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WFI chief must resign

May 31, 2023

Refer to ‘Protesting wrestlers’; the Delhi police registered FIRs against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh only after the SC intervened. However, it took less than seven hours to book the protesting wrestlers on frivolous charges. The common man knows who is playing politics and who is defending whom. However, the Centre seems to be oblivious of these protests. Defending someone who allegedly has a criminal past is going to backfire on the BJP in the long run. Though the investigation into the case is on, it would behove the BJP leadership to ask the WFI president to resign immediately.

Deepak Taak, Panchkula

Action against wrestlers appalling

It is ironical that when the Sengol, a symbol of fair governance, was being installed in the new Parliament building, the country’s top women wrestlers were being forcibly evicted from the protest site. One of the cases against the BJP MP has been registered under the POCSO Act, but the police have not yet arrested him. The ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign and the tall talk of women’s empowerment sound hollow when the Central government seems to be on the side of the accused in sexual harassment cases and acts against those who seek justice. It is crucial for governments to demonstrate commitment in their efforts to protect women’s rights.

Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai

Brutal murder in Delhi

Refer to ‘Boyfriend stabs, bludgeons teen to death in public’; a minor was murdered openly in Delhi. This is very sad and unfortunate. The incident has exposed the deteriorating law and order situation in the capital and indicates that the criminals have no fear of the law. Besides, it highlights the erosion of human values. Immediate action by courageous individuals could have saved the girl’s life. Violence should never be tolerated or accepted, irrespective of the circumstances. There is a need for enhanced security measures to rein in the escalating crime rate and safeguard vulnerable members of society.

K Kumar, Panchkula

Rampant illegal mining

Refer to ‘Curbing illegal mining’; rampant illegal mining is a serious matter that requires the Haryana government’s attention. Such activities can have severe consequences for both the environment and local residents. To prevent further damage, the state government should consider implementing measures such as continuous surveillance. The government should ensure that strict penalties and legal actions are imposed on those involved in illegal mining. These can act as a deterrent and discourage individuals and groups from engaging in such malpractices. Besides, educating the public about the negative impact of illegal mining can help create a sense of responsibility among citizens.

Gaurav Badhwar, Rohtak

Improve roads

Refer to ‘10 Vaishno Devi pilgrims die as bus falls from bridge in Jammu’; the incident calls for a thorough examination of the road infrastructure, including the condition of the roads, signage and safety barriers, to identify the areas that require immediate attention. Besides, the authorities must take stringent action against the bus operator and the driver in case of negligence on their part. Strict enforcement of regulations related to vehicle maintenance and driver training and adherence to safety protocols is crucial for preventing tragic accidents. Advocating road safety is an important endeavour that requires collective efforts from various stakeholders.

Vishal Mayur, Karnataka

Fake spiritual leaders

Refer to ‘Trappings of the spiritual industry’; human suffering and the desire for a better life create a market for the spiritual industry. While some individuals may seek spiritual support due to misfortune, challenges or dissatisfaction in their lives, others approach spirituality out of curiosity. Today, babas can be found in every corner of India. Barring a few, they are crooks who live luxuriously in ashrams with bodyguards and young female followers. Politicians seek support from these babas to gain votes. Some famous babas are now cooling their heels in prison.

Anthony Henriques, Mumbai

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Opposition missed historic event

May 30, 2023

The Opposition scored an own goal by boycotting the Parliament building’s inauguration. It was a historic moment. This is truly an Indian Parliament made for the Indians and by the Indians. The magnificent building reflects the power and majesty of the Indian democratic system. By remaining absent on such an occasion, it was the Opposition parties, and not Modi, who looked diminished. In their bid to make a political point, the Opposition made one of independent India’s biggest days a one-man show. The Opposition members missed the opportunity to be part of this momentous event.

N Sadhasiva Reddy, Washington

New Parliament building

The new Parliament building is a symbol of India’s democratic values and aspirations. Its state-of-the-art facilities are expected to facilitate efficient governance and spur greater engagement among lawmakers. The structure not only exudes grandeur but also embodies technological advancements that align with the country’s aspirations for a digital and progressive future. One of the primary advantages of the new building is its capacity to accommodate a larger number of parliamentarians. The enhanced seating arrangement is a step towards ensuring that the voices of representatives of diverse regions and communities are effectively heard, fostering an inclusive and representative democracy.

Rajpal Singh Chouhan, Ujjain

Wrestlers ill-treated

The protesting wrestlers were detained by the Delhi Police on May 28 after they breached the security cordon while trying to move towards the new Parliament building. They have accused BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment and have been protesting against him for the past four months. They were forcibly removed from the protest site on Sunday. The Modi government had launched the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign with fanfare, but has done nothing substantial to make women feel safe in the country. Is it only a slogan or would the government finally take some steps in this regard?

Jahangir Ali, Maharashtra

BJP can’t fool voters

Refer to ‘New Parliament building, Ram temple central to BJP’s poll push’; the ruling dispensation has relied in vain on money power and a communal agenda. Now, the BJP is pinning hopes on the new Parliament building and the Ram temple to garner votes. However, today’s voters are aware and more concerned about unemployment, growing economic and social disparity, increasing cost of essentials, closure of industries, etc. Former US President Abraham Lincoln said: ‘You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time. But you can never fool all the people all the time.’

AG Rajmohan, Anantapur

Maintain toilets in schools

Refer to ‘Functional toilets vital’; the issue of insufficient or unhygienic toilets in schools is not limited to government schools. It is a problem that exists in various educational institutions, both public and private. The government launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014, aiming to improve sanitation and hygienic practices across the country. While the mission primarily focuses on constructing toilets and promoting cleanliness in rural areas and public places, the provision of hygienic toilets in schools is also an important aspect. The absence of toilets is pushing up the dropout rate among girl students. Governments spend a lot of money on welfare schemes and freebies. Why can’t they spend more on toilets in schools?

O Prasada Rao, Hyderabad

Promoting cleanliness

Gone are the days when students relieved themselves in the fields adjoining schools. With increased awareness about sanitation and hygiene, efforts have been made to discourage and eliminate open defecation. All schools should have clean toilets for boys and girls. Such toilets play a crucial role in teaching students about cleanliness. When students have access to clean and well-maintained toilets, they learn important lessons about personal hygiene and develop good sanitation habits. These practices instil a sense of responsibility and respect for shared spaces.

