence. The new strategy can be a much greater success if the IAF’s air power is also made available at the beck and call of the troops on the ground. The government needs to complete the process of theaterisation for that to happen.

Pankaj, Kalka


Why no teachers?

‘No English, maths teacher in Haripur’ shows a grim situation of higher education in Himachal Pradesh. How can graduation students study without teachers of their subjects concerned? Simply having a good literary rate in order to get recognition in national level reports is not necessary. Good quality education is essential. What will the students do with the new building of the college if there are no teachers? What about other colleges? There is a need to have better cadre management in the higher education department to resolve such issues urgently.

Ritish Pandit, Sunhet


BSF jurisdiction

Reference to ‘Attack on federalism won’t accept it: CM’; the decision to increase BSF’s jurisdiction in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam is ostensibly linked to securing the three border states in view of heavy seizures of drugs and weapons and concerns over cross-border infiltration by militants. In the backdrop of the deteriorating security environment, the jurisdiction of BSF has been extended only with respect to powers of search, seizure and arrest, which it currently has under the CrPC and Passport Act. No state should have any problem with regard to improving national security. Coordination with state police is crucial for both forces to understand their accountability and prevent blame game when slip-ups happen. But the state governments should have been brought on board.

PL SINGH, by mail


Not Guru’s ideals

Refer to the killing of a man at the Singhu border, on the one hand, we have this gruesome murder, and on the other, we have the instance of the 40 ‘muktas’, where the Guru himself fed injured enemy soldiers. It is shameful that the brutal murder is being celebrated by some elements.

Anil Puri, by mail


Taliban horror

The beheading of a junior volleyball woman player in Afghanistan by the Taliban curdles the blood and leaves one dazed and depressed at the ghastly and barbaric act. How long will the UN and other nations keep their eyes and ears shut to the cruelties being unleashed on innocent people of the war-ravaged country? Does this inhuman behaviour not shake the conscience of the powers that claim to be civilised and militarily strong? Where is the humanitarian aspect of their culture? When will this savagery end? Are we not put to shame and remorse?

Chaman Arora, Ferozepur


Plans for Punjab

Kejriwal’s pronouncement to give incentives to industrialists and entrepreneurs to establish their businesses in Punjab should be welcomed by one and all. It will boost the state’s economy and generate job opportunities for the youth. The SAD and the Congress have been at the helm of affairs since Independence, but no serious and concrete initiatives have been taken in this direction. Their policies only resulted in the state’s increased debt. Kejriwal is performing very well in every sphere in New Delhi, despite limited powers. The Delhi Government is a role model for the whole country.

BANSI RAM RAHUL, Hoshiarpur


Mega alliance likely

A mega political ‘mahagathbandhan’ is likely to take place in Punjab, in which the Akalis, Capt Amarinder with a new party, and the BJP will come together to run the state. There is ruckus in the state in the absence of political stability and the state machinery has lost its ground, for now. A solid formation is the need of the hour in the border state so that peace is maintained.

Rukma Sharma, Jalandhar


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Military power Other

Oct 21, 2021

Apropos of ‘Challenges in India’s bid to be military power’, it will take long to achieve self-reliance. It is this state of affairs of our armed forces that China takes for granted and never fails to showcase us as a second-rung military and economic power. It is evident from China’s arrogant conduct, be it during the talks or at the LAC. India is doing well to diversify its arms procurement from the US, Israel, Europe and Russia. But boots on the ground are essential. Even as 1 Corps and 17 Mountain Corps are fully deployed on the ground, there is an urgent need to raise two more corps. More budgetary allocation will have to be made.

Lt Col GS Bedi (Retd), Mohali


Board exam challenge

Refer to ‘CBSE exam dates’; the foremost challenge is that in Term I, the paper pattern is based on MCQs. As a teacher, I feel that these questions are double-edged swords. Students can score full marks, but if they get it wrong, they lose all. The concept of the precious ‘half mark’ is gone. MCQs typically affect two types of students: those who score 90s and the others who are below average. They have to tread cautiously. A detailed study of the topics is needed. In English paper, even in composition (letter, article, speech writing etc.) there are MCQs, which is an injustice, not only with the language, but also with students. It mars the thinking power of the student, which is the primary aim of any composition.

Bir Devinder S Bedi, Sangrur


Not in spirit of Sikhism

The murder of a Dalit at the hands of Nihangs at Singhu border is a heinous crime which needs to be condemned by all sections of society. Navjot Sidhu and party made a beeline for Lakhimpur Kheri and announced Rs 50 lakh each for the families of the farmers killed in the unfortunate incident. But nobody visited the victim’s family in Punjab nor was any relief announced. No words of sympathy were expressed for the aggrieved family by the Punjab Government nor the SGPC. Some elements are projecting the Nihangs as heroes. Guru Granth Sahib is respected by all communities and its teachings are for everyone, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. Politicians and some others who are raking up this issue and supporting the violence lack knowledge about Sikhism. Our Gurus never approved attacks on unarmed persons. This can be read in ‘Babar Vani’, where Guru Nanak condemned Babar for attacking innocents by his armed soldiers. He was called a savage. People must understand Sikhism in its real spirit.

Oma Kant Tewari, Mohali


Not quite educated

In response to ‘What it is to be educated’, are we really educated? India is producing illiterates with ‘high class of education’, but they lacked common sense. We park our vehicles in no-parking zone and we spit where it is prohibited. In the age of nano technology, our education falters. Mutual trust, helping attitude and empathy towards the needy were at the lowest during the Covid second wave. The government should set up parameters that can infuse new hope in the youth, instead of spreading the venom of hate with regard to class, religion and caste. Education should be redefined.

Jasvinder S Humsafar, Maloudh


Okay to forget

Refer to ‘Forgetting to remember’; forgetfulness is actually a bliss, and to remember unpleasant and irritating things and events is foolish, particularly during old age. Forgetfulness is associated with old age, but it should not be added to the growing ailments of the elderly. Cheerfulness and a positive mindset is essential. I recollect some wise lines that I chanced upon during my college days, 60 years ago: Forget the slander you have heard/ Forget the nasty, unkind word/Forget the quarrel and the cause/Forget the whole affair, because/Forgetting is the kindest way/Forget the hurts of yesterday/Forget the chap whose doleful face/Forgets to smile in any place/Forget the weather, if it is bad/ Forget you’re not a millionaire/ Forget the grey streaks in your hair.

AN SHARMA, Dharamsala


Display coach numbers

Punjab Mail Special (02137-02138) runs between Ferozepur and Mumbai and has 22 coaches. There is no provision of display of coach numbers at the railway platform of the Kotkapura junction before the arrival of the train. This causes a lot of problems to passengers. There is a gap of 15 coaches between the first AC coach and general coach, which makes it impossible to board the required coach as the train stops for only two minutes at Kotkapura. Keeping in view the hardship faced by women and senior citizens, the railway authorities should make arrangements to display the coach numbers so as to avoid incomvenience to passengers.

Raj Kumar Aggarwal, Kotkapura


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Amit Shah not wrong Other

Oct 20, 2021

Apropos of ‘What it is to be educated?’ no nation can progress as long as it has a large population of illiterate people. Besides honestly paying taxes, the educated employed have little time for altruism. In the ultimate analysis, it is not the governmental sops, but the individual’s drive, initiative and hard work that helps one progress in life, for which a sound education is an essential prerequisite. Life is all about survival of the fittest. One reason why freebies decide the fate of many elections in India is the illusory feeling of prosperity and entitlement it confers on the recipients, who don’t seem to realise that there are no free lunches in economics. The Home Minister should be complimented and not chastised for calling a spade a spade.

V Jayaraman, Chennai


Real education

Apropos of ‘What it is to be educated’, a student goes through the challenges of a transitional era in terms of history and culture. Life itself is a grand teacher. In the history of man, before the emergence of educational institutions, men were ‘educated’ and wise, too. Education is not the monopoly of schools and universities only. Shakespeare was not a university wit, but today, every university wit pays homage to him. Wellington, Napoleon, and even Churchill, were not the best in school. We are assessing the importance of everything by its volume. Material prosperity is judged by the rise and fall of per capita income. The strength of a country is evaluated in terms of the number of nuclear weapons. Education is not the amount of information one has. Of what use are the fragments of knowledge?

Anil Bhatia, Hisar


Reschedule, don’t waive

Waiver of bills or writing off loans sets a wrong precedent (‘Punjab Cabinet waives Rs 1,868 crore water bills’). The so-called weaker sections of society is exempt from payment of such bills. Some members of this section in Punjab have monthly income in six digits and still enjoy the doles offered by the state government. This step will burden the honest taxpayers in the form of new taxes. Payment of bills should be rescheduled, not waived.

