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Not enough Other

Feb 28, 2023

Refer to ‘Maiden Pharma guilty’; it is disheartening that even after so many reforms in the Indian judicial system, it cannot provide justice in time. Pharmaceuticals is one of the major industries in the world, and India enjoys a significant market size. If anybody is accused of malpractices, they should not be spared, and justice should be delivered as soon as possible. If not, the consequences would be worse. Nevertheless, we should refrain from crying about our failures, take them as a case study, amend our techniques, and ensure that no other life would end due to substandard drugs. Methods need to be reviewed to prevent our country from global ignominy.

Kushagar Bansal, by mail

Plug loopholes

Refer to ‘Maiden Pharma guilty’; it takes years to build a reputation. When many countries are dependent on India for their medical needs, it is imperative that the DGCI does not take any chances. The Maiden case is 10 years old and the judgment should have come long back to set the right precedent. We have faced embarrassment in the Gambia and Uzbekistan. Both the DGCI and GoI must chalk out a clear strategy to ensure that all loopholes in the system are plugged immediately.

Bal Govind, Noida

Precious resources

Apropos of ‘Water, power crises’; the unexpected surge in temperature is alarming. It is disrupting weather patterns which is leading to exacerbating water scarcity and power crisis. Water crisis not only affects household chores but also the economy, environment and food supply of that area. Also, scarcity of groundwater will affect crop diversification. It will have a disastrous effect on the livelihood of farmers, which may force them to take an extreme step like suicide. It is necessary to take preventive measures. Also, people need to understand that valuable commodities like water and electricity should be used judiciously.

Vidhi Joshi, Jalandhar

Sense of insecurity

Law and order in Punjab has gone for a toss in the past few months — police stations stormed by mobs and hit by grenades, a bomb blast in court, murder of prominent personalities in broad daylight and a gang war in jail. No one is safe. Getting calls from the mafia has become a norm. Are these mere incidents or a part of a bigger conspiracy to burn Punjab again? The government should act now to instil a sense of security among the people of the state.

Sachin Kaushal, Patiala

Twisted ideology

Radical leader Amritpal Singh’s statement that Khalistan is a ‘very normal topic of discussion’ in Punjab clearly shows that he is making a one-sided argument. Freedom of speech gives one the right to express what one feels, but does not give one the right to become a mouthpiece for others. India is a democratic country with a vast number of religions and ideologies. What if every religion and ideology seeks a separate nation? Expressing one’s views and imposing them on others are two completely different things.

Kalpana Bhatia, Jalandhar

Punjab Budget session

It is not good that the Punjab Governor has refused permission to the government to hold the Budget session. The Centre should intervene and allow the government to hold the session as per schedule. Such a situation will create problems for the smooth functioning of the government. The Chief Minister and his team are doing well to weed out corruption. For this, they have taken several steps, which have not gone down well with opposition leaders. Besides, other parties do not have any proper agenda since a number of Congress and Akali Dal leaders are involved in corruption cases and are trying to divert the government’s attention. The AAP has the maximum majority. It will be the first government to move the Supreme Court seeking its intervention.


AAP’s double standards

Refer to ‘CBI arrests Sisodia...’; when the AAP government arrests ministers, supporters and MLAs of previous Congress governments, it claims that it is war against corruption, malpractices and misappropriation of public money. The government takes credit for cleaning the politics in Punjab. However, when the CBI or ED initiates such action against illegal activities of AAP leaders in Delhi, the party calls it political vendetta, murder of democracy and attempt to defame the AAP government. New excise policy evidently raises suspicion of loss of government revenue, favouritism of contractor cartel and money-laundering activities. Let the agencies conduct investigations to reveal the truth. It is not justified to project and compare conspirators as freedom fighters. The AAP leadership must avoid pressure tactics to derail investigation.

Deepak, by mail

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Timely alert Other

Feb 27, 2023

‘Soros and desperation’ (Nous Indica) has rightly alerted us that ‘recent episodes raise suspicions of a coordinated assault on Modi and his government’. The assertive Centre under PM Modi has become a thorn in the flesh of foreign powers that are craftily manipulating regimes to suit their strategic and business interests. The year-long run-up to the General Election is a crucial time to refute narratives detrimental to the short-term and long-term interests of India and its people. The onus is on the political class and the media to thwart evil designs on India’s sovereignty.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

Handling criticism

Apropos of ‘Soros and desperation’ (Nous Indica), what to talk of regime-change, even the popularity of the Modi government can’t be dented or undermined by baseless criticism. However, the government will have to learn to take genuine criticism in its stride, especially with regard to the controversy over the BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Hindenburg report. The government’s retaliatory policy against dissenters or whistleblowers is its biggest negative point. Conducting raids against detractors to intimidate them into silence does not augur well for our democracy.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa

Act of sacrilege

With reference to ‘Ajnala mayhem’; Amritpal Singh’s supporters carried Guru Granth Sahib inside the police station; this was an act of sacrilege. The holy saroop should not be taken to such places for self-defence in the name of religion. This act hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community. It is becoming a trend to hold protests in Punjab to promote vested interests. People have the democratic right to protest peacefully, but any threat of violence should be dealt with strongly.

Muskan Syal, Jalandhar

Playing with fire

The highly unprofessional approach of the Punjab Police in dealing with the gun-wielding crowd raising Khalistani slogans is evident. It is time for the state government to control the activities of Khalistani supporters with a steely resolve so that the bloody era the people of Punjab have witnessed in the past is not repeated. No one should be allowed to disturb the peaceful environment in the state. Anarchists arouse religious sentiments for their own interests, which the religious leaders must condemn firmly. Action should be taken against those who used the holy book for unethical purposes.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

At the receiving end

Reference to ‘The new depths’; Pawan Khera was deplaned by the Assam and Delhi police and arrested for joking about the PM’s name. In politics, the Opposition raises questions and jokes over the working of the Centre and the states. Arresting someone while he’s on his flight, or in his personal space is not the right thing to do. Many times in the past, politicians have said objectionable things about one another, and no strict action was taken. Is that how our democracy will now be? In Adani’s case, no such prompt action was taken, but when the Opposition questions it, leaders have to face consequences. Are there no rules for the Central government? The country would want to know why there is no accountability with regard to the Centre while the Opposition has to suffer such arrests and raids.

Jasbir Singh, Jalandhar

Another promise

Refer to ‘65,000 regular posts to be filled’; the Haryana CM has announced that his government will provide regular jobs to unemployed youths. As the Assembly elections are drawing near, they have started thinking about the welfare of people. When they have been in power for years, why was no initiative taken to remove unemployment and poverty? Before every election, multiple schemes are launched, foundation stones laid, several announcements made for opening schools, colleges, hospitals. Public memory is rather short. The upper class is not bothered and the lower class has no problem with either of them. The middle class tries to remain positive and hopes its time will come. Five years are enough if you want to bring in change, why fool people?

Saroj Banyal, Hamirpur

Governor’s role

It is unfortunate that the constitutional head and the elected head are at daggers drawn (‘Governor says won’t allow Punjab session’). A Governor is the nominal head of the state, while the real powers lie with the CM and his Council of Ministers. The former has to protect the spirit of the Constitution while the latter has to act within its framework. The Governor is duty-bound to act on the advice of the CM and his ministers and not on the directions of his political bosses. By refusing nod to convene the Budget session, he is jeopardising the functioning of the state government.

Faqir Singh, by mail

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PM not sacrosanct Other

Feb 25, 2023

Making anti-PM remarks and criticising the PM’s policies are now regarded as serious offences. Why does the Prime Minister pass derogatory comments on leaders of the Opposition by referring to Sonia Gandhi as a ‘Jersey cow’, Rahul Gandhi as ‘Pappu’, Dr Manmohan Singh as ‘a village woman’ and teasing Mamata Banerjee with ‘Didi-o-Didi’? What is wrong if Pawan Khera used any such term for Modi? This is nothing but political frustration following the BJP’s defeat in Himachal Pradesh; the Supreme Court’s order on the MCD election; the political buzz created by Rahul’s Bharat Jodo Yatra; BBC’s documentary on the 2002 riots; and the Hindenburg report on Adani’s affairs. Misusing national agencies for political vendetta will cripple democracy. Misconduct and mudslinging by the political party in power will shake the trust and confidence of the people.

Capt Amar Jeet (Retd), Kharar

Broker peace

Reference to the article ‘Russia’s spring offensive is key’; it is true that the West provoked Russia in an effort to ‘bark at the gates of Russia’, and now, the visit of the US President to the capital of Ukraine to show solidarity and promise of weapons has only added fuel to the fire. What should a country do when an opposing country makes a scapegoat of a smaller country to serve its end? The US did the same using NATO to reach the gates of Russia. Ukraine was lured to join NATO and unscrupulously it announced the same. What did Ukraine achieve by announcing its plan to join NATO? The US has been by expanding its arms market. India has a good rapport with all the stakeholders, and as the head of G20, it enjoys good clout. We have a bold leadership, impactful diplomacy and wisdom. India should offer to mediate to end the war and bring peace. Prime Minister Modi’s suggestion that ‘this is not an era of war’ should serve as a guiding principle.