Faqir Singh, Dasuya

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Parliament more than a building

May 29, 2023

Apropos of ‘Parliament’s sanctity at stake’ (Nous Indica); Parliament is much more than a building of brick and mortar. The essence of a true Parliament, irrespective of the design of its edifice, lies in the quality of debates and discussions that take place within its chambers. It is through these deliberations that ideas are exchanged, policies are examined and decisions are made for the betterment of the citizens. A vibrant and effective Parliament requires two key elements — an aware Opposition and a responsive ruling party.

HL Sharma, Amritsar

‘Brand Modi’ won’t work

The BJP is ensuring PM Modi’s presence at important events, potentially with an eye on the 2024 General Election (Nous Indica). It cares two hoots for the protocol concerning the inauguration of the Parliament building. If the BJP thinks that ‘Brand Modi’ would again work in its favour in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, it is living in a fool’s paradise. Today’s voter is very wise and cannot be taken for granted. The BJP’s new narrative about grand achievements during nine years of Modi’s rule would lose its shine due to its inaction in important matters, including the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by wrestlers against a party MP.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Don’t resort to cheating

Refer to ‘CCTV scare’; the issue of students resorting to unfair means, such as copying, during exams is a concern. It is important to address this issue and promote a fair and conducive environment for students to excel in their academic pursuits. The presence of CCTV cameras during exams can create a high-pressure environment for some students, leading to anxiety and discomfort. The scare of CCTV indicates lack of self-confidence and ill-preparation for the exams. Cheating undermines the purpose of assessment, which evaluates a student’s understanding, knowledge and skills. By relying on unfair means, students may not fully grasp the subject matter or acquire the necessary capabilities to excel in real-life situations.

Ravi Sharma, Dhariwal

Respect law

Refer to ‘Cow vigilantism’; Rakbar Khan’s killers have been sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. Do you think that seven-year jail would act as a deterrent? Individuals should respect and have faith in the law rather than taking matters into their own hands. Laws are established to maintain order, protect rights and resolve disputes in a fair and impartial manner. Instances of cow vigilantism have raised concerns about the violation of individual rights, particularly of marginalised communities involved in the cattle trade. It is important to address such incidents through effective law enforcement, ensuring that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurugram

Wrestlers’ protest

It is extremely painful to see our renowned wrestlers demanding justice on the streets of New Delhi. The protest at Jantar Mantar completed a month on May 23. The wrestlers had to approach the apex court to get an FIR registered against the accused, who has the clout to be treated above law. While the BJP government continues to shield Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the accused MP, the protesters have been gaining support from different quarters. If celebrated women wrestlers, who’ve won medals at various levels, have to resort to protests to seek justice, those from disadvantaged backgrounds can’t even think of getting heard. This kind of disparity in the treatment of individuals, based on their power or social standing, is a concerning issue that needs to be addressed. These champions don’t deserve this insensitivity.

Sunil Kumar Bedi, Chamba

Consider relocation of cheetahs

Three adult cheetahs and three newborn cubs out of four have died at Kuno National Park in the past few months. The adult cheetahs were brought from Africa and released in the wild by PM Modi. It is a matter of great concern as the population of cheetahs may decrease further if proper measures are not taken. It seems that the environment in this park doesn’t suit them; relocation to another place should be considered.

IPS Anand, Chandigarh

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Lack of quality education

May 27, 2023

Apropos of ‘College sans infra’; a majority of medical colleges don’t have the basic infrastructure and competent teaching staff. The standard of teaching can well be imagined in such colleges. The quality of young medical graduates and even postgraduates has deteriorated over the years. The role of doctors in society is vital as they deal with the lives and well-being of patients. Unless some urgent remedial measures are taken to address the problem, the healthcare system in India in the next few years will be bogged down by a vast pool of mediocre and unemployable doctors on the one hand and a severely depleted pool of competent medical professionals on the other.

RC Garg, Kotkapura

Attack on churches

Refer to ‘India-Australia ties’; PM Modi was quick to raise the issue of temple attacks in Australia. But sadly, he does nothing to stop the attacks on churches in India. What if Australia raised the issue of attacks on churches in India? Probably, the PM would have then said that it was an internal matter and there was no need for external interference. This has been India’s response whenever the issue of minority rights has been raised in the US and other western democracies.

Anthony Henriques, Mumbai

PM should ignore Oppn

Everyone knows that the Congress’s new-found love and respect for President Droupadi Murmu is purely political. The party has insulted her several times, and even called her ‘Rashtrapatni’. Recently, it also boycotted the President’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. Now, the Congress wants to insult PM Modi. Earlier too, the party had raised several questions on the construction of the new Parliament building. The Congress and several other Opposition parties had skipped the stone-laying ceremony of the new Parliament building in December 2020. Hence, the PM should ignore these parties’ objections and inaugurate the new building.

DP Monga, Ambala City

Rise above petty politics

The political slugfest surrounding the inaugural function of the new Parliament building is unfortunate and can overshadow India’s architectural prowess. The new building is the result of the dedication and hard work of engineers, architects, technicians and countless other professionals involved in its construction. All parties should rise above petty politics. If PM Modi can lead the nation at the global level, what is wrong in leading at the home front? Parliament is the temple of the country’s democracy; the Opposition parties should play a constructive role instead of playing a spoilsport.

Anil Vinayak, Amritsar

Ordinance unjustified

Refer to ‘Ordinance negates good conscience’; issuing an ordinance overnight to negate the SC verdict shows the autocracy of the government in power. Instead of helping states govern themselves smoothly, the Central government seems to suppress their rights and powers. Every state should have all the rights that the Constitution has provided in the federal structure. Making amendments to the Constitution or bringing ordinances to curtail powers of some states is not justified at all. How can an elected government perform without having control over bureaucracy? If it can, the same ordinance should be implemented in all states of India. This trend, if continued in future, may prove disastrous for democracy and the federal structure.

Wg Cdr JS Minhas (retd), Mohali

Jallianwala Bagh lost sanctity

Refer to ‘Self-defeating renovation at Jallianwala Bagh memorial’; Jallianwala Bagh is a site of immense historical importance in India’s freedom struggle. The massacre that took place on April 13, 1919, marked a turning point and had a profound impact on the freedom movement. I recently visited the memorial and within minutes left the place. The makeover has effectively erased traces of the massacre and left only a Bagh for tourists to enjoy. The memorial’s sanctity has been lost. The renovation has hurt the sentiments of millions of people.

Jasvinder Singh Humsafar, Malaudh

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PM should step back

May 26, 2023

Refer to ‘Inauguration row’; it has been logically explained why the President should inaugurate the new building of Parliament. Various news channels are trying to justify the government’s stand, citing the examples of former PMs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. But no one has highlighted the fact that one of the two ceremonies, i.e. bhoomi poojan or the inauguration of Parliament annexe and the library, was performed by the then Presidents. As bhoomi poojan has been done by our worthy PM, the Opposition’s demand to get the inauguration done by the President is justified. Therefore, the PM to should step back and give this honour to the President.