Upendra sharma, by mail


Farm export policy

Refer to ‘Stable, long-term policies can turn the tide’; in spite of government claims, the condition of farmers has not changed and the recent laws won’t be helpful, unless the government comes up with a concrete farmer-friendly export policy. Area-specific crops should be encouraged, with government support of quality seeds, fertilisers and guidance by the experts to meet the international export standard of commodities. The government must create storage facilities at the district level and ensure the supply lines to facilitate speedy movement of grains for export. It must also work on the diplomatic front to ward off the pressure tactics of European countries to discourage our export. Over and above, the local marketing system should be made farmer friendly to enable them to benefit through the MSP system.

Darshan Singh Bhathal, Nangal


The US tilt

India’s tilt towards the US may invite the wrath of the anti-America lobby (‘Multilateral track’). India was at its best when it devised and propagated non-alignment. We need to take a cue from our past that equivocation is the best strategy for developing nations like us. The importance of US in world politics is imminent but the past loyalty of Russia cannot be ignored. Israel can be a good ally but the Arab world is a necessity for our oil-centric economy.

SANDEEPAN, Panchkula


Full-time Cong president

With regard to ‘Congress prez poll by Sept 20 next year’; the Congress has not had a full-time president since Rahul Gandhi stepped down after the party’s defeat in the 2019 General Election. An ailing Sonia Gandhi had returned as interim president because the party could not convince Rahul to stay on or find a replacement for him. The ad hoc nature of the arrangement has caused a communication breakdown within the party, which has contributed to the emergence of the G-23, which has indicated its preference for a more transparent and collective leadership. In the absence of regular meetings and a clear chain of command, the Congress has been making mistakes, resulting in a loss of direction and the shrinking of its electoral footprint. The most important task is to put in place an institutional mechanism for the party to respond quickly and collectively to political challenges.

MS KHOKHAR, by mail


J&K situation

Refer to ‘Army Chief on two-day Jammu visit’; the situation in J&K is very tense. The targeted killings of non-locals and minorities has led to fear in the mind of residents and migrants who came for employment opportunities. The security forces must chalk out a plan to tackle this situation and build confidence in the minds of the people.

Ritish Pandit, Sunhet


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Minority rights Other

Oct 19, 2021

Apropos of ‘Minority rights’; religious bigotry and frenzy is ruling the roost, especially in South Asian countries. In countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, minorities are perceived to be under attack. In India, the policy of majoritarianism which was almost non-existent during the Nehruvian era, has come to prevail in a virulent way now. Cases of lynching have escalated. The perception is gaining ground that the minorities are not safe in India either. Since the policy of majoritarianism pays rich political dividends, polarisation of society along communal lines has become a major poll plank of the current political dispensation.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa


Attack on federalism

Apropos of ‘Jurisdiction row’, it is shocking to know that the Home Ministry has authorised the BSF to undertake search, seizure, etc., within 50 km from the international border in Punjab and West Bengal whereas the area for Gujarat has been reduced. This is an attack on the principle of federalism. The BSF is a Central paramilitary force which reports to the Union government whereas the police is a state subject. The duty of the BSF is to ensure the security of the borders and to prevent smuggling and other illegal activities. In the modern era of improved communication, the BSF can contact the police immediately after it makes an arrest or seizure and the police can reach them quickly. It is hard to reconcile the arguments for increasing the border area for Punjab and Bengal with the simultaneous reduction in Gujarat where 3,000 kg of heroin was seized from a port.

RS SEMBHI, Ludhiana


Acid test for Congress

The Congress has decided to continue under the current president till the formal party polls are held next year. It must realise that if it slips further electorally next year, its political recovery could be more uphill. The first task of its president is to unify its upper echelons by tasking a broad representative group to hear out different views and drive a general consensus. She needs to empower an enlarged team, which should crystallise the party manifesto for Assembly elections next year. A third group needs to have a dialogue with other Opposition parties with earnestness and pragmatism. The Congress must think beyond retaining political relevance and resolve to win. An acid test awaits the party.

R Narayanan, Navi Mumbai


Plying illegally

The recent step taken by the new Punjab transport minister against private bus operators who were running their buses without valid permits and road taxes is a welcome move. This has led to the non-plying of a number of private buses. But the question arises as to why was action not taken since the formation of the new government? Had former transport ministers intentionally helped them or were they unaware about the fact? Even transport department officials seem to be on good terms with the transport mafia. The new Cabinet should fix the responsibility for the loss to state exchequer and deal with such people with an iron hand.

NAVNEET SETH, DHURI


Food for thought

On April 20, 2020, we had a stock of 524.5 million tonnes of foodgrain, but despite such a buffer stock, India ranked 94 among 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index report. This year, our position has further deteriorated, where India has moved down to the 101st position. The claims of the government that it has given foodgrains to 80 crore stand belied since there have been continuous media reports about starvation deaths across the nation. Our food systems need to be re-designed for equity, sustainability and nutrition, which is not possible in a corporatised world.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh


Hunger pangs

Apropos of ‘Hunger index ignominy’, India dropping low on the index is not new. The rapid economic growth over the past three decades has witnessed persistence of hunger and malnourishment, especially among children.Our problem is not the lack of food but the lack of access to food for millions. To overcome the problem, food distribution needs to be decentralised with a political will.

Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai


BJP’s downfall

Refer to ‘Power trip gone too far’; it does not view the nation’s scenario with a broad-based perspective but with a limited outlook. Dark days may be ahead for our democracy, but the moot question is where are our veteran Margdarshak Mandal stalwarts? Why have they been mum on the hardships faced by the masses? Why just UP, the BJP’s downfall is imminent across the nation.

PK Sharma, Barnala


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Not enough food Other

Oct 18, 2021

It is unfortunate to note India’s ranking in the Global Hunger Index report. All our neighbouring countries like China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh are better placed than us. The right to food is a fundamental right enshrined in the Constitution. It is a pity that even after more than seven decades of Independence, we have not been able to provide adequate food to our people. The passing of buck to previous governments won’t help resolve this problem. After over seven years in power, it is high time for the present government to formulate a pragmatic policy to get out of this ignominy.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar


Crying foul

Reference to ‘Hunger index ignominy’; the low rank made the government cry foul about the methodology of the index. The government is given to highlighting ordinary facts and figures as special ones; it must digest this index, too, with the same spirit. To depict in a bad light the observations of the Food and Agriculture Organisation reflects the poor spirit of our policymakers. Healthy criticism must be welcomed.

Rakesh Sudan, by mail


Combat hunger

The fact that India has slipped to the 101st rank is a matter of serious concern and needs to be addressed urgently (‘Hunger index ignominy’). The calculation done on four indicators — undernourishment, child wasting, child-stunting and child mortality — clearly indicates that hunger has struck India. Every possible effort should be made by the government to make the country hunger-free.

Satish Sharma Majra, Kaithal


Singhu horror

It was shocking to read about the chilling lynching of a man, allegedly by Nihangs, at the Singhu border. His body was found hanging, with the legs broken and a hand chopped off. The incident is a gruesome repeat of the medieval justice system but has no place in present-day modern society.

Abhash Simba, Panchkula


Call off agitation

Refer to ‘Man’s mutilated body found at Singhu border’; the brutal murder has brought a bad name to the farmers’ agitation. There is no place for violence, be it Lakhimpur or Singhu protest site. The stir seems to have been hijacked by some bad elements and is no more under the control of the kisan unions. The Kisan Morcha disowning the killers is not enough. It should call off the agitation since it has taken an ugly turn now. The government and the farmers should meet midway to resolve the issue. Call off the agitation. The farmers should know that they are fast losing the sympathy of the people.

WG CDR CL SEHGAL (RETD), JALANDHAR


Qualities of a leader

Apropos of ‘Power trip gone too far’, an insecure and indecisive leader can neither inspire nor lead the masses. Overconfidence, self-indulgence, superiority and a know-it-all attitude suppress the virtues of compassion and empathy that befit a leader. A successful and effective leader is one who maintains a balance between a healthy sense of self and modesty.

Anita Kataria, Patiala


Overdependence on coal

Refer to ‘Power pangs’; the current precarious power situation, triggered by the apparent shortage of coal at thermal power-generating plants across the country, is being lamented citing several reasons. Undoubtedly, it has now become imperative to devise ways, means and methodologies to reduce overdependence on coal for power generation (about 52% of total power generation in India is coal based). Two aspects need to be looked into: First, the reluctance to optimally tap sources of renewable energy has to be shed. Generation of hydro-power, tidal power, solar power, wind power, etc. should be encouraged. Second, mandatory provision of the use of alternative fossil fuel for providing necessary heat energy required for boilers to produce steam in thermal power generating plants has to be considered seriously.

Krishan Kant Sood, Nangal


Why the delay?

Covaxin will eventually be ready to be administered to the children falling under the 2-18 age group after getting the final approval from the DCGI. What is surprising is that Bharat Biotech has not yet been able to get the Emergency Use Authorisation from the WHO. Is the WHO biased against us, or is there some nasty play going on, which India is unaware of? We bear testimony to the fact that Covaxin may not be the world’s best vaccine, but it’s definitely one of the best. India also needs to bolster procedures for vaccinating children as they have started going to school. Don’t delay kids’ vaccination drive.