Arun Sareen, Mohali

India must mediate

Apropos of ‘One year of Ukraine war’, India is the best-suited mediator for extinguishing the ongoing war because it has amicable relations with all countries except China. The diplomatic skills of Indian authorities are praiseworthy. Owing to bumper granaries and a comparatively stable economy, India has managed to keep itself afloat in times of global inflation, however, it is in everyone’s interest that the war comes to an end and the world breathes a sigh of relief from the strangling hands of food scarcity and inflation.

Rewant Sharma, by mail

Need for timely action

The news ‘Radicals storm police station to force release of kidnap accused’ is unfortunate and disturbing. Punjab being a border state is vulnerable to infiltration and terrorism. Radicals getting violent with the police and raising pro-Khalistan slogans remind us the time when Punjab was reeling under violence and bloodbath in the name of Khalistan. The situation is turning sensitive and is widening in Punjab. The AAP government must collaborate with the Centre, NGOs and religious groups to address the problem before it becomes uncontrollable.

Abhimanyu Malik, Jind

Rein in radicals

Apropos of ‘Ajnala incident collapse of law and order’; former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has rightly asserted that the Ajnala incident, where supporters of preacher Amritpal Singh laid siege to a police station, injuring several police personnel, was tantamount to the collapse of law and order in the state. Such incidents remind us of the dark days of militancy, when militants used to roam freely and the police acted like mute spectators.

Upendra Sharma, by mail

Interference by Governors

Reference to ‘Governor says won’t allow Punjab session’; Governors have been used as the Centre’s political agents in the past, too, but the present situation in various non-BJP states is dangerous for democracy and the Constitution. A look at some of the Opposition-ruled states like Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Jharkhand would reveal the needless interference of Governors in the smooth functioning of these states. The makers of the Constitution envisaged the position of the Governor as an apolitical head who must act on the advice of the Council of Ministers of the state. However, they are interfering and trying to run the governments, and even trying to destabilise elected governments. The way the Governors and Lieutenant Governors are harassing and obstructing the work of non-BJP governments, at the behest of the Centre, there seems to be a need for a debate in the country on the necessity for the posts of Governor.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

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Digital payments Other

Feb 24, 2023

Apropos of ‘UPI-PayNow linkage’; the linking of fintech services between India and Singapore will take the technology to a new level as it will provide low-cost real-time platform for remittance transfers to people in both countries. India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing ecosystems for fintech innovation and the government has been instrumental in driving the globalisation of India’s digital payment infrastructure. This collaboration will also help the Indian diaspora in Singapore, especially migrant workers and students through instantaneous and low-cost transfer of money. It is a good sign for the Indian economy that the UPI system has become hugely popular for retail digital payments in India, and its adoption is increasing at a rapid pace.


Depressed students

Refer to ‘Suicides by students’; teenage suicide is a serious and growing problem. Teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful. Teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in. They may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt and feelings of alienation. Depression is also a major factor in teen suicides. Therefore, it is imperative to involve family and society to a greater extent in an effort to reduce the incidence of suicide. Parents should give their children the right to make life decisions by providing them the right education and awareness. Parents should guide them but not put pressure on them because every life is precious.

Gaurav Badhwar, Rohtak

Failure part of life

Students must realise that getting a seat in a professional institute of their choice is not the ultimate goal. Not just the students, but also their parents need to be careful while pushing their wards to secure a seat by all means. They don’t hesitate to pump in the money, which is an added pressure. If somehow a student doesn’t get the so-called coveted seat, it leads to depression and may lead to suicide. Our system is designed in a manner that success is highly rated. But life is not all about just achieving goals. In equal measure, one has to deal with failure as well. Unfortunately, no coaching institute, school, college or even university teaches us to deal with failures of life. Society, in general, must not be hard on failure. There is always a new day to make a new beginning.

Deepak TAAK, Panchkula

Support children

Reference to ‘Suicides by students’; in this competitive world, parents expect a lot from their children and pressure them to achieve distinction in every subject. The children are never taught that there are several fields where they can excel. If a student is poor in a subject, he or she should be given extra coaching by teachers and a little improvement in the subject should be applauded. It is unfortunate that so many innocent students took their lives. The education system should be revisited for the interest of the students. There are several professions where weaker students can shine and make them their line of work. There are many examples where a student failed thrice in class and achieved grand success in the civil services examination by dint of hard work and determination. Suicide hurts the people who love you.


Mockery of democracy

Refer to ‘After smooth election of mayor, Delhi MC House turns free for all’; it is shocking how the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) became a battleground. The actions of the councillors whom the people of Delhi elected recently with their valuable votes behaved shamefully. Parties may have won or lost in the MCD, but the assets of the House belong to the people of Delhi. The MCD collects taxes from people on many items and with the same tax mikes, desks and tables are installed in the House. Anger can be expressed in different ways. It was certainly a mockery of democracy.

RK Arora, Mohali

MCD ruckus

Another Mahabharata seems to be happening in the Capital of the world’s largest democracy! What is happening in New Delhi’s MCD? With no political party accepting defeat, the House was suspended many times. Leaders elected by the people to solve their problems were fighting like hooligans, physically abusing and throwing water bottles at one another. They deserve to be punished. But we have to put up with such elements who are tarnishing the image of India. It is shameful.

Gugu Gill, by mail

Conduct unacceptable

The lack of decorum in parliamentary Houses has become quite standard and the lack of discipline has made a mockery of these proceedings. The recent case of MCD elections is one such example. Politicians are representatives and decision makers; with power comes responsibility. They must conduct themselves properly, especially when they are in an official setup. Such irrational behaviour is neither expected nor acceptable.

Kalpana Bhatia, Jalandhar

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Support Ukraine Other

Feb 23, 2023

Apropos of ‘Biden’s Kyiv visit’; the proposition that the strategic visit by US President Joe Biden to Kyiv will not ultimately lead to peace may not be correct if lessons from the history of World War II are any guide. It was the complaisant attitude of the British and French in letting Hitler invade Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland that led to the World War. The US President has made an exemplary move at considerable personal and global risk to consolidate western and European support to Kyiv by visiting it. The only way forward is to provide material and military capability to Ukraine to reconstruct, resist, contain and counterattack Russian ingress.

Lt Col GS Bedi (retd), Mohali

Chinese heft

Reference to the article ‘Which way China will swing’; after World War II, it is the first time that the world is witnessing a war which can redefine the destiny of humanity in a catastrophic manner. The big game-changer is none other than China. India's dare-devil jump into the oil deal with Russia and its silent acknowledgement by the US equally worries China. Biden’s visit to Kyiv and its further ramifications will soon finalise the destiny of not only Ukraine, but also the whole of Europe and America as well.

Jeevan VK, Pathankot

Address mental health

Reference to the editorial ‘Suicides by students’; a child’s mental health should be given utmost importance. Parents, teachers and peers need to assure the students that their well-being matters the most. Mentally healthy children are more likely to have a positive quality of life and are likely to function well at home, in school, and in their communities.

Yamini, Chandigarh

Crush mining mafia

Refer to ‘Crush mining mafia’; the gruesome murder of Gurcharan Singh shows that like previous regimes, the AAP government too is helpless in containing the powerful mining mafia. The brazenness with which the murder has been committed shows the lack of fear of law in the minds of wrongdoers. Ironically, the government couldn’t eliminate the mining mafia, but the mafia has been eliminating law-abiding citizens with impunity. Unless the obnoxious nexus between the mafia, corrupt politicians and officials is broken, the business of illegal mining will continue. If the AAP government has some respect for the word it gave to the people, it must crush the mafia with a heavy hand to inspire public confidence.

CS Mann, Una

Handle with care

Refer to ‘Fishing in troubled waters’ (Nous Indica); there was no need to put forth new agriculture Bills. The entire exercise did not yield any desirable result other than lowering the dignity of an elected government. Since the beginning of the agitation, its control has been passing on to the hands of separatist forces and they succeeded to converge it on a secessionist platform. Initially, it was an agenda of the Congress, but they deferred it keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter. The state and Central governments are somewhere responsible for arousing the feeling of discontent and activating the radical masses. Remedy lies in the welfare of the poor and needy. The moderate element among the Sikhs needs cooperation, encouragement and empowerment.

Nirmal Kumar, Panchkula

Kudos to Javed Akhtar

Refer to ‘26/11 plotters roaming free: Javed in Lahore’ ; speaking at a function organised in the memory of Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, noted poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar said the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks were still roaming freely in Pakistan. He added that though many Pakistani artistes have been warmly welcomed in India, Pakistan had never held a show to honour Lata Mangeshkar. His comments drew loud cheers and applause from the audience. Kudos to Akhtar for calling a spade a spade and showing the mirror to Pakistan. It is a pity that there are some people in India who doubt his loyalty and integrity.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

Instrument of change

The political uproar that The Kashmir Files and BBC documentary India: The Modi Question have caused proves, beyond doubt, that this type of filmmaking has inherent power and capability of influencing society to the extent of bringing social and ideological change. More so, it holds a pretty fine mixture of all major art forms — visual, theatrical, musical and literary. Its relevance becomes more pronounced in our country because of the sad fact that we have a large population of uneducated people who till now have largely been influenced through hackneyed religious myths and beliefs.