Sadhna Saini, by mail

Parl building inauguration

The inauguration of the new Parliament building is, indeed, a historic moment, unlike demonetisation and the GST rollout, which the BJP projected as crucial milestones in India’s economic and governance history. Without quoting precedents, the PM, in his own interest, should agree to the Opposition’s demand and get the building inaugurated by the President. With this one stroke, he can silence the Opposition and counter the perception of being arrogant and disrespectful towards democratic ethics and the Opposition’s opinion.

HL Sharma, Amritsar

Row unnecessary

The controversy over the inauguration of the new Parliament building has led to a war of words between the government and the Opposition. The whole country knows that it was due to PM Modi’s efforts that this grand monument got constructed. People also remember that when PM Modi entered Parliament House for the first time in 2014, he bowed, with his forehead touching the stairs, to register his respect for the ‘temple of democracy’. He is a big-hearted person who is working tirelessly day and night for the progress and development of the country. He will not let any controversy spoil this important event, and will set an example in front of the world by inviting the President to inaugurate the new building.

Shakti Singh, Karnal

Hold awareness campaigns

Refer to ‘Rescued from Gulf’; thankfully, the authorities rescued 13 out of 35 women from Punjab who were trapped in Oman. Many Indian women choose to work in the Gulf countries to support their families back home as these countries often provide better-paying jobs compared to what may be available in India, particularly in low-skilled sectors. The women not only lost money, but also suffered exploitation. It’s crucial for governments and organisations to ensure the well-being and rights of such workers through proper regulations, support systems and awareness campaigns.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurugram

Build bridges, don’t divide

Like The Kashmir Files, The Kerala Story has only reinforced some perceptions. As we all know, it suits a particular ideology. Such movies have the potential to influence people’s perceptions and emotions, including their attitudes towards different religions. If the story is real, then find the culprits and punish them. Why is the government not taking action against them? It is essential to approach movies with a critical and discerning mindset, understanding that they often reflect the perspectives and biases of their creators. Engaging in open discussions, promoting interfaith dialogue and fostering respect for diversity are key to addressing misunderstandings and building bridges between religions.

Shaikh Ibne Ali, Mumbai

Imran at receiving end

Apropos of ‘At core of Pak saga is army chief & Imran’s ego’; Pakistan has built an anti-India narrative where it wants to project India as a threat to not only Pakistan, but to the entire Muslim population of the world. Till now, nobody has dared to change this narrative. Cricket matches between India and Pakistan have historically been highly anticipated and emotionally charged events. Imran’s leadership and success as the captain of the Pakistani cricket team, including victories against India, played a part in his rise to prominence and contributed to his popularity. The army and the present government have suppressed Imran and his supporters. As of now, Imran is at the receiving end.

Ashok Bahl, Kangra

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Ensure quality of medicines

May 25, 2023

Refer to ‘Cough syrup exports’; each manufacturing unit has an inbuilt inspection department to ensure quality control. The district authorities are also supposed to apply checks through inspectors when exports are involved. Responsible manufacturers leave no stone unturned to dispatch only those products which have cleared international quality requirements. In some recent cases in north India, this aspect seems to have been neglected at all levels. The WHO had rightly raised the red flag against such units. Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, the government has imposed strict regulations which should have been enforced in case of all medicines.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Adhere to guidelines

The Indian pharmaceutical industry has made significant strides over the years and gained recognition as a global pharma hub. However, as with any industry that experiences substantial growth and success, there may be attempts to tarnish its image. It’s important to address such concerns and ensure that the reputation of the industry remains intact. The industry should strictly adhere to regulatory standards and guidelines. The government must ensure that medicines should reach the market only after certification by quality government labs.

AG Rajmohan, Anantapur

Pursuit of Pacific outreach

Refer to ‘Pacific outreach’; earlier, due to their remote location, the Pacific Island Countries remained largely ignored. However, things began to change when then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, attended a summit of the Pacific Islands Forum in 2012. China and the US are competing with each other to sign defence pacts with these island nations. India is keen to boost its diplomatic ties with them. PM Modi’s recent visit to Papua New Guinea to attend the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation summit was part of New Delhi’s outreach programme. The Pacific region presents significant economic opportunities for India. Strengthening economic ties with countries in the Pacific can lead to increased trade, investment and economic growth.

CS Mann, Una

Women’s empowerment

Refer to ‘Women bag top 4 spots in civil services exams’; it is heartening to see women achieving remarkable success in the UPSC exam. The significant presence of 45 women in the top 100 candidates who cleared the exam highlights their outstanding performance. This achievement is testimony to the empowerment of women and the positive impact of gender equality. The success of these women in the UPSC exam also sends a powerful message to aspiring candidates, particularly young girls, that they can pursue their dreams and achieve great heights irrespective of their gender.

Bal Govind, Noida

Gold purchase rises

The RBI’s decision to withdraw the Rs 2,000 note has not caused the uproar that was witnessed during demonetisation in 2016, but the underlying unease cannot be overlooked. The authorities say that the public has got enough time to get the notes exchanged for smaller currency. However, the withdrawal has triggered panic buying of gold jewellery, a trusted investment option for middle-class people. Those who have hoarded the pink notes are rushing to jewellery shops to buy gold.

Vijaykumar HK, Raichur

Develop anti-drone jammers

Refer to ‘Modern technological innovations in border protection needed’; the adoption of a new hybrid border security model that takes into account the increasing usage of drones along the India-Pakistan border is worth considering. Drones pose unique challenges to border security due to their ability to cross borders undetected, carry out surveillance and potentially engage in illegal activities. In recent years, drones have been used by Pakistan-based outfits to smuggle ammunition as well as drugs into Indian territory. To combat the menace, our security agencies must develop counter-drone capabilities and anti-drone jammers must be installed in sensitive areas.

Akash Kumar, Jagraon

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China playing dirty politics

May 24, 2023

Refer to ‘Forked tongue’; China has a consistent record of supporting Pakistan on regional issues. China boycotted the G20 meeting in Srinagar as it didn’t want to upset Pakistan. A country which has locked horns with several nations over territorial disputes is taking the moral high ground. The support received by India from other G20 nations exposes the hollow claims of China. In utter disregard for the host country’s efforts to unify the world, China is bent upon playing dirty politics to earn brownie points from its allies. India needs to stand up to China.