Anushka Panwar, by mail


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Talk to Valley leaders Other

Oct 16, 2021

‘Listen to Farooq Abdullah’ rightly places the onus on arriving at a solution for the settlement of the J&K problem on those who struggle to see the reality through the ‘Hindutva goggles’. It is time that these learned men grab the opportunity to resolve the issues, whilst the leadership in the Valley is amenable to talks and is prepared to endorse the accession of the state to India and subsequent developments. Sheikh Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah have been the main architects of the arrangement that exists. No one denies that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the only ruler who could oust the 300-year Afghan reign over the Valley and incorporate the area with his empire in Punjab. The ‘goggles’ need to be cast aside to get a correct perspective and move forward to restore the status of the state. This would calm the agitated Kashmiris. The entire region is in a state of turmoil and we need to complete the settlement within our areas of geopolitical interest at the earliest.

Mohanpal Singh, by mail


More powers to BSF

The decision of the Centre to extend BSF powers up to 50 km from 15 km at present from the international boundary (zero line) has been necessitated by latest technical advances being used by trans-border criminals. The most prominent is drone operations in border areas by such elements. The earlier limit of 15 km was guided by the fact that crimes were committed mostly on foot or by using vehicles in areas adjacent to the border belt only. Instances of a drone dropping weapons or narcotics or fake currency quite deep into the hinterland are recent happenings. This is an effective and timely response to meet these challenges to safeguard national security. But this extension in limit is no alternative to development of anti-drone technology which should get higher priority. Its effective use by our border men with proper training is another issue which needs immediate planning and implementation. The BSF can be in a better position to meet such challenges with the effective cooperation of residents of the border areas and other agencies, including the state police.

Jagir S Sran, DIG (retd), BSF, Faridkot


Unkept promises

Refer to promises made to the voters about sops. Didn’t we hear about promises made in the previous elections: providing jobs, eliminating the drug menace and much more? There should be a process of recall for those who do not keep their promises. Voters have the right to expect governance and fulfilment of promises, and not mere slogans.

GS Kingra, by mail


Bereft of logic

Based chiefly on another popular columnist’s sayings, ‘More than meets the eye’ does not have much meat in it. The writer’s attack on the media for highlighting a popular actor’s son in a drug-related case than on the huge quantum of drug seizure at a privately owned port is misplaced. The media, now a commercial venture, has to sell only what is saleable. And his illogical effort to exonerate drug consumers is laughable. Because without these so-called small-time consumers, the large-scale unlawful drug trade cannot survive even for a day.

Balvinder, Chandigarh


Fall in medical ethics

‘Regulate private hospitals’ is timely. One of the first questions a patient’s relatives are asked, at the time of admission, is whether the payment will be in cash, or by the insurance company, and in case of the latter, the amount of coverage available. Thereafter, none can question the hospital on the line of treatment followed, or whether a test or scan is necessary. During the peak of the pandemic, life-saving injections Remdesivir and Tocilizumab were reportedly sold on the black market, with the connivance of some hospitals, doctors and pharmacists. When an institution is answerable to none, arbitrariness is inevitable. While private hospitals don’t work for charity, to extract their pound of flesh from patients speaks poorly of medical ethics. Another fallout of this is the steep annual hike in insurance premium. Unless the government steps in to effectively stem the rot, there is no hope for patients, especially the senior citizens of India.

V Jayaraman, Chennai


Long wait for approval

Covaxin for kids should be a great relief for parents who are scared of sending their children to school due to the forebodings of a possible third wave of Covid. But the long wait for its approval from the WHO is still a stumbling block for international travel. When public figures like our PM and many eminent doctors of a prestigious institute like the AIIMS went for the Covaxin jab, no one thought that it would take so long to be recognised. Approval delayed, further delayed are the repeated headlines that have been keeping the public on tenterhooks.

Sadhna Saini, by mail


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More powers to BSF Other

Oct 15, 2021

Refer to ‘Giving BSF more powers attack on federalism, claim leaders’, it can’t be refuted that the youth of Punjab has been ruined by drugs being smuggled from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The police and politicians are running this racket. Why is there such a hue and cry if the BSF has extended its jurisdiction 50 km from the international border? Drugs and weapons are dropped by drones in border areas and the police lack the will to check it due to high-level corruption. Whenever there is a crisis, don’t the states call the Army to help? The state police is not doing its duty well. Illegal mining is going on, tippers loaded with sand are seen everywhere, private buses are being operated without permit. Giving more powers to the BSF should be seen as a temporary arrangement to deal with an explosive situation.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Mohali


Heart to heart

When the heart speaks, the truth lying buried in a person’s heart comes out (‘Kashmir will remain part of India: Farooq Abdullah’). He echoes a true Kashmiri spirit, devoid of political colours and compulsions. The Abdullahs have been nationalists. This trait sets them apart from the other political players in the troubled state. Abdullah is a leader of the Kashmiri people whose good offices can be made better use of, if the present dispensation earnestly desires a practically viable solution to Kashmir’s ailments. Problems can be better diagnosed by physicians rooted in the ground.

DV Sharma, Mukerian


Appointment of Pro-VCs

It appears that the Haryana government is contemplating to appoint Pro-VCs to ‘help’ VCs in administrative work. In all probability, these posts will be filled by middle-ranking bureaucrats who may undermine the position of VCs by becoming an alternative centre of power. Such an arrangement does not exist anywhere. It may be disastrous for the university system as there may not be cohesiveness between the two top functionaries of the university and thus will create confusion. An alternative suggestion may be to have a Pro-VC appointed by the VC whose position may be co-terminus.

SP SINGH, KURUKSHETRA


Covaxin credibility

Refer to ‘Covaxin for kids’; a major problem that has not been addressed is the credibility of Covaxin. Those who intend to travel abroad prefer Covishield because of global acceptance. It is a surprising that Bharat Biotech has not yet been able to get emergency use authorisation from the WHO. If Covaxin for adults has not been authorised by the WHO, when will the vaccine receive authorisation for use among children? How many trials were conducted on children before Covaxin was cleared as a first step for administering the vaccine to children. It is incumbent on the Indian State to convince agencies like the WHO on the efficacy and safety of the vaccine. It is expected from the government that qualitative approach will be adopted and not quantitative while giving the final clearance.

Yash Pal Ralhan, Jalandhar


Cut fuel tax

Apropos of ‘Cut taxes on fuel, traders urge govt’; petrol and diesel are on the verge of becoming a luxury than a necessity. According to data, the Centre collects a levy of Rs 33 per litre compared to the state’s levy of Rs 20. In a situation of distress and panic, where people are losing jobs and businesses overnight, and where farmers are protesting for basic rights, isn’t it the duty of the state governments to take some load off? Filling up road pits, delivering promising speeches, and holding rallies won’t prevent burning a hole in people’s pockets. Relief is much needed.

Dhriti Anand, Ludhiana


Gati Shakti

Apropos of ‘Gati Shakti plan’, India has witnessed many reforms after Independence. Gati Shakti is a great initiative to reach the height of development. By making it available to corroborate interdepartmental projects on a single platform, this plan is going to be a milestone to resuscitate many department workforce and make liaison with one another, to execute the plan in a time-bound manner and reduce the logistic costs. The most important thing is that it would constitute panchayat-level plans. It will save time as well as taxpayers’ money, and will result in more development projects.

Prabhash kumar, Dharamsala


Shooting champions

In the recently concluded ISSF Junior World Shooting Championship at Lima, the Indian team has done wonders. Not only has our country topped the medals tally, but also it has routed the mighty US. This is possibly a first in any international competition. Kudos to the youngsters who have performed this miracle. We need to build on this feat and prepare them to take on bigger challenges in future. They need to be suitably honoured and rewarded.

HARJAS BAINS, BASSI PATHANA


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Political appointment Other

Oct 14, 2021

Apropos of ‘State varsities to get Pro- VCs now’; it is a political decision to adjust incompetent, superannuated cronies. The post would create an unnecessary burden on the exchequer without making any improvement in the quality of higher education and university administration. Unfortunately, the illusions of power that go with administrative positions have spread to the universities. There are few learned men in our seats of learning who do not yearn for any administrative status. And outside the universities, the hierarchical pattern, with the bureaucratic administrator at the apex, prevails in all areas of education. The VCs should be proud men who depart while they are still being pressed to stay. A university grows through new ideas and through interaction among academics, unhampered by thoughts of hierarchy. No true academic community can be other than democratic. Even the coveted post of VC has lost its sanctity and dignity due to undue political and bureaucratic interference.