Balvinder, Chandigarh

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Avoidable tragedy Other

Feb 22, 2023

Reference to ‘Morbi disaster’; the disaster was something that was completely avoidable. Only if the authorities were diligent enough to do their job, those 135 innocent lives could have been saved. It is unfortunate to hear about such incidents where mere negligence of the people in power and their greedy and corrupt nature takes away a common man’s life. Strict and exemplary action must be taken against such culprits.

Kalpana Bhatia, Jalandhar

Degree of discomfort

Apropos of ‘Temperature surge’; temperatures have been rising even earlier and more sharply and is quite ahead of schedule. It will shrivel the wheat crop considerably, especially in Punjab and Haryana. The lower-than-expected wheat production last year, too, emerged as a key reason for inflation. The government will need to be nimble to shield stocks, farm incomes and food security from the rapidly changing weather conditions.


Why fight over God?

Apropos of ‘Awakened intelligence is true religiosity’; the latest trend of religious preaching contaminated by political hatred is the most dangerous type of cocktail. It is unfortunate that even educated class has started actively participating in such ‘sermons’. Spreading hatred by these spiritual gurus is a sign of the beginning of social catastrophe. Sikhism preaches the concept of one God. The Bible says, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.’ Muslims too believe in one God. The universal opinion is that God is one and known in different sects by different names. If so, where lies the basis of conflict or hatred among different religions? Our leaders should convey the message of love to the masses.

VK Anand, Chandigarh

Punjab’s economy

Refer to ‘How Punjab can reduce its debt burden’; with the highest debt-GSDP ratio, the state has fallen into a debt trap and needs some tough decisions, which seems difficult for the present political leadership. Subsidies are a temporary step to provide relief, but these are made a permanent feature by politicians. The economy is shifting from asset based to knowledge based. Here, too, Punjab is facing a big challenge as our youth is migrating to foreign countries. Each immigration costs Rs 30-40 lakh, and this expenditure itself is a big drain on the state’s economy, apart from the loss of skilled manpower. Political leaders will have to broaden their vision and think beyond agriculture. Big industry in the engineering sector can impact the economy in a big way by creating employment and ancillary units. We can see the growth in Gurugram and the surrounding areas due to the car and motorbike industry. GST collection in December 2020 in Haryana was Rs 6,678 crore compared to Rs 1,734 crore for Punjab. Punjab must provide infrastructure for investment. We need a leadership that is able to rise above political interests.


Trapped in debt

Punjab’s debt imbroglio has assumed monstrous proportions to stymie the state’s development. Punjab’s debt-to-GSDP ratio of 53 per cent may be diminutive in comparison to India’s 83 per cent of the GDP, but the state has limited revenue generating options than the country. The biggest drag on Punjab’s fiscal spectrum contributing to the escalating debt is irrationally-designed subsidies, primarily power subsidy that successive governments have brazenly given presumably to leverage their vote share. Punjab doles out Rs 50 crore daily as power subsidy. To stimulate revenue to meet the spiralling expenditure on debt servicing, the government must focus on non-tax revenue, like energising and refurbishing the dysfunctional state enterprises.

Vikram Chadha, Amritsar

Celebrities as RS MPs

Apropos of ‘Harbhajan’s Parliament attendance 55%’; poor attendance record of most celebrities, including Rekha, Sachin Tendulkar and Mithun Chakraborty, in the Rajya Sabha is no surprise at all. Eminent persons are selected as RS MPs whose advice is sought to frame the governing legislations. But, our Rajya Sabha has become a dumping ground for failed politicians and celebrities. Others who cannot find a place in the RS are made Governors. If these posts don’t need a competent person than why not abolish these white elephant sinecure posts. The Rajya Sabha’s dignity should be upheld by selecting candidates of calibre, who can enrich the Upper House by their expert opinion, and also justify their selection by participating in the RS sessions and debates.

EL Singh, by mail

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Stop mining mafia Other

Feb 21, 2023

Refer to ‘Crush mining mafia’; the mining mafia has not been checked even after the murder of a DSP in Haryana, and now, the murder of a man in Punjab. Is it so difficult or impossible to stop the menace? The mafia has not been contained despite tall claims by successive governments. The involvement of political leaders and their relatives and friends in mining has further made the exercise fruitless. Hard decisions and sincerity to curb the environmental and economic fallout need to be implemented immediately. Exemplary punishment for members of the mafia may go a long way in tackling the issue.

Wg Cdr (Dr) JS Minhas (retd), Mohali

Reserved posts

Refer to ‘Despite job drive, reserved faculty posts in top universities vacant’; the backlog vacancies of reserved category can’t be attributed to non-availability of suitable candidates, rather it seems to be because of the biased and apathetic attitude of the so-called higher caste interviewers and selectors. In the recent past, around 537 high court judges were appointed, but only 15% (SC 2.8%, ST 1.3% and OBC 11%) were appointed instead of 49.50%. It is unfortunate that the ruling party’s MPs from the reserved category are also not able to raise questions pertaining to the filling of reserved posts at the appropriate forums.


No more a citizen

Reference to ‘Indians go West, take up “residence by investment”’; it is worrisome that the number of people relinquishing their Indian citizenship is increasing. This is an acute case of brain drain. It will hamper India’s growth and development prospects. India has a large share of young population and it would be prudent if the government creates a conducive environment for them. The potential of the younger generation is immense and ought to be harnessed adequately.

Aanya Singhal, Noida

Not so green

The middle ‘The pull of greener pastures’ is relevant and immigration is a hot topic of discussion across all kinds of forums. It is sad to witness the exodus of our fellow citizens, across all age groups, to foreign lands, emptying our towns and villages. Of late, the younger generation has been lured by attractive lifestyle and landscape showcased in our movies and their peers are already in those lands. What is not understood is the cost, both financial and emotional. Loans, mortgages and their ever-increasing interest rates, double-triple shifts to make their ends meet there, the sense of loneliness, away from the warmth of home and family — the list is endless. To top it, ageing parents are left to fend for themselves. One wonders if the greener pastures are really worth it or is it just a mirage!

Gunjeet Trehan, Jalandhar

Attendance in Parliament

Famous personalities being elected or nominated to Parliament and shirking from sessions is a common trend. Every institution in the country has mandatory attendance rules. Why should Parliament be exempted? The attendance issue must be initiated at the President’s level and passed in Parliament, where if the public representatives do not raise issues and have an attendance less than 70% in the first year, their salary should be stopped. They must also be fined. If the same routine continues in the second year, they shall be removed from their respective seats and banned from being elected or nominated again. The political party concerned shall be held responsible for the re-election expenses. Parliament is a place to serve and ensure the nation’s progress and not merely a source of second income or political links.

Harsimranvir Singh, Patiala

Evolve better system

Reference to ‘Collegium system near perfect: ex-CJI Lalit’; the claim seems far-fetched. Even the Constitution, from which the Collegium system derives its powers, is not perfect. It has been amended several times in pursuit of perfection that still eludes it. Earlier, the Supreme Court had said that it sees only eligibility, not suitability. Who sees suitability then? Can we have a system that sees both eligibility and suitability of the candidates? Should the elected representatives of the people have a say in the matter, as is the case in some countries like the US? Recently, we saw judges being appointed for a very brief period. For example, former CJI UU Lalit served for only 74 days, and two HC Chief Justices for just two weeks each. Is it not wastage of time and energy? We should evolve a better system to appoint judges.


Detrimental to peace Other

Feb 20, 2023

Refer to ‘Fishing in troubled waters’ (Nous Indica); the people of Punjab have always been in the forefront whenever successive governments failed to deliver, be it on the economic front or religious and social confrontations. The farmers’ agitation showed the power of resistance of its people to the whole world. But it should be a matter of concern for everyone when this power of the Punjabis, who are believed to be fearless warriors, is channelised for a cause which can be detrimental to social harmony. Protests and difference of opinion are regarded as signs of a healthy democracy, but when these platforms are misused by anti-social and anti-national elements, they start eating into the democratic setup. This disturbing trend should be checked immediately.

Pardeep Kumar Joshi, Ropar

Stoking discontent

Apropos of ‘Fishing in troubled waters’; the recent clash between the police and radicals in Mohali is symptomatic of the fast-deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab that can disturb peace and communal harmony, undermine economic development and pose a potential risk to national security and stability. Unfortunately, some anti-state forces, including asylum-seekers abroad and some international agencies, use religion to promote public discontent and secessionism in Punjab, which in the past has caused mayhem, resulting in the killing of some political leaders and innocent people and desecration of religious places. Instead of adopting an apathetic and dithering attitude, the government should focus on its basic functioning and revamp the law enforcement mechanism. Religious, social and civil society organisations and mainstream political parties should act as a moral force to save Punjab from getting trapped in a cycle of violence all over again.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

Put radio tower to use

Pakistan exploited the unrest in Punjab in 1984 through its unrelenting radio propaganda. The same machinery, which was at work then, is hyperactive even now. Our own response is lackadaisical. The then PM Manmohan Singh had announced the construction of a powerful radio station in Amritsar district (near Lahore) in 2007. The 1,000-ft radio tower was completed in 2013, when he was still in office. But after his exit, the project was put on the back-burner. The project is still incomplete and may remain so.