Deepak Taak, Panchkula

Need to contain Beijing

China’s decision to boycott the G20 meeting in Srinagar is an insidious attempt to provoke India. Earlier too, China had objected to the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India, but China never loses an opportunity to annoy India over this issue at almost every global forum. The fact is that China cannot see India grow economically and technologically. It uses Pakistan as a tool to destabilise India. We must adopt a multi-pronged strategy to contain Beijing.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa

Improper water disposal

Refer to ‘Pollution zone’; borewells are used to extract groundwater and supply water to villages and other areas. The CPCB report found a high concentration of heavy metals in water drawn from two borewells near a Zira factory; water samples drawn from 29 borewells were also found unfit for drinking. The presence of heavy metals in borewell water can pose significant health risks to the villagers. Prolonged exposure to these metals through contaminated water can lead to several health problems, including damage to the nervous system, kidney and liver ailments, growth-related issues in children, increased cancer risk and adverse effects on the cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive systems. The authorities must regulate industrial activities to prevent improper disposal of harmful chemicals.

Jayani Mattu, by mail

Punish the guilty

There is no doubt that the management of the Zira liquor plant has been playing with the lives of villagers. However, the plant authorities alone cannot be held responsible; the government, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Central Ground Water Board are to be blamed equally. Was the CPCB slumbering when 25 borewells were drilled to dump toxic waste? Necessary permissions were accorded by the boards; this clearly indicates that the officers concerned never visited the site. The villagers had been agitating for a year or so, but the departments concerned did not take any action. The issue needs to be thoroughly investigated and those found guilty should be brought to book.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

Nothing good about BJP

The Congress won the Karnataka Assembly elections not because of the Gandhis. It won because the people of the state voted against the maladministration and corruption of the BJP despite numerous visits by the PM and Home Minister Amit Shah. The PM’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ only eats up national broadcasting time. The PM wastes a lot of money on foreign trips. The less said about Shah the better. Rajnath Singh and JP Nadda seem to be more capable than other BJP leaders. The unprecedented rise in inflation has put a greater strain on the common man’s pocket. Many people are not able to access the healthcare they need. The government needs to reorient its priorities.

Tusar Kanti Kar, Howrah

New Parliament building

The new Parliament building should be inaugurated by the President instead of the PM. The President is the constitutional head of India. He or she is above party lines, whereas the PM is not. The building doesn’t belong to a particular party; it is a place where the MPs of various political parties will sit together to transact parliamentary business. Being the first citizen of India, propriety demands that Droupadi Murmu should be given precedence over the PM to inaugurate the new building.

Maheshwer Sharma, by mail

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Centre determined to rule Delhi

May 23, 2023

Refer to ‘Delhi’s power tussle’; in a bid to overturn the SC ruling, the Centre has promulgated an ordinance to create the National Capital Civil Service Authority that would have powers over officers’ postings and transfers. If the Central government is bent on controlling Delhi through the Lieutenant Governor, it should issue another ordinance to dismiss the duly elected Delhi government and ‘eliminate’ the requirement of holding elections every five years. This would potentially save taxpayers’ money currently being spent on conducting elections.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

Disregard for democratic checks

While the Centre may have the legal authority to enact an ordinance establishing the National Capital Civil Service Authority, the move shows lack of respect for federalism and disregard for democratic checks and balances. The government’s approach of first promulgating the ordinance and then filing a petition seeking a review of the May 11 verdict seems ill-advised. A more logical sequence would have been to pursue the review petition first, if deemed necessary, and then consider the possibility of promulgating an ordinance. The SC verdict that is being sought to be nullified was delivered unanimously by a Constitutional Bench, which was formed at the request of the Centre itself.

HL Sharma, Amritsar

Only JPC can probe Adani row

Refer to ‘Relief for Adani Group’; conducting an in-depth investigation into the allegations and questions raised in the Hindenburg Research’s report can be best handled by a joint parliamentary committee. Such a committee would have the authority to thoroughly examine the matter, address the concerns raised, and determine if fraudulent activities took place. A thorough investigation would uncover fraud, if any, and restore investor confidence in the financial market.

Haridasan Rajan, Kozhikode

Restore investor confidence

Though the expert committee appointed by the Supreme Court did not make any adverse observation against the Adani Group, the outcome of the SEBI probe, which is expected to be completed by August 14, will play a crucial role. Given that the Hindenburg report has had a significant impact on investor confidence, it is vital for SEBI to investigate the case with utmost transparency. This investigation is essential to uphold the principles of accountability and restore trust among investors, not only in the overall financial market but also in the Adani stocks.

Bal Govind, Noida

Cong keeps its promise in K’taka

Shortly after the Congress government assumed power in Karnataka, the Cabinet granted in-principle approval to the five ‘guarantees’ pledged by the party before the elections. Though the BJP and its leaders criticised the Congress for what they deemed as false promises and impractical ideas, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is confident that the state will be able to generate the necessary resources to implement the proposed schemes.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

No need to panic

The decision to withdraw the Rs 2,000 note from circulation is not expected to cause significant problems or panic. The process of exchanging or depositing the notes is set to begin at bank branches, allowing individuals ample time to do the needful. There will be a four-month window for individuals to exchange their Rs 2,000 notes or deposit them in their bank accounts; this should ensure a smooth transition. Therefore, there is no need for undue concern.

Jahangir Shaikh, Mumbai

Helpful Europeans

Apropos of ‘The selfless good Samaritan’; the write-up describes a scenario in which a stranger goes out of his way to assist an Indian in distress. I have been to Europe several times and have observed that the local residents and law enforcement officials are generally willing to provide assistance to strangers who are in trouble. This helpful attitude towards people in need is a positive aspect of many European societies.

VK Anand, Chandigarh

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Modi’s charisma waning

May 22, 2023

Apropos of ‘Double-engine anti-incumbency’ (Nous Indica); the BJP relied heavily on Modi’s charisma during the Karnataka Assembly elections. The poll outcome indicates that the party can no longer take voters for granted. The pageantry during election rallies has lost its significance as people are no longer swayed by such gimmicks. The ruling party has been unable to effectively address critical issues such as the Adani controversy, sexual harassment of wrestlers and cow vigilantism. Today’s voters are discerning and can understand the reasons for the delay in action against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Rahul energised workers

The Congress won the Karnataka Assembly elections because of strong anti-incumbency (Nous Indica). Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra was also helpful as he successfully energised the grassroots-level workers of his party by pledging to improve the lot of the urban poor, Dalits, farmers and the minorities of Karnataka. However, there was unnecessary confusion and uncertainty surrounding the CM’s selection. The Congress should avoid granting excessive autonomy to ambitious regional leaders who frequently defy the central leadership, undertake yatras without the party’s approval and publicly criticise their own Chief Ministers. They can undermine the party’s efforts to connect with the masses; their defiance can turn potential victories into shocking defeats.