Anil Bhatia, Hisar


Ban pre-poll promises

Ahead of the elections in half a dozen states across the country, the Prime Minister, chief ministers, ministers and other MPs/MLAs have started taking the public for a ride by making promises of free electricity, loan waiver, distribution of laptops, etc. This practice is wrong. Some time back, the Punjab CM had also announced that those living within lal dora would be allotted land in their names. It is not even legal. There are several cases for this in various courts. How can they provide facilities they promise without providing budget for the same? The Election Commission and the SC should take notice of such announcements and ban them. Further, the PM should not be allowed for election rallies since he is meant for the country, not for one party alone.

SC Dhall, Zirakpur


Performance index

The Performance Grading Index measuring the performance of states in school education places Punjab in Grade 1 with 929 points followed by Chandigarh with a score of 912. Haryana is behind with 862. Governance is a major area in evaluation. NEP-2020 has spoken enough about it. Haryana should lead with a necessary shift in the administrative paradigm. The head of a school has a significant role in governance. The leadership cell in SCERT should be strengthened to initiate induction courses and in-service training courses of longer duration in collaboration with NIEPA. Leadership in governance and management should be upgraded in pre-service teacher education courses. Other parameters should also be implemented.

S KUMAR, PANCHKULA


Power crisis

The so-called power crisis seems to be due to lack of coordination between the Centre and state power utilities, as the Central government has been repeatedly denying any coal or power shortage. The Centre should take command and handle it, as done in the past for oxygen cylinders and vaccination during the pandemic, so that consumers do not suffer. After all, we have an integrated national power grid.

NK SINGHAL, NOIDA


Defensive approach

Our security forces have been facing a challenging task for long, with Pakistan relentlessly promoting cross-border terrorism as state policy. The Pakistan army is fighting a proxy war which is low cost, but more effective. We are still sticking to a defensive approach for countering threats. We fail to take a proactive and preemptive approach towards state-sponsored threat that is actually an open war. Our security forces must be provided with state-of-the-art weapons, drones and surveillance equipment to check infiltration across the LoC. There should be zero tolerance towards terrorism.

Deepak Mehra, by mail


Law not same for all

The Lakhimpur Kheri incident has exposed the mindset of those in power. Previously, we witnessed the Hathras incident, where a rape victim was murdered and the body cremated without the consent of her family. And now, peaceful protesters are trodden upon by a powerful person. Facts are clear but the justice process starts days later. Does this happen with the common man? Salman Khan allegedly ran over people under his car, but he couldn’t be proved guilty. Law should be the same for all, whether he is a king or a courtier.

SAROJ BANYAL, HAMIRPUR


Tracking pvt buses

Apropos of ‘Tracking system to cover private buses: Warring’, he deserves kudos for introducing the tracking system in state-owned buses and extending it to private buses in Punjab. I had to travel in an AC coach from Faridkot to Ludhiana. After Moga, the AC was switched off and the driver started plying the vehicle like a passenger bus. AC coaches of even PR/PUNBUS stop for a longer period and then drivers indulge in rash driving.

Upendra Sharma, by mail


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Act, don’t react Other

Oct 13, 2021

Apropos of ‘Local goon Mehran under lens for selective killings’, our system was caught napping, both on the civil and defence fronts, which clearly indicates that everything was taken as a matter of routine, resulting in the loss of many lives. Meaningful intelligence inputs were found lacking. It is high time for the people sitting at the helm of affairs to introspect and shun the attitude ‘let it happen, then act’ and blame it on the neighbouring country. The security of the country and the safety of its citizens are first and foremost.

RS Kishtwaria, Palampur


Villain of the world

Refer to ‘India-China impasse’, China has border/territorial disputes with many of its neighbouring countries, including India, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Dragon is responsible for the South China Sea crisis, emerging from conflicts with several countries. It is also embroiled in territorial disputes with India, resulting in casualties on both sides. The situation is still tense on the borders because China is resorting to hypocritical tactics despite bilateral talks on border disputes. Due to its policy of expansionism, China has become the biggest villain of the world.

RK Arora, Mohali


Power consumption

Apropos of ‘Out of coal, Goindwal Sahib power plant shuts’, coal and electricity consumption will be increasing at faster rates than generation from solar and wind energy in India. Electricity generation from coal energy involves a large amount of coal burning and exponential wastage of energy. It also causes pollution. To reduce consumption, the government should supply power by metering every consumer and all electricity subsidies should be in cash by DBT without linking to individual consumption, including water supply to agriculture. About 30% consumption can be saved by DBT.

Ashok Kumar Goel, Panchkula


Coal shortage

State governments say that the situation created by coal shortage is critical (‘Ramping up supply to build enough coal stock: Ministry’). Punjab had to buy 1,500 MW of power at a whopping Rs 14.62 per unit. The Power Ministry says there is no coal shortage. The real problem lies in the transportation of coal daily as freight trains move at slow speed. The long-term solution lies in creating alternative sources of power generation to replace the ageing and far-off thermal power stations (from coalfields). A quick alternative source of power could be to set up solar plants of equivalent capacities in Rajasthan and rooftop panels in institutional, commercial and factory buildings. Developing hydropower in hill states and the Brahmaputra river valley will help. This valley has the potential to develop 1 lakh MW.

RN Malik, Gurugram


How will farm laws help?

Analysing the new farm laws, one wonders how these are going to help. Mandis are not going to be closed down and direct sales will be there in case there is none, like in Bihar. The proposed contract law is a suggested procedure which is not binding. Storage facilities were being built since 2007 and additional ones by corporate houses will not cause any hoarding as the government holds enough to take care of it. The government should answer what was the purpose of enacting these laws, except for one-upmanship vis-a-vis the earlier government which could not do so due to lack of numbers. Except for numerous deaths, causing harassment to common people, and developing hostility towards trade and industry, it has achieved nothing. The solution lies in guidelines and leaving it to the states to alter, amend, implement or reject them.

Col PK Kapoor (retd), by mail


Count blessings

Apropos of ‘Losing sight of blessings’, robust health is the greatest gift of God. Wealth and material possessions lose their meaning in the absence of this vital gift. Material possessions do not bring lasting peace and happiness, though they do make life a little easy. We need to count our blessings instead of cribbing about what we do not have. Having a positive mindset, even in the face of adversity, works better for early healing. Sooner this realisation dawns, the better it would be for all.

RAVI SHARMA, DHARIWAL


Manage plastic

Plastic is one of the greatest products in our hands. Its usage and versatility cannot be denied. Banning polythene bags will not be practical. We should find ways to recycle it. The best solution is to mix plastic waste with bitumen to use it for surfacing roads. This will improve the life of roads. The anti-litter law for the disposal of plastic waste should be enforced. Plastic waste should be collected periodically. Ragpickers are already playing a key role. Give them better incentives.

Sateesh Dadwal, Chandigarh


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Back where it belonged Other

Oct 12, 2021

A perennially sick airline has returned to its roots and is waiting to be nursed back to good health by its founders (‘Tatas to pilot Air India’). The highlight is the pragmatism shown by the government. Opposition to privatisation is often from the employees, but here a sensible deal seems to have been struck. While the sale of Air India is a boost to the disinvestment drive, whether the investment, at a time when the aviation sector is in the doldrums, makes a sound business sense only time will tell. Air India was the toughest entity to privatise. Now that this milestone has been crossed, the government must press the accelerator on other PSEs like the BPCL.

LAL SINGH, Amritsar


AI’s homecoming

For the Tatas, nothing can be a greater delight than bringing back the debt-ridden, yet the nation’s prestigious air carrier into its fold (‘Air India back with Tatas after 68 years’). It is said Tata group employees used to complain that JRD Tata spent more time worrying about Air India than the Tata group when he was heading both entities. Nevertheless, they knew that it was a labour of love for him. While the AI’s homecoming is a moment of exuberance, it remains to be seen how the Tatas are going to chart the future of their airline business, given the fact that the aviation industry, which is paralysed in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, is still to recover. From having said ‘goodbye’ to AI 68 years ago, the Tatas have made a ‘good-buy’ of the same now.

RANGANATHAN SIVAKUMAR, Chennai


More in line

Apropos of ‘Tatas to pilot Air India’, though it is unfortunate to see the ‘Maharaja’ bid us goodbye after so many years of service, it was important for the government to sell it off as it was reeling under heavy losses, mainly due to mismanagement and exorbitant overheads. The government should also sell off other loss-making PSUs like BPCL, CCI, SCI and THDCIL and invest the amount in important areas like medical infrastructure and industrial development.

SANJAY CHOPRA, MOHALI


The void stays

In reference to ‘A thread of love through generations’; grandparents are a blessing. Their life teachings, sense of security and support, no matter how old they are, are indispensable. Their comforting words are a balm and all that they expect is love. With grandparents around, young parents are stress-free when they leave for their jobs. The surprise snacks, gifts and feasts prepared by them during vacations are special. A void is created by their passing away and is felt for a long time by their grandchildren.