Harjap Singh Aujla, by mail

Combat failed insurgents

Since the AAP came to power in Punjab, disgruntled and power-hungry elements are coming in support of the radicals who were lying dormant (‘Fishing in troubled waters’). The activities of Khalistanis operating from Canada, the UK, Pakistan and some other countries are not only being ignored but also being encouraged. It is imperative to nip the evil in the bud. The biggest challenge before the AAP government is to curb violence. Failure to do so could imperil its political fortunes. People of Punjab have lived in the shadow of death for long. It is the foremost duty of any government to combat the failed insurgents trying to be active again and those supporting them.

Roshan Lal Goel, by mail

Organ donation

Refer to ‘Organ donation in India needs a major push’; there are so many myths about organ donation that people do not come forward. This is because of lack awareness on the subject. Organ donation is the best gift one can give to others. The donor has nothing to lose, but the donee has everything to gain. Ignorance, fear, belief, sentiments and religious practices often deter people. To educate the public, the government should use the media to highlight organ donation as a noble act that saves lives.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

Free to comment

Refer to ‘Bid to target Indian democratic system’, govt ticks off US investor George Soros’; when Adani’s companies were targeted by Hindenburg, many called it an attack on India. Now, an American billionaire’s comments that the Adani issue could open the door to ‘democratic revival’ in India have been sharply reacted to by the Indian Government through Smriti Irani, who sees it as an attack on Indian democracy. An attack on or by an individual is certainly not an attack on or by his country. George Soros does not represent America or any world organisation. Does an individual’s opinion matter that much for a big country like ours? There are many billionaires in the world with multiple business interests. Should any nation respond to whatever they comment about?

HL Sharma, Amritsar

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Values lacking Other

Feb 18, 2023

Refer to the ‘Partners turn killers’; what made the killings all the more diabolical is that the bodies of the victims were dismembered beyond recognition. It is a matter of grave concern that all this is happening despite stringent laws. This shows that even tougher laws are not working as deterrents. In olden times, the whole focus was on learning and character-building. It is imperative to revisit the school curriculum and inculcate in children Indian values and ethos of respecting women.

Maheshwer Sharma, by mail

Opposition matters

The Opposition plays a crucial role in a democracy as it amplifies the voices of the underground political public (‘Onus on govt to take Opposition seriously’). Parliamentary sessions provide an opportunity to parties and citizens to understand the government’s programmes and the alternatives. But in recent years, parliamentary debates have plummeted to the depths of farce or reduced to mere political slugfests for which both the ruling and opposition parties are equally to blame. Unfortunately, the absence of quality debates in Parliament over Budget and the Adani row has witnessed repeated disruptions and adjournments involving unwanted waste of time and taxpayers’ money. Instead of being partisan and a mud-slinging exercise, parliamentary sessions should be better utilised. Speeches by the opposition MPs should not be expunged because these may prove to be a game changer for government policies and programmes. Denial of debate in Parliament on sensitive topics of national and international importance would undermine the country’s democratic credentials.

Tajpreet S Kang, Hoshiarpur

Can’t ignore Opposition

The article ‘Onus on govt to take Opposition seriously’ seeks to remind the government of its obligation to respect the Opposition which is equally important in the healthy working of parliamentary democracy. The role of the Opposition is to keep the government on its toes and bring it to task for its acts of omission and commission through parliamentary questions, motions, debates and discussions. The party in power cannot ignore the opposition, and the concerns it raises, for long, except at its own peril. What shape the public mandate takes during an election is anybody’s guess.

Raj Kumar Goyal, by mail

Absurd reaction

Apropos of the survey conducted by the income tax authorities, the reason behind the raid is absurd. All of a sudden, the government remembered all the violations committed by the BBC after it released the controversial documentary. Why was this investigation not done earlier? Does the government presume that the public won’t be able to understand its dirty politics? The government can’t deal with a strong and opinionated media. If any media house tries to write anything against the government, either it is paid money to keep its mouth shut, or is defamed by accusing it of cheating or fraud. The government wants to make the media dance to its tunes.

Vidhi Joshi, Jalandhar

Carbon sequestration

Our farm soil has lost 30-75% of its organic carbon content, as per the reports released by ICAR. Global warming and climatic changes are already impacting soil composition. In the long run, this will not only impact crop production, but also our promise of feeding every empty stomach through the food security Act. The only ray of hope is carbon sequestration supported with other good crop production practices, like agro-forestry, forest and grassland management, use of organic manure, adequate irrigation and erosion control measure. By following such practices religiously we will not only be saving our environmental, but also moving towards sustainable goals.

Ravinder kumar Thakur, Kishtwar

Channel for Himachal

Reference to the launching of a 24x7 DD Himachal channel; it is indeed a feather in the cap of the state. Union Minister Anurag Thakur, who is instrumental in opening the channel, deserves accolades for this. Himachal Pradesh became a full- fledged state in 1971, but had no dedicated channel. With the launch of the channel, the rich and cultural heritage of the state will get showcased. It will add to both national and international tourism. The artists, litterateurs, freedom fighters and social workers of the state will get highlighted, who until now live in oblivion as national channels are not able to focus much on individual states. The channel should make sure that it gives impartial coverage and not be monopolised by a few sycophants.

KR Bharti, Shimla

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Wrong message Other

Feb 17, 2023

Apropos of ‘BBC on I-T radar’; the Income Tax Department conducted a survey at the offices of the BBC barely weeks after a two-part documentary on Gujarat violence. India will not be able to defend itself if and when challenged on international forums. This is truly the worst message the largest democracy can convey to the rest of the world. It hardly pays if the government unleashes statutory authorities on media houses. It is now a litmus test for both the BBC and the I-T Department; the outcome is being keenly awaited by the people of the country.

Ramesh Gupta, Narwana

Act of vindictiveness

Reference to ‘BBC on I-T radar’; the BBC is considered reliable and its commendable role during the 1965/1971 wars and the 1984 riots won the appreciation of all. This is not mere coincidence that government action took place immediately after the telecast of the documentary. To anybody the surveys of I-T teams in Mumbai and Delhi offices of the BBC would seem to be an act of vindictiveness. The Income Tax Department must come clean and clear these doubts.

VK Anand, Chandigarh

Judiciary being weakened

Amid the talk of independence of the judiciary, the Modi government has already scored a ‘hat-trick’ in giving retired SC judges plum posts. Within a month of retiring from the SC, Justice S Abdul Nazeer has been appointed Andhra Pradesh Governor. He was a part of the Constitution Bench that decided the Ayodhya dispute. He is not the first SC judge to have received a high-profile political appointment soon after his retirement during Modi’s tenure. The other two are Justice P Sathasivam, who was appointed Kerala Governor, and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who was nominated as an RS member. All these appointments are a signal from the government, letting the members of the higher judiciary know that they will be suitably rewarded if they give favourable decisions. This will encourage a culture of sycophancy. The judiciary is slowly being weakened.

Beant Singh Bedi, Mohali

Air India’s mega deal

Refer to ‘AI to buy 470 planes from Airbus, Boeing’; the deal has everything to do with India’s economics prospectus as it will help India remain one of the fastest-growing major economies in foreseeable future. It is indeed a landmark moment in the history of Indian aviation. The deal will create employment opportunities. Realpolitik is all about evaluating trade-offs and one of India’s advantages today is that its economic heft and potential give it the space to simultaneously access overflight routes over Russia and buy planes from US and French companies. Boeing and Airbus make military aircraft and both these companies have independent manufacturing facilities in India. Therefore, big deals and buy orders will be just the first stage.

SK Singh, by mail

Self-reliant India

Apropos of ‘Defence production’; this is new India which is growing at an unstoppable pace. Initiatives like import substitution and ‘Make in India’ will help the country become self-reliant. Defence production in the country will also increase employment and export. It will also help in reducing the fiscal deficit, boost our economy and make the country strong. Some projects are behind schedule, but new things take time. The government is taking steps so that our country can become the best in the world.

Tanishka Pruthi, Ludhiana

‘Selling’ players

Refer to ‘League of extraordinary women’; the Concise Oxford Dictionary defines ‘auction’ as ‘public sale in which articles are sold to maker of highest bid’. Players are not articles to be sold or bought in an auction. When a player gets sold, he/she gets reduced to the level of a commodity. The focus shifts from the game to the price a player carries. Using terms like ‘auction’, ‘sell’ and ‘buy’, etc., for human beings is degrading. Instead of saying ‘players are sold’, it would be better to say ‘players would be rewarded’ or ‘given prize’ to uphold their dignity as well as that of the game. Words with negative connotations should be avoided.


Biased criticism

Apropos of ‘PM’s uncivil gesture’; it is evident that had the writer understood the connotation of these words in their right perspective, he would not have condemned the PM for the same and suggested him to apologise to Rahul Gandhi. The opposition parties want to form a Third Front to rout Modi and not the BJP. All Opposition members speak ill of the PM. What is wrong if he used these words? He is the first Prime Minister who has taken India to unprecedented heights, which is why the so-called world powers like the US, Russia and other countries desire to be India’s friend.