Raj Bahadur Yadav, Fatehabad

Encroachments in Gurugram

Refer to ‘Evicting encroachers’; encroachment happens due to laxity in the enforcement of laws. It is often done by land sharks, gangsters and corrupt bureaucrats who operate with the support of politicians. Despite the existence of guidelines and regulations, illegal colonies, farmhouses and showrooms continue to mushroom. Gurugram, referred to as the ‘cyber hub of India’, is experiencing problems due to rapid population growth. To effectively tackle the menace of encroachment, it is crucial to foster cooperation between the government and law enforcement agencies, as well as local communities.

Gian P Kansal, Ambala city

Financial information

I was delighted to read the news features on the ‘My Money’ special page in The Tribune. A similar page/column used to appear around two decades ago, but it was discontinued. It would be laudable if the current page is brought out regularly to disseminate financial information to the readers. This information helps them make informed decisions about investments, understand market trends and stay updated on economic developments.

Jaswinder Singh, Ludhiana

Withdrawal of Rs 2,000 notes

The RBI will withdraw Rs 2,000 notes from circulation, but it is not clear what is the difference between demonetisation and ‘withdrawal from circulation’. Even if it continues to be legal tender for a while, people may be hesitant to accept the Rs 2,000 note as there could be potential difficulties in depositing or exchanging it. How long these notes will remain legal tender is not known at this time, even as the RBI has asked people to ‘deposit and/or exchange these banknotes on or before September 30, 2023’.

IPS Anand, Chandigarh

Theft in Dubai

Apropos of ‘Lost and found, right here in India’; losing valuables poses a challenging situation, especially when you are in a foreign country and unfamiliar with the local system and laws. I faced this situation on my first trip to Dubai in 2019. My wife lost her purse containing money. We went to the nearest police station. The police officer called the driver with whom we went for sightseeing. Just after 10 minutes of closed-door discussions with the officer, the driver returned our item, with the money intact. We were thankful to the officer. The tag line ‘Atithi devo bhava’ really suits Dubai and not India, where foreign tourists are often targeted by criminals.

Sanjay Chopra, Mohali

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After loss, BJP must introspect

May 20, 2023

Refer to ‘CM Siddaramaiah’; instead of introspection, the BJP is more concerned about the internal affairs of the Congress. Making Basavaraj Bommai the CM of Karnataka was a wrong decision. Political parties that fail to learn from their mistakes and those of others are unlikely to succeed. Despite PM Modi’s aggressive propaganda against the Congress, voters rejected the BJP. Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar are extremely popular and strong leaders who will surely perform well. We should appreciate the revival of the Congress.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Kharar

Save our planet

Apropos of ‘Warmest years ahead’; human beings cannot prevent natural calamities such as floods, droughts, earthquakes, storms or volcanoes, but their severity can be reduced by taking measures suggested at global conferences. The emission of greenhouse gases by industrial houses, burning of agricultural waste and unabated use of traditional fuels in rural areas in developing nations can be minimised by making a provision for alternatives. Efforts to reduce rising global temperatures should be made by every individual worldwide. Every rational mind should prioritise the preservation of Mother Earth.

Dilwar Ali Meerak, Tohana

WMO forecast worrisome

The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) climate change forecast is worrisome. This warning needs to be taken seriously and efforts should be made to reduce carbon emissions. To ensure a safer and healthier future, the protection of environment is paramount. The need of the hour is to take collective measures. The warning given by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the COP27 summit about the unhindered rise in greenhouse gas emissions and a surge in global temperatures has to be heeded in order to save the earth from catastrophic consequences. Global warming is a huge threat warranting concerted efforts by various countries in order to achieve tangible results to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Ravi Sharma, Dhariwal

Medium being exploited

Refer to ‘Apex court lifts ban on Kerala Story imposed by West Bengal’; the court has prioritised freedom of expression. Whether freedom of expression is absolute is a moot point, especially when facts are distorted to pursue a malicious agenda at the cost of national and social harmony. It is disheartening to observe that of late, the powerful medium of cinema is being exploited for political interests, disregarding the inclusive legacy of Hindi cinema, epitomised by classics such as Naya Daur and Upkar.

Jagdish Chander, Jalandhar

Ban politically motivated

The SC ruling on The Kerala Story serves as a rebuke to politicians who attempt to cash in on controversies. It was clear that the ban on the movie by the West Bengal government, for the ostensible reason that ‘it may disturb peace in the state’, was politically motivated. After a film has received clearance from the censor board, it is up to the viewers to judge whether the depiction of events is factual or not. The court’s rider that the film should carry a disclaimer stating that the claim of 32,000 Hindu and Christian girls converting to Islam is not backed by authentic data should put to rest any opposition to its screening.

V Jayaraman, Chennai

India needs new-age cyber laws

Refer to ‘Comprehensive legal framework a must to curb cybercrime’; cyberattacks have been increasing rapidly. As technology is advancing and our reliance on digital systems is growing, cybercriminals are finding new ways to exploit vulnerabilities for their gains. It is essential to recognise the seriousness of this issue and take proactive measures to protect ourselves and our systems. Despite the implementation of strong security measures, cybercriminals are always a step ahead of the authorities. India needs new-age cyber laws and measures to combat this menace. Strengthening the regulatory mechanism is crucial to prevent computer data from being stolen or manipulated.

Gaurav Badhwar, Rohtak

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Conduct probe without bias

May 19, 2023

Apropos of ‘ED overreach’; in 2013, the SC had called the CBI a ‘caged parrot’, and now, too, it has rightly questioned the ED chief’s extension. In view of the upcoming elections in Chhattisgarh, the state government’s fears are genuine as the misuse of Central agencies cannot be ruled out. Central investigating agencies should be allowed to work freely and fearlessly. The ED should conduct investigations without any bias or prejudice to ensure fairness and impartiality. The operations of probe agencies are subject to scrutiny by the people, who closely observe the timing and the circumstances of the investigations. Any wrongdoing or bias on the part of the agencies can be counterproductive and undermine public trust.

Roop Singh Negi, Solan

Justice delayed

Refer to ‘Mirwaiz’s killers’; the arrest of the remaining two terrorists accused of assassinating Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq after 33 years underlines the lackadaisical approach of probe agencies. Both had been living in Srinagar for the past few years. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was only 17 years old when his father was killed, had been waiting for justice and the arrest of those responsible for the crime for a long time. Though delayed, justice has been delivered at last.