Harsimranvir Singh, Patiala


Energy pangs

The dwindling coal in thermal plants has threatened our lives with power cuts and blackout. Rather than tackling the current crisis, the government is blaming its predecessors. Instead of an erratic free supply of electricity, the people need sustainable, cheap and clean energy. The fast penetration of renewal resources in power production is needed. However, the infrastructure for these energy resources is not adequate to quickly converge them with the grid. The obsolete methods of determining electricity generation cause inaccurate demand predictions. Electricity is an essential commodity for the success of any nation. The government should focus on it.

Varinder pal Singh, by mail


Coal shortage

There is coal shortage in thermal plants. The officers concerned should be held accountable for it. Managing coal stock is the responsibility of the electricity board and the power minister. They should step down if they can’t manage to supply electricity to consumers.

IPS Saini, Patiala


PM’s silence

The Lakhimpur Kheri incident should be condemned in strong words and the culprits must be given the harshest punishment. Unfortunately, we have chosen a PM who is setting a record of sorts with his apathetic attitude to incidents that are bound to shame humanity. His deafening silence is ominous. He has not spoken a single word of condolence. He has shown that he does not possess an iota of empathy. Surely, he will use this incident in future and juggle words to twist them to his advantage but the incident warranted that he be forthcoming. The Supreme Court has been vocal on the ways of the government. We hope that our PM too will be equally vocal in his stand on the tragic incident in the days ahead.

Amit Kumar, Mohali


Joy of sharing

Apropos of ‘Why we share personal stories in public spaces’ (Spectrum), sharing comes naturally to humans. It is a universal instinct and makes life worth living. Small acts of sharing hold the potential to turn a whole life around. It also makes one feel positive about oneself. Truly said, joy multiplies when shared and grief diminishes.

KAPIl SHARMA, KAITHAL


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Different from Taliban? Other

Oct 11, 2021

APROPOS of ‘Medieval barbarism’, Indian democracy has been brought to a crossroads by our politicians, who don’t care two hoots for the law of the land, ethics of public life and sentiments of people. Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra, was finally arrested almost a week after the horrific incident. The minister has not been told to resign, and surprisingly, he was the chief guest at a jail reform function, addressing prisoners. People’s faith in democracy has been shaken. There is not much difference between the governance of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the Talibanised democracy of India. The nation can only look up to the Supreme Court to bring the culprits to book.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Mohali


All eyes on CJI, PM

The onus is on the CJI and the PM to ensure justice is done (‘Medieval barbarism’; Nous Indica). The doctrine of ‘res ipsa loquitur’ applies. Given the perplexing procedural wrangles, the common man is groaning under the mounting disorder. There is no greater tyranny than one perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice. It is imperative that there is no impediment to justice. Lawmakers wielding power blatantly subvert law and the system remains helplessly dormant. Justice demands that the Union Minister of State, whose son faces charges under Section 302 of the IPC, is divested of his portfolio to ensure a fair investigation.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula


Heed ‘raj dharma’

The UP Police took their time before summoning and then arresting the main suspect, Ashish Mishra, son of MoS Ajay Mishra whose vehicle was involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. The senior Mishra is shielding his son despite clear evidence. He is also involved in an old murder case, which is awaiting HC verdict. Lawmakers need to learn about ‘raj dharma’, as enunciated by the late PM Vajpayee.

Sqn Ldr KK Sharma (retd), Nangal


Sack minister

‘Medieval barbarism’ is a telling commentary on the tragic incident at Lakhimpur Kheri. The ghastly attack deserves to be condemned vehemently. The BJP government claims to be a party with a difference. It should sack the minister concerned so as not to let the investigation be influenced by his being in power. Rather, his son and others should be kept behind bars, sending out the message of fairness and objectivity.

Chaman Arora, Ferozepur City


Tata legacy

Refer to ‘Air India back with Tatas after 68 years’; the repossession of India’s largest airlines by the Tatas is a tribute to the Tata legacy of excellence in business and commerce. JRD Tata’s vision and business acumen, based on commercial viability and national interests, was not in consonance with the notion of pseudo public welfare of the post-Independence leadership of the country. But the times have shown both sides of the coin. It is now hoped that the ‘Maharaja’ will regain its glory in international skies and will be a harbinger of better tidings in the country’s upward surge in the economic skies.

DV Sharma, Mukerian


Killings in the Valley

Five murders in three days in Kashmir beg the question: what was the fault of those people (‘Teachers lined up, 2 of them shot’)? The answer: their religion. Terrorists are targeting those who did not give up their land even in at the height of militancy. Even the Nadimarg massacre could not break the spirit of these people. Over the past few days, Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs and non-Kashmiri Hindus are being selectively targeted. There is an atmosphere of panic among the people. The killings have raised questions on the administration of the state police.

Pulkit Jain, Banur


Circle of life

Reference to ‘A thread of love through generations’; grandparents teach and pass on life skills effortlessly. We realise our fortune of having lived with our grandparents much later. By their labour of love, they carry the thread of pedagogy through generations. Life, like history, seems to repeat itself. The child begins his life on the crib, grabs a milk bottle, blabbers, wears a bib, takes baby steps, uses diapers, loses teeth, struggles with laces and is possessive about prized possessions. The same cycle is repeated when grandpa returns to bed during the last lap of his life’s race.

TVA RAM, Gurugram


Exit of Punjab Kings

The exit of Punjab Kings from the IPL playoff this season was a foregone conclusion due to many factors. They have to revise their strategy and replace the non-performers. They lost some matches due to their own mistakes. We cannot expect lethargy from players on the field in T20 matches. KL Rahul should give up wicketkeeping and concentrate only on batting and captaincy.

Manjit Singh, LUDHIANA


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Modi’s selective silence Other

Oct 09, 2021

PM Modi is very active on social media and is particular about conveying his greetings to the public on social, cultural and national festivals, as he did on the beginning of the Navratras. He doesn’t slip to express his elation on the victory of our sportspersons and is also quick to condole the demise of a public personality. Recent example being his kind words on the death of veteran actor Arvind Trivedi, which shows compassion. It is expected of an elected head. But strangely, Modi is conspicuous by his silence when hair-raising incidents of violence shake the secular fabric of the nation, whether it happens in UP, Delhi, West Bengal or Kashmir. Does he wait for the chance to speak about these incidents at election rallies, putting all blame on the Opposition? A common man is baffled by his indifference to such ghastly tragedies.

Sadhna Saini, by mail


Strategy flawed

Refer to ‘Targeted killings in Valley’; the cold-blooded killings of civilians in Srinagar is wrenching. The message of terrorists is clear: either leave the Valley or succumb to bullets. As usual, the government machinery has cited Pakistan’s handiwork in dastardly killings of innocent persons. Will doing that inspire confidence in the minority community? This also demonstrates that heavy deployment of the armed forces is not deterring terrorists, who are having a free run. Restoring normalcy in Kashmir seems intractable. The abrogation of Article 370 is not yielding dividends. By hounding the local mainstream parties, the Centre has lost their confidence and cooperation. It should mend its flawed strategy.

Deepak Singhal, Noida


Train civil society

The recent targeted killings in the Valley are indicative of the lack of preparedness on the part of our political leadership and the security forces. Inadequacy of intelligence infrastructure is again under the lens. It is inexplicable that terrorists could strike in well-populated old localities with such impunity and regularity. Even the security grid of the Army, CRPF and police has failed to prevent the killings. Something radical will have to be done. Civil society will have to be trained even as the security forces get their act together. In the meanwhile, the EC and the Supreme Court must prohibit political parties from mentioning these incidents during poll campaigns.

Gursharan Bedi, by mail


Communal disharmony

Targeted killings of innocent people in the Valley are a serious concern. Killing people who have nothing to do with policy formulation shows the frustration of terrorist groups and their patrons over the abrogation of Article 370. Picking out certain communities will definitely lead to communal disharmony and may lead to their exodus. Since the terrorists know their surroundings and live among locals, it is challenging for the security forces to trace them. The Valley was known for its vibrant culture and peace. Pakistan-sponsored terrorism wants to damage this harmony, but they will never succeed.

Prabhash kumar, Dharamsala


Global tax reforms

Refer to ‘Plug loopholes in law to check tax evasion’; the leaked Pandora Papers unveil how the world’s ultra-rich conceal their fortunes from the tax authorities. Routing funds through tax havens involves operating within the letter, but not following the spirit of the law. Using a complex network of shell companies to move around money and assets is the perfect way to hide ill-gotten gains. There is need for global tax reforms in determination of residential status, cross-border sharing of spontaneous exchange of information, reporting of foreign assets, review of tax treaties, implementation of international standards on tax transparency, etc. There should be global minimum tax rate and norms for dealing with this menace.

Sagar Gambhir, Ludhiana


Political ‘excursion’

Apropos of ‘Sidhu, MLAs head to Lakhimpur after detention’, it is an irony that ministers, an MP and several MLAs of Punjab went to ‘disturb’ the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. Are they on leave? Sidhu’s tantrums are known to all. Salaries and perks of politicians are paid out of public money. They are answerable to the people. They should shun such excursions and gimmicks.