Rajinder K Arora, Kurukshetra

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Work for J&K’s good Other

Feb 16, 2023

Apropos of ‘J&K statehood after Assembly poll: Shah’; the imperativeness to let J&K vote is not moot, but raking the statehood issue is immature as it goes without saying that the likely prerequisite for it would be that the new majority dispensation, post polls, commits sincerity sans the abrogated special status tag. Those who decry denial of public rule since the BJP-PDP alliance fell apart in 2018 are in fact responsible for it. The onus is on the mainstream political parties, the NC and PDP in particular, to shed their special-status stance and work for the good of J&K and its people. Regardless of who wins, the election should be a time for optimism and fresh approaches. The EC must hold elections in April-May.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

I-T survey at BBC offices

The BBC recently aired a documentary on the 2002 riots in Gujarat when PM Modi was the CM there. The Hindenburg report has exposed Adani’s manipulations and his connection with the PM. The PM skips answering serious questions on his connections with Adani. The BBC offices in Mumbai and New Delhi were surveyed by the Income Tax Department. The government says it is not a raid, but a survey. But the timing of the survey shows that the action has been taken in response to the documentary. The government is acting like British rulers who used political power to suppress people who dared to challenge anti-people decisions. However, they eventually had to cede power.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Kharar

Can’t evade Adani row

Refer to ‘Adani issue puts Opposition unity to test’; the Adani issue is very specific and clear. Opposition unity or Bofors case now has no relevance to the current topic that has become a national subject. PM Narendra Modi talked about everything, but the issue. For discerning minds, the picture is clear. Why is he evading the subject; what to speak of giving reply to the questions on the issue? Absolute majority does not give any party the privilege to evade the subject in a healthy democracy.

BM Singh, Amritsar

JPC probe

Refer to ‘Why govt running away from JPC probe on Adani issue, asks Congress’; in view of the petitions being filed in the Supreme Court seeking a probe against Adani Group in the backdrop of the Hindenburg report alleging financial irregularities, the committee which the government has agreed to constitute must include members of the Opposition. The joint parliamentary committee (JPC) would investigate all aspects of the biggest-ever financial scam, ranging from the alleged political overleverage to the dubious role of the LIC and the SBI and the Indian leadership’s influence in helping the conglomerate getting favourable business contracts in foreign countries. This will not only make the probe fair but also stop further disruptions in Parliament. Hopefully, the Centre chooses national interest over crony capitalism.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

AAP misusing funds

Reference to ‘Health units branded aam clinics, Centre fumes’; the AAP government is fooling the residents of Punjab as well as the Centre by branding health wellness centres as Aam Aadmi Clinics. Shifting doctors from dispensaries to serve at Aam Aadmi Clinics is playing with the trust of the residents that they had instilled in the government. This move of the AAP is hardly prudent as the state is already mired in a financial crisis and has been misusing the funds allocated by the Centre.

Abhilasha Gupta, Mohali

C-section deliveries

Apropos of ‘C-section deliveries rise’; it is appalling that nationally, more than 38 per cent of babies born in the private sector are being delivered through surgical methods as compared to just 15 per cent in the government sector. This is more than the WHO’s recommendation of 10 to 15 per cent for any nation. The number of C-section deliveries is increasing continuously in India. There could be several reasons for the growing disparity, among them, the increased health insurance coverage since the launch of the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Due to insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh, C-section is often done without medical reasons as the payment is assured for an insured person. Although Caesarean delivery can be a life-saving surgery, this procedure should be performed only when medically indicated.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

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Hold elections in J&K Other

Feb 15, 2023

Apropos of ‘Let J&K vote’; the political process in J&K has remained stalled since the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019. To prevent violent protests, this process had to be suspended. Much water has flowed under the bridge since then and there is hardly any possibility of eruption of violence. Our vibrant democratic system makes it imperative to conduct the elections in J&K. People of J&K can’t be denied their right to be governed by their elected representatives. When elections are being conducted in NE states, why not in J&K? The Centre must take a leap of faith and respect the public mandate, irrespective of the political party voted to power.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa

Restore people’s faith

Being located in a sensitive and strategic area, people of J&K deserve to stay in a peaceful atmosphere. That is possible if they have their own say through their leaders. By allowing the citizens to participate in the democratic process through voting, their trust in the mainstream will be strengthened. Leaders must represent and support the people’s aspirations by shunning their own selfish motives, if any. Being an integral part of India, the rights of the citizens of the union territory should be similar as elsewhere in India to move on the path of peace and progress. The time is ripe to conduct the elections so that people’s faith in democracy is restored.

Subhash Vaid, by mail

Guv-CM tussle unfortunate

The latest confrontation between the CM and Governor of Punjab is unfortunate. The situation could have been avoided had the CM answered the questions cool-headedly. The points raised by the constitutional head of the state were quite valid. The CM’s assertion that he is answerable only to the people of the state is a vague reply. How can the public in general know the details when the government remains evasive on important matters? A massive mandate, unfortunately, often turns rulers into monarchs.

Sat Pal Sharma, Bathinda

Governor vs government

The relations between the two top functionaries of Punjab — the Governor and CM — have been far from normal for quite some time. The recent missive fired by the Governor, seeking an explanation on five public issues from the government has added fuel to the fire. The CM’s curt reply that he is answerable only to the people of Punjab and not to the Centre-appointed Governor has in a way created a Constitutional crisis in the state. If the Mann-led AAP government has not done anything wrong then what is the harm in replying to the Governor’s queries? The CM shouldn’t ignore the fact that he has been elected to govern the state as per the Constitution and not as per his whims and fancies. At the same time, it does not behove the Governor to ridicule the state government in the media. Decorum and protocol must be observed by both for the state’s progress.

NK Gosain, Bathinda

PM’s uncivil gesture

His recent ‘performances’ in Parliament and outside suggest that PM Modi wants to project himself as a superhero. His utterance ‘Desh dekh raha hai, ek akela kitnon pe bhari padh raha hai’ is one such example. However, it is unfortunate that in a fit of bravado, he sometimes transgresses the limits of civility. One such instance was when he sarcastically asked Congress leader Rahul why he was a Gandhi and not a Nehru. The PM insulted him because in our society, an individual is known by his father’s name. Such uncivil behaviour is not expected from the PM. He should apologise to Rahul.

Beant Singh Bedi, Mohali

Parsis are happy-go-lucky

Apropos of ‘Meeting the lovable Parsis’; given that their number is now less than a lakh, not everybody in India is lucky enough to encounter a Parsi during their lifetime. The caricatured Parsi of Bollywood is the closest many of us have been to a Parsi. Working for a public sector bank in Mumbai, it has been my good fortune to interact with a number of Parsis. It’s jolly good fun to be around them for there’s no meanness in them. They can make and take jokes in the same spirit.

Anthony Henriques, Mumbai

Make WPL a success

Refer to ‘Mandhana goes for Rs 3.4 cr, Harman Rs 1.8 cr’; five franchises opened their purses to shell out Rs 59.5 crore to buy 87 players. Though Rs 3.4 crore for Smriti Mandhana may not look as astronomical as what some male players get for IPL, it must be noted that the latter is a 15-year-old brand and has established its credibility over a decade. Hopefully, once all stakeholders, including the critical ones, and fans embrace the Women’s Premier League (WPL) with the same love and passion, we may see higher amounts being bid for women cricketers too in the coming years. Now, all efforts should be aimed at making WPL a success.

Bal Govind, Noida

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Exploration of lithium Other

Feb 14, 2023

Reference to ‘Lithium discovery’; it is heartening that the Geological Survey of India has found tonnes of lithium in Reasi district. The discovery can put India ahead of major producer countries like Australia, China and second only to the largest global producer, Chile. Its detection can turn out to be a shot in the arm for the manufacturers of electric vehicles in the country. However, the exploration of this metal must be conducted very carefully in terms of the environment. The recent case of Joshimath must be kept in mind to avoid disturbing the eco-sensitivity of the area.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

Kirpan row

Refer to ‘UK Sikhs at risk of being “banned” from courts’; why should one carry a kirpan, whether big or small, if it is banned under the law? No religion can be above the law. Sometime ago, a leader of a political outfit was not allowed to enter Parliament while carrying a sword that he insisted was his religious right. A Sikh organisation has come out against a Sikh soldier wearing a helmet, without realising that it was intended to protect his head from fatal bullet injuries in combat. Sikhs do not wear the helmet while riding a two-wheeler. A turban cannot protect one from head injuries. Over 50 per cent of deaths in two-wheeler accidents occur due to non-wearing of the helmet. Sikhs should look beyond kirpan and turban issues and follow legal guidelines for the sake of safety. Infringement of law that puts one’s own life and that of others in danger is not an act of bravery.


Another ‘godman’

As if there was a shortage of ‘godmen’ in our country, the media has created another ‘godman’. Most of us had not heard about Dhirendra Shastri or Bageshwar baba till a month ago. Now, this young man from a nondescript place is everywhere on TV screen. He was interviewed recently on a popular TV show, thus giving him celebrity status! One fails to understand why the media, electronic media in particular, is creating another ‘godman’. One expects the media to promote rationality instead of irrationality.