Virender Sharma, Shimla

Adani probe

Refer to ‘SC gives SEBI time till Aug 14 to complete Adani Group probe’; investors trust the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regarding their investments. The SEBI has introduced a number of regulations to ensure transparency and prevent fraudulent activities such as insider trading and stock price manipulation. However, if the SEBI asks for additional time to investigate charges against the Adani Group, it can be interpreted in two ways: either no irregularities have been found so far, or the market regulator is in no hurry to bring out the truth.

Hira Sharma, by mail

Dearth of educated leaders

Refer to ‘Lost aspirations amid illusory success’; the enormous expectations of society in general and parents in particular have adversely impacted the education system. It is surprising that while many toppers want to be IAS officers, none of them wants to join politics. There is a dearth of educated politicians in India. The usual definition of success is a high-paying job, a bungalow, a car and an annual foreign vacation. Parents want the best for their children, but what is best is open to debate. Obedience to parents is considered a virtue; children may experience guilt and internal conflict when they choose to pursue their own path or make decisions that differ from their parents’ expectations.

Anthony Henriques, Mumbai

Normal to feel anxious

The author has described the feeling which all of us have experienced at the time of board examinations (‘Lost aspirations amid illusory success’). It is completely normal to feel anxious or stressed during exams, as they are seen as a test of one’s knowledge, skills and abilities. However, when stress becomes overwhelming, it can have negative effects on a student’s well-being. Driven by external and internal pressures, young people choose a standard career. However, after a couple of years, they realise that they want to do more with their life. Alas! It’s too late to rebuild a career with new aspirations.

Kanika Anand, by mail

Focus on reskilling

Artificial intelligence (AI) is making significant advancements in various sectors, revolutionising the way tasks are performed. There are concerns that AI may lead to job losses or automation of certain tasks, which can have a significant impact on the workforce. It is true that the prospect of AI automation can sometimes lead companies to be cautious about hiring for roles that may become obsolete. It is essential to focus on reskilling and upskilling the workforce to thrive in a future where AI will play an increasingly significant role.

Muzakkir Khan, Mumbai

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NCB has lost credibility

May 18, 2023

Apropos of ‘Wankhede shocker’; the corruption charge against former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede has dented the credibility of the NCB. Drug consumption, possession and trafficking are crimes, but if the accused or the suspect happens to be rich and famous, investigating officials are tempted to make a killing. In the Aryan Khan case, the electronic media got an opportunity to conduct a no-holds-barred trial, churning out stories of drug cartels operating in or around the film industry. Such sensationalism has exposed the lack of integrity of some media houses. Our drug laws need a fresh look, differentiating between petty infringements and serious crimes.

Gp Capt JS Boparai (retd), Bhadsali

Highlight importance of games

Refer to ‘Kids and phones’; Gen Z’s early access to numerous things has impacted its mental and physical well-being — be it cellphones or vehicles. The blame lies with the parents who consider the phone as a crucial asset for children instead of books. Smartphones have made kids dopamine junkies. From a disturbed sleep cycle and vision problems to anxiety, depression, psychological distress and social isolation, children are in the throes of physical and emotional problems. We should make them understand the importance of games and physical fitness in their lives, and provide them support and guidance.

Tashi Baheti, Ujjain

Smartphone addiction

It is a very sensitive and critical issue (‘Kids and phones’) because during the pandemic-induced lockdown, children were forced to use mobile phones, tabs and laptops for online studies. They have now got used to these gadgets. Peer pressure is probably the number one reason why children end up with phones. They don’t know the side effects of excessive use of mobile phones. Smartphones are becoming a nuisance. They can impact a child’s memory, affect his or her ability to think clearly, and reduce cognitive and learning skills, and there seems to be no solution in sight.

Bal Govind, Noida

Delay phone ownership

Since kids are naturally curious to explore anything that fascinates them, keeping them away from smartphones altogether is a formidable task. However, delaying smartphone ownership can save kids from falling prey to various mental illnesses associated with excessive mobile use. Parents should encourage their kids to play outdoor games in their free time. Schoolteachers can play a crucial role by highlighting the adverse effects of smartphone addiction. The government should issue directions to social media firms to add parental control features so that kids can’t access objectionable content at will. Only a multipronged approach can save the children, rightly called the future of the nation, from going astray.

Amarjeet Mann, Una

Select CM by toss

Refer to ‘Karnataka CM logjam persists, both contenders meet Kharge’; the Congress high command has been indecisive. One solution can be that both contenders serve as CM for two-and-a-half years each; the CM for the first half can be decided by toss, as is done in cricket. The other solution is to ignore both of them and select a dark horse as the CM. Whatever is decided, bitterness and heartburn will persist. The tug of war between the CM aspirants has dented the Congress’ image and raised doubts about its ability to lead the Opposition.

Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (Retd), Jalandhar

Hustle & bustle of Indian streets

Refer to ‘The myriad sounds of India’; the author has described feelings which we too experienced on our maiden visit to the US. We stayed for more than a month there. As we reached the US, we were awestruck by the wide roads, all-round cleanliness and a blue sky, besides other things. After staying for a few days, we wondered how the country was so silent — no car horns, no two-wheeler noises, let alone the sound of people chatting on the street. Rarely would we see anyone going in or out of the houses in the neighbourhood. We missed the hustle and bustle of Indian streets and longed for the noises.

Kishu Gupta, by mail

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Increase R&D funds

May 17, 2023

Apropos of ‘Indigenisation push’; the gap between the capability of the defence forces and the availability of weapon systems can only be filled with indigenisation. Arms imports can strain defence budgets. Besides, they also increase dependence on foreign suppliers. Secrecy of weapon systems during operations also gets lost if these are purchased from abroad. The major hurdle for indigenisation is low investment in R&D. Weapons developed and produced by companies for defence have limited buyers. Hence, companies need funds to survive. The brain drain has further complicated the situation. Bright minds emigrate and work for companies producing quality weapon systems. Resource augmentation is required to make the nation self-reliant in the defence sector.

Wg Cdr JS Minhas (retd), Mohali

Create jobs

Refer to ‘Ship drug bust’; large seizures of narcotics are indicative of a substantial increase in sea-based drug trafficking. The government has announced it would make India drug-free by 2047, but the ground reality is different. Nobody takes to drugs willingly. One of the major reasons is the inability or reluctance of a person to face life’s challenges. In most of the cases, adverse social and economic conditions force a person to consume drugs as a form of escapism. It’s a pity that this menace is devouring hapless youth. The government needs to improve socio-economic conditions and create jobs to tackle the drug problem.