Upendra Sharma, Ludhiana


Adamant farmers

Apropos of ‘Farm fires are back’, looking at the prevailing scenario, it seems difficult, if not impossible, to stop this adamant and politicised farming community from burning paddy stubble. No amount of fine or punishment can be a deterrent for them. Farmers understand their vote power. No political party would dare to take any action. It is an annual feature and we don’t have any option but to bear it.

RAMESH GUPTA, NARWANA


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Equal before law Other

Oct 08, 2021

The front-page editorial ‘Mowing down protest’ is a timely reminder to the government to take cognisance of the viral video clip. The government ought to come out of the denial mode and arrest the culprits. Our politicians are averse to criticism. Ruling politicians are surrounded by sycophants and are cut off from ground reality. They are trying to tar all the protesting farmers with the same brush and by doing so they are alienating the farming community. The guilty in the case should be brought to book immediately. Law ought to be equal for all.

Arun Hastir, Gurdaspur


Talk to farmers

The Kirti Kisan Forum raises its voice against the inaction of the UP government and the silence of the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. We endorse the view in the front-page editorial that the perpetrators of this ghastly crime should be arrested forthwith. The forum hopes that good sense would prevail over the government and that it engages the farmers in a meaningful dialogue to resolve the issue in a democratic manner.

SS Boparai, Chandigarh


Will action be taken?

The Lakhimpur Kheri incident is highly condemnable. Precious lives were lost. The whole act needs to be probed and the culprits should be brought to book. Is this democracy? The present dispensation wants to silence every voice that will criticise it. Prompt action should be taken and justice should prevail. But hope is bleak.

Manjit Singh, Ludhiana


Mundra drug haul

The apparent bias towards drug addicts and dealers in the Mumbai cruise rave party, simply because one of the accused is the son of a celebrity, is baffling (‘Catch the big fish’). All are equal before the law. The Mundra port drug haul did not get due attention either by the media or the public or the government simply because it is a blind case. But in the cruise rave party case, culprits have been caught red-handed on the basis of a tip-off. No doubt, the port haul case should be investigated with similar zeal, but since it is a blind case, it would take time to crack it. The NIA has already taken over the case. But yes, there should be zero tolerance in all drug cases.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh


Bell the cat

Apropos of ‘Catch the big fish’, the cruise case has been highlighted in such a manipulated way so as to deflect attention from the 3,000-kg heroin seizure at the Mundra port. Trafficking of such a huge quantity of a banned drug, that too through the port of a politically favoured businessman, has put a question mark on the government. Who will bell the cat, that also a pet cat? What a shame on our security and intelligence forces that they give priority to a case in which barely 50-gm drugs were seized! God save this nation from modern East India companies.

Wg Cdr Jasbir Minhas (retd), Mohali


Mental health of children

According to a survey of thousands of children in 21 countries, youngsters aged 15 to 24 are passing through depression. In India, one among seven children is suffering from depression. It is a serious problem. The pandemic has adversely affected our lives, especially those of children. Schools remained closed and children were imprisoned in homes. They had no physically activity. Parents must counsel their children. Also, children need to change their lifestyle. They should follow a routine and remain busy in reading and physical activities.

Narendra Sharma, Joginder Nagar


Containing China

Reference to the article ‘Seize the moment’; China and Pakistan have been conniving with each other to create hurdles in the growth and development of India. And they will continue to do so, as it is their state policy. There are elements in various sectors like commerce, IT, trade and even in political circles that are giving support to China’s designs. They need to be identified and isolated. India should enhance cooperation with friendly neighbours for regional peace and at the international level to contain China and Pakistan. Only then will India be stable and strong. Common citizens must contribute in whatever way they can to strengthen our nation, so that it can continue the unhindered march on the path of prosperity.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi


Agri-tech pact

Reference to ‘Pact on agri-tech inked with Maha’; farmers with small landholdings have been facing economic as well as technological stress for long. Diversification is seen as a feasible option to enhance soil productivity and maintain a decent income for farmers. There is a hope that this agreement might bring the farmers good returns, and will get implemented without any trace of corruption and greed. The farmers are the backbone of our country, and yet, they are still fighting for quality living. The government should prioritise the development of farmers and farm-related activities.

Dhriti Anand, Ludhiana


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Ineffective Opposition Other

Oct 07, 2021

The Lakhimpur Kheri incident is reprehensible (‘Mowing down protest’). Opposition parties are fishing in troubled waters and striving to draw maximum political mileage. Politicians are shedding crocodile tears. This issue shall also blow over with time like the floating corpses in the Ganga. The Yogi government is notorious for extra-judicial killings, enacting regressive laws to create communal disharmony, mishandling of the pandemic and no perceptible and tangible development in the state. The Opposition has so far been a mute spectator and could not close ranks to take on the Yogi government. It needed a Lakhimpur-type macabre incident to corner the current dispensation. Congress scions are likely to go on a holiday after the clamour. The Opposition should not be selective but consistent.

Deepak Singhal, Noida


Punish the guilty

The government should shed the obsession of a megalomaniac bent upon crushing the voice of the people who, as per the Constitution, are citizens of a federal republic and not the subjects of a dictatorial regime. If the Centre fails to take this incident seriously and does not punish the culprits, it will give rise to anarchy. Self-delusion of the government seems to have been born out of the majority in Parliament. The voice of a weak and divided Opposition goes unheard. The survival of the government will be at stake if it does not mend its way.

Col Kuldip S Grewal (Retd)


PM must apologise

If speaking the truth is called sedition, let it be so. Poor and innocent people are murdered in broad daylight and the government is fabricating things, whereas everything is clearly seen in the video gone viral. What else is needed to punish the culprits? Can money bring back the loved ones? The accused should be behind bars without any delay. The PM must talk to the agitating farmers to end the stir and apologise to the nation. We want justice.

Harkawal Jeet Kaur, Mohali


Like Jallianwala Bagh

It sometimes arouses suspicion — are we really living in our own independent country or under subjugation to tyrannical medieval or colonial rulers? What transpired at Lakhimpur Kheri appeared pre-meditated and is a throwback to the Jallianwala Bagh incident. The gruesome incident reflects the poisoned, polluted and criminal mindset of the malefactors, regardless of the exalted offices they occupy. If we take pride in being citizens of a country that talks of being ‘vishwaguru’, certainly the Lakhimpur spectacle does not bode well for our democracy and civilisation.

EPSA Prashar, Dharamsala


Equality before law

Apropos of ‘Mowing down protest’; the sentence, “Ita fiat esto; we remain yours seditiously” speaks volumes of the resolve to be a votary of fair play and justice, calling a spade a spade. Unfortunately, the needless escalation of violence in Lakhimpur Kheri raises many searching questions at the polity’s dereliction of its duties and responsibilities to honour as well as protect the Constitution, the law of the land, democratic norms and time-honoured values. The moot question remains if everyone is equal before the law? Silence on the issue and inability to pinpoint the accused and ensure justice to the victims and those killed will only add to the already tense situation.

PK Sharma, Barnala


Tax haven

Apropos of ‘Seychelles connection’, it is a matter of concern that a senior Army officer’s name figures in the Seychelles offshore accounts. Tax havens have been used for quite some time to open offshore accounts for laundering ill-gotten gains. Corrupt bureaucrats and politicians have used tax havens like Seychelles in view of its ‘very favourable’ treatment of offshore companies. India needs to curb this tax evasion by investigating the information provided in these papers. This can act as a major deterrent to the accumulation and concealment of wealth. Coordinated efforts of the income tax department, the ED, RBI and the financial intelligence unit would be worthwhile to expedite the investigation.

Gurpreet Singh, Mohali


In education business

Refer to ‘Churning in tech education’; private colleges have mushroomed in the past two decades only for minting money. The owners are businessmen not social workers, and are least worried about quality education. Thousands of third-division engineers are doing menial jobs. These colleges have ruined the value of engineers. The directorates of higher education and universities should think before affiliating with such institutions.

Ravinder kwatra, Shahabad Markanda


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Unfortunate incident Other

Oct 06, 2021

Refer to ‘Lakhimpur Kheri violence’; the death of eight people, four of whom were mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of Union Minister and BJP MP Ajay Kumar Mishra marks an escalation of violence in a movement that has tried to remain peaceful. The incident has worsened the chances of a rapprochement between the farmers protesting against the farm laws and the Union government. There has been little headway since January this year. The distrust between the farmer unions and the government remained high, with the farmers refusing to budge from their maximalist position seeking a repeal of the three laws passed last year. A court-appointed committee submitted its report on the laws but it is yet to be made public. The UP government must impartially investigate the incident but it is also imperative for the Centre to bridge the trust deficit by restarting talks with the farmer unions.