Faith healers

Apropos of ‘In defence of healing the body through faith’; boons and blessings have been an integral part in the life of the faithful in human history. For a sufferer, a doctor’s word is a more effective medicine than his treatment that takes time to be effective. Faith healers are no better than modern-day psychologists and psychiatrists but they do have the backing of religious sentiments rather than any institutional certification. Instead of taking them to task, they should be recognised and respected as one more medium to ameliorate the sufferings of human beings. A few black sheep are the bane of every profession and that does not justify targeting of the entire professional fraternity.

DV Sharma, Mukerian

Lame excuse

Refer to Abhishek Singhvi questioning the suspension of Rajani Patil by claiming that neither a show-cause notice was issued nor prior intimation was given (Refer to ‘Kharge calls meet of Opposition parties’); one wishes that Kharge and other senior leaders had prevented Patil from doing so, as such an act could hardly be appreciated and presumably non-permissible too under the parliamentary laws, instead of Singhvi taking convenient shelter behind technicalities.

Kumar Gupt, by mail

Make democracy matter

Refer to ‘The Adani question’; Indian democracy could have reached its peak had Lal Bahadur Shastri lived more as a PM. There probably would not have been violence in Punjab and Kashmir. True democracy has the power to overcome all obstacles. MPs do not realise that the PM is recognised at the international forum because India is the largest democracy otherwise nobody is going to bother about a country whose sizeable population depends upon government-sponsored or subsidised schemes. Corruption, nepotism and sycophancy have virtually wiped out the Congress. BJP’s policies of dealing at the macro level will cost the party dear. Rahul Gandhi and Sanjay Singh (AAP) have emerged as victors for raising the Adani issue fearlessly. The government cannot escape its responsibility by denying an inquiry into the allegation of crony capitalism.


Could be conspiracy

Apropos of ‘The Adani question’; the Finance Minister has clarified that it is not the responsibility of the government to regulate the stock market. Independent institutions like SEBI and RBI are already in place to look after the stock market. The BBC is an independent foreign news channel and Hindenburg, too, is a foreign-based short-seller, therefore it is not possible to investigate and prove their intentions. There is a possibility that conspirators connived with foreign-based players to malign PM Modi.

Ashok Bahl, Kangra

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Investors hit hard Other

Feb 13, 2023

Apropos of ‘The Adani question’ (Nous Indica); it would have been desirable if someone from the treasury benches or the Opposition parties had spoken about the plight of the lakhs of investors whose hard-earned money drowned following the nose-diving of the shares of Adani’s companies. The media projected the whole confrontation between Rahul Gandhi and PM Modi in terms of who scored more brownie points. The most nauseating gesture was the PM thumping his chest repeatedly during the debate in the Lok Sabha. If there is maryada for the Members of Parliament, it is required more from the person who is the Prime Minister of the country.

Ravinder Kumar Jain, Ludhiana

Hidden agenda

‘The Adani question’ (Nous Indica) is deep-rooted and complex. Multiple international forces, including the media, and market manipulators like Hindenburg are out to pursue their hidden agendas. The country’s regulators must keep a sincere and purposeful ‘watch’. PM Modi’s vague rhetoric, evading a public inquiry, seems like a strategy calculated to safeguard short-term and long-term interests.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

Adani row

The way the PM tried to trivialise the allegations of crony capitalism during his long speeches does not behove a tall leader like him. The charge of favouritism and nepotism levelled against him would have been diluted had he assured the House of conducting a transparent investigation into the allegations of misconduct. There may or may not be any conspiracy angle behind the Hindenburg report, but the way the PM made light of the allegations on the strength of his unmatched popularity didn’t inspire confidence.

Roshan Lal Goel, by mail

Poor standard of debate

That India is going to get a new Parliament is great. However, what is disquieting is the standard of debate and discourse inside Parliament that we have been witnessing for years. All that we hear is rants against opponents. The taxpayers’ money is being spent to make the citizens of this country suffer inanities, even while the lawmakers create all the noise about India being a great democracy. It is hoped that the new Parliament is used for informed debates on issues of national importance that help in enhancing the stature of Parliament in the citizens’ eyes and in educating the common populace. The recent discourses have only had the members of the House clapping and laughing as if they are watching the Kapil Sharma show.

Chander Malhotra, Noida

Be wary of US

Refer to ‘US must address India’s ties with Russia & its slide in democratic values’; this is a diplomatic way of saying that the US should not allow India to continue with its cosy relationship with Russia and should take action on the pretext of democratic values. The US itself has been the fountainhead of terrorism. It helped many authoritarian governments for its own interests. It has helped Pakistan against India for decades by supplying dollars and weapons. It has destroyed many nations who resisted the loot of their natural resources, or refused to buckle under its diktats — Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and recently Ukraine. Zelenskyy was imposed upon Ukraine after the removal of the ‘unfriendly’ regime under Poroshenko. Putin is being painted as a villain, but the real villain is Joe Biden who has destroyed Ukraine to sell its armaments. India has to remain vigilant against the US more than China or Pakistan. With the General Election just a year away, we may see an increase in anti-India activities.


Improve PHC infra

Refer to ‘Sangrur residents against move to convert PHC into Aam Aadmi Clinic’; the Mann government is busy establishing Mohalla Clinics, which is a good step. But what about the dispensaries already established in rural areas? Their condition is extremely poor and their buildings need immediate attention. Rural hospitals have been facing an acute shortage of doctors, nurses, lab technicians and cleaners. Undoubtedly, it is not wise to convert PHCs into Mohalla Clinics. The government should instead focus on improving the condition of existing PHCs.


Spy balloon

China’s spy balloon rings an alarm bell for other countries to be aware of China’s strategy. It is nothing but a ploy by China who wants to spy on the activities of other countries. After Covid, China has been adversely affected, whether it be its economy or global image. It can stoop to any extent to fulfil its objectives.

Vidhi Joshi, Jalandhar

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Going backwards Other

Feb 11, 2023

Refer to the editorial ‘Cow Hug Day’; the government wants the nation to be vishwaguru, but its actions are taking us backwards. If all humans are considered equal, how can animals be differentiated? Stray cows have been the cause of serious accidents on roads. Farmers have been urging the administration for the rehabilitation of stray cattle to save their crops. Instructions from government agencies to celebrate Cow Hug Day to counter Valentine’s Day are nothing but a political and religious gimmick. People cannot be forced to celebrate such unmindful acts. Stray cows on roads should be rehabilitated with the money being spent on such propaganda.

Wg Cdr (Dr) JS Minhas (retd), Mohali


Reference to ‘Neglecting MGNREGS undermines...’; the scheme was started with the aim of providing guaranteed employment to unskilled workers in rural areas, but at ground level, it has failed to reach the needy. Funds are hardly utilised purposefully with any visible results. In most cases, these are controlled by ilaqa MLAs in connivance with BDPOs and village heads, with only their ‘selected’ job seekers on the muster rolls. There are examples of the same manpower desilting the same village pond throughout the year without any improvement. A retired civil servant recently mentioned that most of the funds are generally ‘utilised’ in March before the closing of the financial year to complete official records. Though MGNREGS has given employment to over six crore persons during the financial year 2021-22, it can achieve the objective of mitigating poverty in rural areas only if it is implemented genuinely and meaningfully. This would be possible only if fund utilisation and resultant work output is monitored at the micro level.

Lt Col JS Dullat (Retd), Patiala

Operation Dost

It is a welcome move that India has launched Operation Dost under which three NDRF teams have been sent along with the medical teams with necessary assistance to spearhead the rescue operations in earthquake-torn Turkey and Syria. It is heartening that the NDRF team rescued a six-year-old girl from under the debris. Medical teams, too, are leaving no stone unturned to help the needy in temporary operating theatres being run by them. All world powers, including India, should continue rendering financial, medical and disaster-related assistance to the two countries till they stabilise.

Maheshwer Sharma, by mail

Mud and lotus

‘Opposition mud will only make lotus bloom’ is the latest gem of wisdom from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. To a layman, the implication is that the more mud there is, the more the lotus would bloom. The culmination of this process would be when the lotus reaches its fullest bloom — when the ‘Hindu rashtra’ (BJP’s dream) is established. Correspondingly, the Indian ‘environment’ would find itself saturated with mud, which also symbolises corruption, misgovernance and other related evils.

Beant Singh Bedi, Mohali

China’s spy balloon

Apropos of the editorial ‘Chinese eye in the sky’; the shooting down of the Chinese balloon by the US has perhaps set back the clock to 1960 — the peak of the Cold war era — when an American spy plane was shot down by the Soviet Union. From planes to drones, and now, balloons are the target for practice in the global shooting range and a climbdown in visual effects. Nations now revert to diplomatic fencing.


Repo rate hike

It was somewhat astonishing to observe that the Reserve Bank of India has hiked the repo rate by 25 basis points to tame inflation which carries no weight (‘Repo rate hike’). With this hike, borrowings are set to get more expensive and EMI will be increased. People are already suffering due to the high prices of essential commodities. The authorities should reconsider the decision and maintain status quo.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurugram

Clean chit to Modi

The write-up ‘An avoidable controversy’ appears to be biased against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The writer has not mentioned anywhere in his article that the Supreme Court of India has already given the clean chit to Modi in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.