Deepak Taak, Panchkula

Power tariff hike

Refer to ‘Two days after Jalandhar bypoll win, AAP doles out power shocker’; the move highlights the gulf between political considerations and the ground situation. The power tariff hike runs contrary to the grant of 300 units of free power per month to domestic consumers. The current power situation is a litmus test for the sustainability of the Punjab government’s free power scheme. The credibility of the AAP leadership is also at stake. The state government needs to focus on stamping out corruption, if it still gives importance to its genesis as a political party.

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala

AAP no different

The Punjab government’s decision to increase power tariff has proved that AAP is no different from other political parties. All parties make huge promises to garner votes during elections; later, they give the common excuse of ‘no funds’ to justify their failure to deliver. New taxes are imposed after the elections. Moreover, the government has burdened the students of classes V and VIII with exam fee. Previously, there was no such fee. The government must realise that the Lok Sabha elections are not far away. Any own goal by the ruling party can prove to be beneficial to the Opposition.

Faqir Singh, Dasuya

Modi-centric campaign

Refer to ‘Whisper of Brahmin conspiracy proved fatal for BJP in Karnataka’; since 2014, the BJP’s electoral strategy — be it in the Lok Sabha or Assembly elections — has been Modi-centric. The credit for the electoral success is unequivocally given to the PM’s popularity, though the discredit for failure is seldom laid at his door. A victory is attributed to the PM’s charisma, while a defeat is ascribed to the incompetence of the state leaders. Failure or success apart, this approach of relying upon a personality cult poses a serious threat not only to the internal democracy of the party, but also to the democratic fabric of the country. Barring Yogi Adityanath, no state leader in the BJP can pull off a victory in the Assembly elections on his own, and must bank on relentless campaigning by the PM.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa

Lame leave excuses

Refer to ‘Leave requests that stretched credulity’; running an office optimally is the joint responsibility of all employees and the right to be absent on leave may not be absolute. Senior officers should not be oblivious to the provision of liberal casual, sick or earned leave. Trust deficit is the culprit behind concocting lame excuses to avail leave; many a time, the request for leave may be genuine. Being considerate best separates the wheat from the chaff.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

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Electoral reforms a must

May 16, 2023

Refer to ‘Karnataka mandate’; the verdict is being analysed to figure out how it will impact the prospects of the Congress, the BJP and other political parties in the forthcoming Assembly elections and the 2024 General Election. It’s equally important to dwell upon the level of today’s electioneering that spreads hatred, mistrust, fear and a sense of insecurity among some sections of society, besides spreading misinformation. The country and society, thus, become losers much before the results are declared. Loose talk by those who hold constitutional posts lowers the country’s image. A lot of money is wasted during campaigning. We badly need electoral reforms that can curtail the role of money in politics. Roadshows and rallies must be minimised.

HL Sharma, Amritsar

Local leaders matter

The result has a lesson for the BJP that state electioneering is different from the General Election campaigning. In state elections, roadshows by local leaders are more effective than by the PM himself. Speeches made by the PM and other senior leaders of the BJP were almost similar to the ones made during the 2021 West Bengal elections and the result was similar, too. The Congress must not become complacent after the win and prepare well for the 2024 General Election. It also needs to remember the mistakes it made during the Karnataka poll campaign. Besides, the Congress should try to take all Opposition parties along, even if it has to make some adjustments.

Lajwant Singh, by mail

Hate politics rejected

The Karnataka poll outcome has proved that good governance, jobs, electricity and zero tolerance for corruption matter rather than the politics of hate. The Congress fought the elections on local issues. The electoral fight was led by local leaders. DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah worked together as a team. They did not let their ambitions come in the way of achieving the larger goal. This verdict also denounces the politics of polarisation and marginalisation of minority communities for electoral gains.

Muzakkir Khan, Mumbai

Voters rejected Modi

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the masses to accept a leader who can stoop to any level to win elections. Karnataka, which has a high literacy rate, has rightly rejected PM Modi, whose antics have become unacceptable. The more he campaigns, the more the BJP will suffer losses. The party should contest the next Lok Sabha elections with a new face — preferably Yogi Adityanath.

Bhartendu Sood, Chandigarh

Morale-booster for Cong

The landslide Congress victory in Karnataka will act as a morale-booster for party workers and spur them to battle hard in the coming Assembly elections and the 2024 General Election. The Congress had been facing an existential crisis, with its presence confined to a few states, but now the party can look forward to a better show.

Ramesh Gupta, Narwana

Phenomenal rise

Refer to ‘AAP back in Lok Sabha’; the victory in the Jalandhar byelection is a big achievement for the ruling AAP, which had shockingly lost the Sangrur bypoll after the seat was vacated by CM Bhagwant Mann. Now, the AAP has again got a chance to raise important issues in the Lower House of Parliament. For the party, this win is extremely significant because Jalandhar was considered to be a bastion of the Congress.

Subhash C Taneja, Gurugram

Signs of panic

Apropos of ‘Pan-India outreach to mark 9 years of Modi rule’; had the Modi government focused on providing good governance, there would have been no need for such a massive outreach programme. This game plan of the BJP is unlikely to yield the desired result as no one can overlook the party’s divisive agenda and its failure to address the concerns of various aggrieved groups, including women wrestlers. Today’s voter is very wise and cannot be fooled by such ploys.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

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Backchannel diplomacy

May 15, 2023

Refer to ‘Power play keeps Pakistan on edge’ (Nous Indica); Pakistan’s woes are of its own making. Its founder thrived on anti-India sentiment; later, the Generals, with their personal ambitions, repeatedly extracted their pound of flesh. With the army and the government on one side and the higher judiciary, which is backing beleaguered former PM Imran Khan, on the other, backchannel diplomacy is at play for a rapprochement favouring the former cricketer. Given the massive uprising in the streets, any attempt to impose martial law will have irreversible consequences. The mandarins in the Ministry of External Affairs need to cautiously watch India’s interests amid the developments in crisis-ridden Pakistan.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

Fine-tune foreign policy

Apropos of ‘Power play keeps Pakistan on edge’ (Nous Indica); amid the political crisis in Pakistan, India must fine-tune its foreign policy to focus on strengthening its partnership with the US. The Pakistan army has been deepening its ties with China. Also, a Pakistan-China-Russia alliance is looming large over our geopolitical region. Imran Khan’s comeback would enhance his image as a leader of Pakistan’s masses and also rattle the West.