SS Paul, Chakdaha (Nadia)


SC poser to farmers

Apropos of ‘Is protest allowed when matter is sub judice? SC to examine’; the observation of the top court of the country is a legitimate question to the protesting farmers. Why protest when the legislation is not in force at all is a right poser. The adamant attitude in denying free movement on highways to citizens and ruining the business and property of the common man by indulging in violence is not going to help the andolan in any way. On the contrary, it has lost public sympathy in a big way. Political ambitions of the protesting farmers are a big hurdle in the way of achieving their goal.

Ashok Kumar, by mail


Tone down rhetoric

The Lakhimpur Kheri tragedy is the result of escalation of provocative rhetoric in recent weeks. The strategy of the farm unions of agitating in Delhi/UP and the social boycott of BJP leaders leaves the Centre with one option, of repealing the farm laws. But the first approach must be to eschew inflammatory statements like those from Haryana CM ML Khattar and MoS Ajay Mishra. Antagonistic rhetoric allows farm leaders to don the mantle of victims. The BJP government’s response seems to be of letting the issue fester and trying to tire out the protesters, while actively seeking to delegitimise them by labelling them anti-national. But a standoff is dangerous with both UP and Punjab slated to go to polls.

SK Singh, by email


Great tragedy

The death of eight persons at Lakhimpur Kheri is unfortunate. It is one of the severe outcomes of the farmers’ agitation next to the Republic Day protest in Delhi this year. The nation has seen great loss to life and property due to the protests over farm laws. The government ought to look after the welfare of not only the farmers but the public in general. On the other hand, the farmers should also see that the Supreme Court stays the laws and they are not in force. The general public should not be inconvenienced by dharnas?

R Kwatra, Shahabad Markanda


Tough times for Cong

The handling of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident by the UP government has dented the administrative abilities of the UP CM. His popularity has certainly nose-dived. It is not only the BJP, but also the other political parties, which are now placed in a difficult situation. Because of the internal strife

within the Congress, the party has already taken a severe beating in Punjab. In other states too, they are not far behind from witnessing a similar fate if the situation is allowed to drift.

SPS Narang, Dwarka


Posting of officers

It is the practice in India that if a chief minister is not happy with any bureaucrat, then he/she is given an insignificant assignment even if there is no requirement for posting such an officer there. In most of the cases, the officers are superseded by the juniors, and in such cases, the senior officers are designated equal to their juniors. In the recent case in Punjab, the present chief secretary has superseded seven seniors and all have been given the rank of chief secretary. Even when there is no requirement of posting senior officers to such posts, it is done. In bureaucratic parlance, it is called a punishment posting.

Sohan Lal Bhumbak, Chandigarh


Village road

The approach road to Bhamian Kalan village in Ludhiana district is in a bad condition. Neither the residents nor the local shopkeepers protest. Local political leaders also have failed to raise the issue or visit the place, resulting in hardships for the residents.

Ravinder Dhand, by mail


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Pain of taxpayers Other

Oct 05, 2021

In order to consolidate their vote bank, political parties offer free electricity, water and loan waivers, besides other freebies. Is it not tantamount to bribing the voters? You cannot induce any voter to cast ballot in your favour by doing so. The taxpayers are fed up with all this. Taxpayers want their hard-earned money not to be used to allure the voters by offering such freebies. Public money must be used for the welfare of the people without consideration of caste, creed, community or religion.

RK Arora, Jharmari (Mohali)


Punjab mess

The resignation offer of PPCC chief Navjot Sidhu reflects poorly on the party high command. The Punjab mess has now evolved to a stage where it’s no longer about the ineptitude of the Congress leadership. The problem is more serious than is apparent and it’s about the shortcomings of the entire political process in a border state which has suffered on account of secessionist violence. The outsized role played by Navjot Sidhu in Punjab, and the free rein apparently given to him by the party high command seems to have backfired. The political class should be mindful of the risks at the current juncture and tailor messages keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation.

EL Singh, by mail


Air Force Day

The Air Force Day on October 8 has a special significance this year. The IAF is set to receive 56 new transport planes from Airbus, 16 in flyaway condition and 40 to be manufactured in India, to replace the ageing Avros. The Air Force also plans to procure another 350 aircraft, over the next two decades, many from the local industry, including 83 Tejas fighter jets built by HAL. A medium-range surface-to-air missile system developed by the DRDO in collaboration with Israel Aerospace has just been inducted. A push for indigenous products is clearly visible. And, by a strange coincidence, the three service chiefs, Gen Naravane, Admiral Nijjer and Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, who retired on September 30, besides being NDA course mates, are all sons of IAF officers. This is a matter of pride. Let us celebrate this Air Force Day with greater fervour and enthusiasm.

Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (retd), Jalandhar


Environment protection

After the Swachchh Bharat and Clean Ganga missions, the PM launching flagship schemes looks better only on paper. Cities and towns are as dirty as before. The government and leaders are more interested in elections, letting down each other and covering up their political failure. It will spell disaster if nature is damaged, environment is not protected and rejuvenated , pollution is not controlled and garbage managed properly.

Capt Amar Jeet, Greater Mohali


Khattar’s statement

The alleged statement made by the CM of Haryana, ML Khattar, inciting the BJP’s Kisan Morcha workers to pick up sticks to chase away the protesting farmers is extremely irresponsible, provocative, puerile and condemnable in the strongest terms. It does not behove the CM of a state to take recourse to such language. Earlier, the SDM of Karnal was in the news for inciting the cops to take action against the protestors. Senior leaders and officers should be more responsible and circumspect in their speech and action.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa


Mamata’s win

The huge win of Mamata Banerjee from the Bhabanipur Assembly seat is immensely satisfying. It has helped her retain the status of currently being the only woman CM of any state in India. But this win makes us ponder over the opportunities available for them. We say that the Constitution gives equal rights to men and women. But does our society give equal opportunities to women? Political parties must field women as chief ministerial candidates and end this gender bias when it comes to politics.

Saikrit Gulati, Chandigarh


Gandhi and Shastri

Apropos of ‘Differences amid togetherness’ (Spectrum); it wouldn’t be an understatement if we call Mahatma Gandhi the sole maker of the Indian national movement. His stature was largely confirmed by his successful non-violent movement against the British rule in India. But what makes him so relevant even today is his political legacy along with his deep concern for the moral growth of the human race. Politics and spirituality went hand in hand for Gandhi. But sad to say, we seldom talk of the creator of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ slogan, Lal Bahadur Shastri, who shares his birthday with Gandhi. His contribution must also be held in high esteem along with that of Gandhi.

Kapil Sharma, by mail


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Flyers from the UK Other

Oct 04, 2021

The policy of reciprocity in quarantine for flyers from the UK is an example of not applying the mind in policy formulation which is becoming all-pervasive in government circles these days . Will it not be highly discriminatory when the UK nationals will be segregated for quarantine from the Indian nationals on arrival ? In that case, this tit for tat will make a mockery of India in the international arena and cause unnecessary wrinkles in the India-UK relations. The policy must be withdrawn immediately.

Lt Col GS Bedi (retd), Mohali


SC to farmers

The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the farmers over blocking of roads, resulting in inconvenience to the public. The top court also made the comment that citizens have a right to move freely. The farmers have obstructed the movement of vehicles carrying defence personnel and heckled them, stopped trains, blocked highways and then say that their protests are peaceful. The bench wanted to know whether they are protesting against the judicial system, when the matter is already sub judice in the court and the implementation of the laws have been put on hold for a year and half by the SC in January this year to bring the farmers to the negotiating table.

Abhash Simba, Panchkula


Inconvenience to people

It is understandable that the farmers have the right to protest against the laws they perceive as harmful to them. At the same time, the common man also has the right to free movement. There may be many who need to travel to Delhi-NCR for treatment, sickness of some dear ones or the death of close relatives. One can understand the frustration, helplessness and dejection a person may face during such a situation. The government, farmers, common citizens and courts, all are responsible to ensure that the rights of individuals should be equally protected, otherwise it will lead to anarchy.

Ashwani Bakhshi, by mail


Urban mission

Seven years after launching his government’s key programme, PM Modi has announced the second phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), with a fresh promise to make India’s cities clean. The current model of issuing mega contracts to big corporations — as against decentralised community-level operations has left waste segregation at source a non-starter. On sanitation, the claim of exceeding the targets for household, community and public toilets is far from reality as without water connections, many of them are unusable. State and municipal governments, which do the heavy lifting on waste and sanitation issues, should work to increase community ownership of the system. Also, the ambition of achieving 100% tap water supply in about 4,700 urban local bodies and sewerage in 500 AMRUT cities depends on making good public housing accessible to millions of people.

Sanjay Chopra, Mohali


Freebie populism

Apropos of the editorial, ‘Competitive freebies’, the political parties trying to entice the voters in Punjab ahead of the 2022 state elections is dismal. All parties know the fiscal position of the state well. Wherefrom will this money pour in? The politicians do not delineate this ever. These populist announcements in the state’s existing fluid fiscal position are also a big dampener for fresh industrial entrepreneurship in Punjab which is being allured by other states to invest there.