RK Arora, Mohali

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Not a laughing matter Other

Feb 10, 2023

PM Narendra Modi’s reply to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address again sidelined the allegations against him. As usual, instead of replying to the alleged wrongdoings or favouritism with regard to the Adani issue, he chose to blame Congress rule. The Congress has already paid the price for its misrule. The BJP and its brass should learn lessons from Congress’ mistakes. It seems that it is not the trust and faith of 140 crore Indians, but the ‘lost decade’, as referred to by the PM, that is shielding the BJP. Taking jibes at the Opposition and evoking laughter from the Treasury Benches, instead of coming out with a convincing reply to the allegations, is the forte of the Prime Minister. Having a comfortable majority in Parliament and other electoral victories do not mean that he is not answerable to the masses.

Sanjeev Trikha, Fatehabad

MPs’ behaviour in House

It is sad to see our Members of Parliament boycotting or disrupting the speech of the President or the PM in Parliament and staging walkouts. Instead of shouting, MPs can express their objections when their turn comes. For a healthy democracy, constructive criticism is necessary. But our ruling MPs appreciate and laud everything the government does, while the MPs of opposition parties criticise it. What is the use of such discussions? They must realise that not just India, but the world is watching our parliamentary proceedings. Our MPs must accept both appreciation and criticism and maintain their own and the country’s honour through a civilised behaviour in Parliament. Now, voters have become aware. The leaders must behave responsibly.

O Prasada Rao, Hyderabad

Indigenisation of copters

Refer to the editorial ‘New helicopter factory’; India has started manufacturing defence equipment, thereby cutting down its bill of importing arms from other countries. The latest addition to the list is manufacturing of Light Utility Helicopters in India. These helicopters will add more strength to the country’s defence preparedness. It will also augment avenues for utilisation of these all-purpose helicopters in other fields. India should consider employing these choppers for civil purposes like ferrying goods and people from one place to other. These helicopters can be used for heli taxi service in big cities. This will help in decongesting busy roads and trains.

Surinder Kumar Mahna, Karnal

Take care of parents

Reference to the middle ‘At life’s fag-end, finding a new home’; the piece speaks volumes about the environment at old-age homes. Every aged person who is there because of his/her circumstances, lives happily in the company of new ‘family’ members. Kudos to the visionary people who have set up such homes, the kind-hearted caretakers and visiting doctors, in whom the inmates see their saviour. This is a terse reminder to children that when others can take care of their parents when they need them the most, why can’t they, for whom the parents did all that they could. It is the moral responsibility of the children to look after their parents. The concept of nuclear family violates the human rights of senior citizens who end up living a lonely life in such homes.

Raj Kumar Goyal, Patiala

Border infrastructure

The geographical location of India is such that it cannot trust the Chinese army on the borders. The current regime is laying stress on increasing investments for developing infrastructure along the border for greater connectivity. The construction of the 135-km-long Chushul-Dungti-Fukche-Demchok road in the Ladakh region, which is of strategic importance, has already been started. According to official documents, the length of roads along the China border has doubled in the last eight years. Increased connectivity will provide greater mobility to our forces in case of any ‘misadventure’ at the border.

Ravinder Kumar Thakur, Kishtwar

Dents credibility

Reference to ‘Bench and bigotry’; the elevation of advocate Victoria Gowri as a judge of the Madras High Court does raise eyebrows. It begs the question whether the third pillar of our democracy, i.e the judiciary, still remains beyond reproach! Furthermore, the executive has only betrayed its compulsive nature of delaying the judicial appointment process. This attitude is indeed unpalatable and dents the credibility of the largest democracy in the world.

Aanya Singhal, Noida

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Crucial milestone Other

Feb 09, 2023

Refer to ‘New helicopter factory’; India has been among the world’s biggest arms importers, and it is heartening that in the emerging new India, the government is making real efforts to cut down on the import bill and encouraging startups. It is a milestone for the country. In the coming years, India is likely to become an arms exporter.

Vishek Gour, New Delhi

Japanese quake model

The editorial ‘When quake strikes’ is an eye-opener. Structural collapse does call for the highest quality of engineering construction in hazardous seismic zones. There should be strict compliance to building codes, quake-resistant designs and optimum engineering input. Turning to the Japanese method of engineering and quick response mechanism will also help. It is vital to create public awareness. Novel preparedness is the key.

PV Prakash, Mumbai

Vulnerable to earthquake

Refer to ‘When quake strikes’; earthquake is a disaster that visits once in a while but leaves untold misery behind, like the one in Turkey and Syria. The same scale earthquake had rocked Kangra in 1905, in which 20,000 people died and many more were injured. Administrative help had to be rushed from Jalandhar Division. But we refuse to learn from history and we see concrete jungles surfacing in Kangra and elsewhere in the country without any check of earthquake-resistant techniques being adopted. In the existing buildings, experts advise retrofitting measures, but governments provide funds more for relief in terms of money than for mitigation in terms of techniques.

Kanshiram Bharti, by mail

Pak in dire straits

Apropos of ‘Game of hardball is on’; Pakistan has been dire straits politically and economically since its birth. Its democracy is unstable and military has the ‘remote control’ of all important matters of the nation. It has pushed the country to the brink of destruction. Bangladesh came into existence after bifurcating Pakistan — an avoidable failure of the leadership. The world knows that Islamic terrorism is a product of Pakistan. Turkey, an Islamic state, is a modern state with no parochial leanings. Burqa is banned in Turkey. Islam, an Arabic word, which stands for peace, obedience and surrender, if followed, will bring peace to the state for which Muslim intellectuals of the world should come forward and teach their multitudes.

BM Singh, Amritsar

Hike in repo rate

Refer to ‘RBI hikes repo rate’; the RBI-mandated Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) hiking the benchmark repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5 per cent, citing sticky core inflation, did not come as a surprise. Significantly, the latest hike was backed by four members in a six-member MPC, thereby implying the lack of unanimity among them over such a key decision. Various bank loan seekers would, henceforth, be required to bear more financial burden for availing the said facilities. Notably, the RBI has also projected a growth rate of 6.4 per cent as against the latest Economic Survey’s growth projection of 6-6.8 per cent for 2023-24, much lower than the government’s earlier projection of 7-7.5 per cent.

Kumar Gupt, by mail

Protect the Constitution

Apropos of ‘Defend Constitution against predatory politicians’; the Indian Constitution is the longest written Constitution in the world. The significant implication of ‘We, the people’ is that the Constitution is created by the entire nation. The Preamble has clearly indicated the ideals set before the nation. They are justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. The 24th Amendment empowered Parliament to introduce changes in any part of the Constitution, provided they don’t hurt the ‘basic structure’ of the Constitution. The Preamble declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic. The Constitution should be protected and respected in every way.

RK Pawar, Phagwara

Investment in Himachal

Apropos of ‘Investment bureau to be set up: Minister’; investors from other states are not willing to invest in Himachal because according to Section 118, only those Himachalis can purchase land in Himachal who are agriculturists. If there are no restrictions under Section 118, the investors will come to Himachal in large numbers to set up their business enterprises. This will provide employment opportunities to the people and the prices of land will also escalate. Taking advantage of the present situation, rich agriculturists are now purchasing lands from small farmers at low prices. So, the ultimate loser is the poor small farmer for whom this law was enacted. He is neither getting employment opportunity nor good price for his land.

Ashok Bahl, by mail

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Jamia Nagar case Other

Feb 08, 2023

Reference to ‘Jamia Nagar violence’; the acquittal of the 11 accused in the Jamia violence case should come as no surprise because it is just par for the course in the convictions obtained by the police in such cases. A Muslim-sounding name somehow acts like a red flag to our investigating authorities. The comments of the court on their discharge should have deeply embarrassed the prosecutors, but from past experience, we know its unlikely to happen. There is a feeling that the police are not really interested in obtaining convictions, but are happy to put the accused behind bars, where the process of getting themselves acquitted becomes the punishment. Not the best advertisement for a supposed ‘mother of democracy’.


Ban on betting apps

It is a much-appreciated decision of the Government of India to block 232 China-based betting and lending apps, which were involved in the extortion of money. Incidents of extortion and harassment have been reported from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. These applications were in violation of Section 69 of the IT Act. The nation comes first, and when something like this poses a threat to the sovereignty and integrity of the country, it should be wiped out from its roots.

Ravinder Kumar Thakur, Kishtwar

Cheating mobile users

Apropos of ‘Ban on Chinese apps’; the black sheep Chinese apps are exploiting young Internet users to steal precious personal data of Indian citizens. In the name of easy loans, they are cheating the poor, and even dare to threaten them by using cheap practices of releasing their personal details in the public domain. Perhaps, it is part of their state’s agenda to collect data from mobiles of these users and to wage a cyber war against their countries. China in the past has successfully demonstrated its hacking prowess by showing its strength in countries like the US and India, which they never accepted. Therefore, banning these apps with Chinese links is a sign of proactive and corrective vigilance by the Indian Government.