Brij B Goyal, Ludhiana


Indo-Pacific security

The AUKUS alliance in the Indo-Pacific for security in the region will be a landmark partnership for many reasons. In the aftermath of the Afghanistan rout, it is a powerful and strong signal from the US that it is still in the game, which is bound to rattle China. For India, Australia’s willingness to take on the role of the US/UK’s sword arm in the region is a welcome development to contain China.

PL Singh, by email


Simplicity for leaders

October 2 is celebrated to honour the memory of our great leaders MK Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri who led people by their personal standards of high orders. They preached what they practiced. Now, it is high time for our leaders from all walks of life to practice in their life what they preach or expect from the people. Gestures of simplicity will save crores, which in turn, can be utilised for improving healthcare infrastructure. Such initiatives would be a befitting tribute to these great leaders.

Ravi Bhushan, Kurukshetra


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Channi’s son at meeting Other

Oct 02, 2021

The presence of CM Charanjit Singh Channi’s son during his meeting with high-ranking police officials in Chandigarh was in bad taste, as it violated the dignity and protocol of the august office (‘Process on to trim CM’s security’). It can be seen as yet another attempt at political grooming to perpetuate dynastic rule which has become a recurring paradox of India’s political scenario over the decades. Lured by power and fame, children of politicians make a foray into politics to often adversely impact the functioning of the government. Radical change in the minds of voters and party practices can insulate politics from dynastic ambitions and promote the egalitarian essence of our vibrant democracy. Rather than promoting dynastic formation, Channi should focus on resolving dissensions within the PPCC and address the core problems confronting the state.

Harmohit Singh, Hoshiarpur


Captain-Shah meeting

Refer to ‘Captain meets Shah’; during discussions at the meeting, Capt Amarinder Singh pressed for the repeal of the contentious farm laws to end the agitation of farmers. The recent political developments in Punjab could be an opportunity for the BJP as well as Amarinder. At present, the BJP has no stronghold in Punjab. Amarinder is an experienced politician and will not join the BJP, as he will invite the wrath of farmers. But if the BJP repeals the laws, the people of Punjab will welcome the alliance with open arms. The Amarinder-BJP alliance can be a game changer.

HMS NAGRA, FARIDABAD


Taking people for a ride

Apropos of ‘Cabinet clears the power dues of defaulters’, I think the people who pays power bills on time are fools. Politicians, again and again, one way or another, keep giving a clear-cut message that they have been chosen by fools. Will politicians give Rs 1,200 crore from their pocket, or will it come from the pocket of the people who are already paying the bills?

Dhiraj Kumar, Nabha


Hunt for power

We have a wrong notion that some of our leaders are not power hungry and are better than the others in terms of morals and ethics. Nobody is a saint in politics now. The revolting way in which the current Punjab episode unfolded should be an eye-opener. Indian politics is no more driven by ideology but by political opportunism. Whenever their self interest is hit, they show their true colours. The role model type politicians vanished long ago. Majority of politicians are for power and pelf rather than serving the people. We need to bring in a system of fixing accountability. Our people and media will have to build pressure against wrongdoings, if they want good governance.

K Kumar, Panchkula


Shoes too big to fill

Refer to ‘Kairon, the unhailed hero of Punjab’; perhaps no political leader in post-Kairon era can match his stature. The visionary leader was instrumental in bringing the best medical fraternity in the PGI and was also at the forefront to gift Panjab University with Dr AC Joshi. Kairon had passion to select and retain the best talent in reputed institutions. Once, when the PGI reported to him that Dr BN Aikat, a pathologist of international repute, was planning to quit, Kairon immediately invited him to his office and convinced him to stay on his own terms. Kairon was personally present at the Secretariat entrance to receive Dr Aikat.

VK Anand, Chandigarh


Building on hills

Refer to ‘Defying building bylaws’; it is harrowing to read about the collapse of a seven-storey building at Ghora Chowki near Shimla. The collapse triggered panic among residents in the vicinity as a large number of multi-storey buildings have come up in the fragile hill. As the popular name of the hill ‘Kachi Ghati’ suggests that it is fragile in nature, then how such buildings were allowed to come up? Officers and contractors seem to be hand in glove with each other. No building bylaws are followed in the area, thereby putting the lives of the residents at risk. The erring officials and contractors must be booked. It is time that we should learn a lesson and heed to the warning bells which are ringing loudly otherwise the results would be catastrophic.

Bir Devinder Singh Bedi, Sangrur


Bank pensioners

It is surprising that banks are bringing down interest rates on loans in all categories, but interest on deposits and FDs remain unchanged at the bottom level. The banks must increase the interest rates on FDs and savings accounts as prices of everything have increased manifold. Salaries, pensions and wages of government staff increased, but the pension for bank staff has not been changed for the past 26 years. It seems like a betrayal of bank pensioners by trade unions and the Indian banks association and the Ministry of Finance.

SC DHALL, ZIRAKPUR


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Congress fiasco Other

Oct 01, 2021

Refer to ‘Punjab Congress tangle’; the Congress has landed itself in a difficult situation. If Navjot Singh Sidhu comes back to his position on his terms, the party would be seen as weak and appeasing a leader of unreliable nature and dubious loyalty, who put himself above the party. If he goes his way, the gamble the party made on him, sacrificing a leader of long standing, would have failed at a crucial time. All the caste balancing and calculations that went into the new arrangement would also go haywire. Sidhu’s revolt is a slap for the party high command which practically is the combination of Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi whose moral and political claim to leadership and judgement of men and matters will again be questioned.

N Sadhasiva Reddy, Bengaluru


Extinction threat

The present situation in the state is the doing of the Congress high command. Things were going on smoothly in the tenure of Capt Amarinder Singh until Navjot Sidhu was made president of the state Congress. His ultimate dream is to be CM. The high command should have called him with a list of legislators supporting him. But this did not happen. On assuming charge, Sidhu started interfering in the day-to-day working, hampering government work. The image of the Congress has taken a beating, with elections a few months away. The crisis should be resolved at the earliest otherwise the party that ruled the Centre for over 54 years will become extinct due to infighting.

Rupinder Vir Singh, Ludhiana


Make peace

It has been rightly pointed out in ‘Punjab Congress tangle’ that the party high command failed to understand the political ground realties of Punjab. The team of Capt Amarinder Singh and associates, instrumental in winning nine of the 13 Lok Sabha seats, and almost 90 per cent of the local bodies elections, was discarded and humiliated. The chances of the Congress were bright, but the poor handling of the state affairs has made the political situation uncertain. The ground workers are in a dilemma over the mess prevailing in the party. Even a senior Congress leader termed the situation as advantage Pakistan and the ISI. The Captain has the capability to pull the party out of the created mess and win the election. The high command still has time to make peace and steer the party out of this mire.

GS MANN, NAYA NANGAL


Tainted leaders back

Apropos of ‘Why take tainted leaders, asks Sidhu’; not just Sidhu, but every right-thinking person of Punjab asks this loud and clear from CM Channi and the Congress high command why tainted leaders and officials are being inducted again into governance? With what face will the party go to people and ask for votes? Channi is trying to extinguish fire with fire. The high command seems unconcerned to sort out the issue. For the betterment of Punjab, the high command must intervene and respect the sentiments of people and remove all newly appointed tainted people and bring Sidhu back in action.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Mohali


Congress downfall

The day the Congress inducted Navjot Sidhu into the party, it committed harakiri and the fall of the Punjab Congress began. The high command is now in a catch-22 situation. The Congress had failed to read his antecedents of being a temperamental prima donna even while he was in the BJP. Sidhu must know that politics is different from a cricket pitch and theatrical skills. The issue of divesting corrupt politicians of their portfolios in the new Cabinet by CM Channi could have been taken up with the party high command and settled. Also, the unceremonious exit of Amarinder Singh could have been better handled. He could have been elevated to the party’s organisational setup. The Captain is a leader to reckon with. Sidhu has queered the Congress pitch much before the 2022 elections.

EPSA PRASHAR, Dharamsala


Crisis mishandled

When the sailor himself is bent upon making a ship sink, nobody can save it. When immature leadership takes decisions without thinking of the pros and cons, the results are suicidal. The humiliating exit of Capt Amarinder Singh at a time when the elections are round the corner and a comfortable win had been predicted by poll pundits, why was a change in leadership effected? The Congress, unfortunately, has been reduced to a regional party around the Gandhi pariwar. Punjab is burning as a consequence of the ulterior motives of small leaders.

Deepak mehra, by mail


Blowback to Congress

CM Channi may be a gentleman, but what was the logic to disturb the present status quo is beyond comprehension, particularly when the elections are round the corner? All this shows lack of far-sightedness and maturity on the part of the central leadership, for which it may have to pay a heavy price at the hustings. It should have tested the waters before plunging into it.

Maheshwer Sharma, by mail


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