Virender Sharma, Shimla

Be a step ahead

Reference to ‘Ban on Chinese apps’; the kind of technological evolutionary times we are living in, we are prone to such risks. It is a welcome move by the government to ban betting and money-lending apps that were harassing people. Cybercrime and security risks are genuine threats in today’s society and cannot be brushed under the carpet. It is alarming that cyberattacks have increased more than thrice in the past three-four years, which is a testimony to our increasing vulnerability. Though we have dedicated cybercrime police station branches in many cities, the police need to be few steps ahead of these criminals who continuously outsmart the police.

Bal Govind, Noida

Nation’s interest first

Refer to the news report ‘Amid BBC series row, Sunak joins India-UK strategic dialogue’; the British Prime Minister’s gesture to join the India-UK NSA dialogue is welcomed. However, the UK’s failure to stop anti-India activities, like the holding of referendum by pro-Khalistanis and to extradite economic offenders like Nirav Modi belies its true intentions. Similarly, Canada wants to deepen bilateral ties without removing the Khalistan irritant; and China seeks bilateralism without resolving the border dispute. Pakistan is keen on trade ties without stopping cross-border terrorism. If these countries are not ready to budge from their stand, why should India dither from its rightful stand? The government must ensure that while dealing with these two-faced countries, the nation’s interests are not compromised at any cost.


Adani issue

This refers to ‘Adani issue paralyses Parliament for third day, govt engages Oppn’; the Adani Group is a multinational conglomerate having several companies. The report of Hindenburg Research, a US-based financial research firm, has levelled serious financial allegations against the group. There are many agencies, such as Security & Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Enforcement Directorate, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), legal cells of banks and financial institutions, LIC, Ministry of Finance etc. — and similar agencies in other countries — where the Adani Group has dealings and perhap connections. Let these agencies take appropriate action. Why should the issue be discussed in Parliament and why should the Opposition disrupt its proceedings?


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Mining mafia Other

Feb 07, 2023

Reference to ‘Illegal mining in Haryana’; it is disheartening that the mafia has evolved and organised its network so well that it even dares to challenge the system and is unafraid to even attack or kill government officials. Though there are many provisions in law to prevent such incidents, they will be effective only if they are implemented, and not used only for political gains. Negligence of the matter initially and corrupt officials have contributed to this menace. However, it can be stopped if the officials concerned do their duty with honesty and maintain professional integrity. The government must back them with the required resources.

Kushagar Bansal, by mail

Running show arbitrarily

As soon as the Parliament Session started, various opposition parties gave notice to discuss the Adani-Hindenburg issue, but presiding officers of both Houses have rejected it, leading to adjournment without transacting any substantial business entailing huge public money. If the stalemate is not sorted out, Parliament may be further adjourned. What is the use of these customary pre-session meetings when the government is to run Parliament arbitrarily and not give a proper reply to questions raised by the Opposition? Earlier, too, the government allowed one or the other sessions to be washed out, and thereby jeopardising parliamentary democracy.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Discuss Adani row

Parliament is the place where people’s voice is raised and to deny discussion is a matter of a concern (‘Want debate, not disruption: TMC strikes discordant note’). The government seems to be sending a wrong message by not allowing a discussion in the House. Why is the government hesitating to discuss the issue? The people of India have the right to know the facts of the Adani row. Also, the logjam costs the taxpayers’ money.


Musharraf’s death

Refer to ‘Kargil architect Musharraf dead’; the death of this Kargil villain should compel present and future leaders of Pakistan to start brain-storming sessions among themselves. Musharraf must have recollected the famous lines of Bahadur Shah Zafar — ‘Do gaz zameen bhi na mili ku-e-yaar mein.’ Nawaz Sharif, too, must be feeling, ‘Lagta nahin hai dil mera ujde dayar mein.’ Restoration of democracy is the only way out for Pakistan to survive in the long run. Punjabi-dominated and army-ruled Pakistan cannot continue to be indifferent to Balochis and Sindhis, and also to its neighbours. An elected, not a ‘selected’ Prime Minister can save Pakistan.

Lt Col JS Dullat (Retd), Patiala

Awaken through education

Apropos of ‘Preaching disharmony’; there is a need to create awareness among people who turn to ‘miracle workers’ and babas for healing, besides seeking answers to painful problems of life. My wife has been suffering from a neurological disorder for the past 35 years, and despite protracted medical treatment, there has been no respite. My father-in-law is an astrologer and a brother-in-law has devoted his life to spirituality. Both have no solution to our problem. It is owing to illiteracy that gullible masses, especially the marginalised ones, try to find some relief through self-styled ‘god men’ for their social, economic and health problems. Only education can wean them away from such unscrupulous elements. Rational thinking and scientific temper are needed.


Why Singapore model?

Sending principals of government schools to Singapore for training is disgraceful for India. We need commitment from teachers and not a new methodology when it comes to teaching in the government schools. Who claims that the system followed in a small country like Singapore is suitable for Indian children? Our own teaching system is good. Tata Group chairperson and many others holding top positions are the product of government schools. It will be better if the AAP government in Punjab uses the limited resources at its command in a prudent manner. Cancer patients in Bathinda are not getting the committed help from the state government. It is better the government stops such propaganda exercises.

Bhartendu Sood, Chandigarh

No more hatred

The middle ‘Breaking bread as friends’ portrays the real scenario of human bonding between Indians and Pakistanis. Hatred which emanated following the Partition of the country has vanished with the passage of time. Why two communities with similar faces, food habits, language and music should have hate for each other? I know hundreds of academicians and tourists who have visited Pakistan and are impressed by the warmth and affection of its people. Whatever tinge of hatred emanating from few ignorant people is the contribution of politicians of either side.

VK Anand, Chandigarh

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Rise of ‘miracle workers’ Other

Feb 06, 2023

After the dera culture, the growth of Christianity across Punjab has caused a serious concern to both Hindu and Sikh organisations (‘Preaching disharmony’, Nous Indica). In the guise of prophets, pastors and abbots, a new generation of self-styled ‘faith healers’ claim to perform miracles to exorcise ghosts, cure terminal diseases and solve other painful problems. They hold huge congregations and use TV, print media and social media to attract gullible people from marginalised communities. Unfortunately, several top politicians, including ministers and MLAs, patronise them for electoral gains. They promote superstition and communal disharmony. Cases of money-laundering and rape are also registered against some of these ‘god men’. It is imperative to encourage rational thinking and scientific temper and create a regulatory mechanism to monitor their dubious activities and protect the economic, socio-political and demographic interests of the state.

DS Kang, Hoshiarpur

Matter of blind faith

Refer to ‘Preaching disharmony’, (Nous Indica); the spurt in the activities of babas, sects and deras is astonishing. The religion which gives relaxation from hard rituals is attracting people, especially Sikhs. The major sects which have attracted a lot of Sikhs have branched out from Sikhism. Not only Christianity, but also other religions pump money to expand their domain. We can see the blind faith of people in India, where the head of a sect, such as Ram Rahim, who is out on parole, holds a religious congregation that is attended by ministers who touch his feet. Asaram, who is in jail on charges of rape, still has lakhs of followers. At a time when medical treatment has become so costly, these babas ‘heal’ free of cost. Besides, politicians depend on them for votes. These babas are like politicians; when they go to jail, their importance increases and they never retire till they die.

Capt Amar Jeet (Retd), Kharar

Uplift poorest of poor

Apropos of ‘Preaching disharmony’; SCs form a big chunk of nearly 32 per cent of the total population in Punjab. They, along with migrant agricultural workers from Bihar and UP, have played a big role in the prosperity of Punjab. There is a drastic need to empower the poorest of the poor among the Dalits by providing them with lucrative jobs, quality education and better health facilities. No doubt, those who mislead the poor and preach against the Sikh Gurus in the name of religion should be exposed and condemned.


Harassment of players

Apropos of the editorial ‘Sexual harassment in sports’; the assurance by Anurag Thakur that the mechanism in place to protect female athletes from being mentally and sexually harassed by persons in power can effectively address the problem doesn’t inspire much confidence. Coaches and officials of sports federations are powerful enough to ruin the career of young women athletes if they dare spurn their advances, or if they don’t extend sexual favours to them. Politicians generally head sports federations. Bringing delinquent politicians to justice is an uphill task, particularly when he is associated with the ruling party. A committee constituted to probe the allegations by women wrestlers appears to be eyewash. It is one thing to make stringent laws for the protection of women against sexual assault, and quite another to enforce them in letter and spirit. Sexual harassment cases are mounting up because of laxity in the sincere implementation of the laws enacted with great fanfare.

Roshan Lal Goel, by mail

Dereliction of duty

The middle ‘Nobody killed Lukka seth’ made an interesting read in terms of lucidity and was peppered with suspense. However, it left some questions answered. Was Panditji loyal, honest and humane? Did he place service before self or allow his emotions to dominate rather than doing justice to the charter of his duties? The fact that he retained the piece of a bangle — foolproof evidence that would have nailed the murderer — but did not report it would suggest dereliction of duty. One should not dare to not perform one’s duty as an officer, soldier or policeman, particularly when in service.


Rework treaty

Apropos of ‘Renegotiate Indus Treaty to optimise water use’; it is vital to achieve sustainable and economic development of both countries. Pakistan should accept the notice send by India in a prompt manner and set up a high-level delegation meeting to address the challenges being faced in the Indus basin system.

Himanshu Goyal, Kaithal

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