Shot in the arm for Delhi govt

Apropos of ‘Delhi govt vs Centre’; it won’t be an exaggeration to say that the Supreme Court’s decision is a shot in the arm for the Delhi government. Since the court has made it clear that the elected government has the control over bureaucracy, the ball is now in the Kejriwal-led government’s court to utilise resources optimally for the larger good of the people of the Capital. If it indulges in vendetta politics, it will defeat the whole purpose of this decision. The verdict is also a clear message to the Centre that it should not venture into Delhi government’s territory.

Bal Govind, Noida

Centre, states must work in tandem

Refer to ‘Delhi govt vs Centre’; the federal framework of the Indian democracy cannot survive if it is targeted time and again by the Central Government. Governors and

Lt Governors in Opposition-ruled states usually interfere in government functioning; this cannot be regarded as a coincidence. These actions and reactions of the Central and state governments let down the people who elect representatives in the hope of getting civic issues resolved. The governments at the Centre and in the state must work in tandem to provide good governance.

Wg Cdr JS Minhas (retd), Mohali

SEBI must act now

Apropos of ‘Hindenburg row: SC may give SEBI 3 months for probe’; the Adani controversy has been hogging the limelight for months. It shows that till now, SEBI has not been able to come up with a suitable solution. Any dilly-dallying on its part will only erode investors’ confidence. At a time when SEBI should perform its protective role, it seems to be shying away from its responsibility. It is high time the apprehensions are laid to rest in order to attract both domestic and foreign investment.

Aanya Singhal, Noida

CBSE results

Refer to ‘CBSE Class X, XII results see dip in pass percentage’; though the authorities have said the pass percentage this year as compared to that in the 2019 offline exams has gone up by nearly 4 per cent, there is scope for improvement. Rather than focusing too much on marks and results, it is important to make efforts for the overall development of our children.

Bir Devinder Singh Bedi, Sangrur

Progress-ecology equilibrium

Refer to ‘Don’t let ecology fall victim to fixation with economic growth’; unprecedented growth in recent years has raised serious questions about the cost at which it has come. Mankind’s obsession with growth and progress has blinded it to the extent that it has become totally oblivious to the reckless damage being caused to the environment. The world today is facing an unprecedented crisis due to human greed. It is the dire need of the hour to maintain an equilibrium between ecology and progress.

Sumita Kanwar, Yamunanagar

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Interference in policing

May 13, 2023

Apropos of ‘Dubious enforcers of the law’; the primary role of the police is to maintain law and order. They should come to the aid of people in distress and must be given the freedom to act without the interference of politicians and bureaucrats. Unfortunately, law and justice often fail due to inherent shortcomings in the system. The judges have to take decisions according to the evidence presented before them by the police and other investigating agencies.

BM SINGH, Amritsar

Security of medical professionals

Refer to ‘Doctor’s murder’; it is worrisome that the attacks on doctors are mounting across the country. Verbal abuse or physical attacks on doctors either by patients or their caretakers have become the order of the day. It is high time the state governments across the country ensured foolproof security to doctors at hospitals so that they can perform their duty without fear.

Maheshwer Sharma, by mail

Take doctors’ safety seriously

Apropos of ‘Doctor’s murder’; the fatal attack on young house surgeon Dr Vandana Das has exposed the failure of the police to provide safety to medical professionals. There are comprehensive instructions to ensure patients’ safety, even as World Patient Safety Day is observed on September 17. But there is hardly any mention of the safety of doctors on the websites of the World Health Organisation, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Medical Council of India.

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi

Weakening federal polity

Apropos of ‘Maharashtra row’; the office of the Governor is in the limelight once again for the wrong reasons — unconstitutional and partisan handling of the inter- and intra-party tussle in Maharashtra, presumably favouring the ruling party at the Centre. Governors becoming a willing tool in destabilising democratically elected governments, especially in Opposition-ruled states, is a matter of concern as it is weakening our federal polity.


SC verdict on MVA govt

Refer to ‘Maharashtra row’; the Supreme Court’s ruling on the MVA government’s fall has given respite to the BJP-backed Shinde dispensation. But the SC was scathing in its criticism of the role played by the then Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in the formation of the new government. Though the SC refused to restore status quo ante in Maharashtra since Uddhav Thackeray didn’t face a floor test and tendered his resignation, the judgment is likely to invigorate the Opposition.

PL SINGH, by mail

Landmark ruling

Apropos of ‘L-G bound by aid & advice of elected Delhi Govt: Top court’; in a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favour of the Delhi government on the issue of who controls the bureaucracy in the national capital. Ever since the formation of the AAP government in Delhi, it has been observed that all L-Gs are acting like stooges of the Central government and doing everything possible to impede the smooth functioning of the duly elected government.

Balbir Singh Kakkar, Jalandhar

Blasts in Punjab

Refer to ‘5 held after third blast, radical literature seized’; it is heartrending to read about the blasts and incidents of sacrilege being reported in Punjab. Anti-social elements are behind such cases; they intend to disturb peace and harmony. Such is the sorry state of affairs that whenever an incident of this kind takes place, we target the police and question their response. People should come forward and help the police catch the culprits.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

Impressive layout

The new layout of the Edit and Oped pages is impressive. The Tribune has been tweaking its design from time to time, making it more appealing to readers. The vertical display of the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column looks good. Apart from its visual appeal, the daily is read with great interest for its objective reporting and insightful views.


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Ad hoc teachers’ plight

May 12, 2023

Apropos of ‘Wounded selves of ad hoc teachers’; the article rightly highlights the ills that so-called ‘model employers’ like the Central government or premier education bodies perpetuate. There is so much for them to learn from the states. Even a small state like Himachal Pradesh can be a role model. In HP, the appointments are done on a contract basis after completing all formalities, which include a written test and an interview by the Public Service Commission. Once appointed, the employees get regularised after two years without the hassle of again appearing before the interview board.

Rakesh Sharma, Shimla

Sheer exploitation

Refer to ‘Wounded selves of ad hoc teachers’; the plight of ad hoc teachers working in Delhi colleges is delineated in a very poignant way by citing the instance of a teacher who took his own life. Ad hoc teachers may have demonstrated their academic worth through research work and teaching over the years, but when it comes to regular appointments, their contribution is trashed by ‘experts’ during the interview. Selections are made after taking into account political connections and social standing. It is natural for ad hoc teachers to feel frustrated and depressed on being rejected despite being deserving candidates.

Roshan Lal Goel, Ladwa

Pak’s political unrest

Refer to ‘Turmoil in Pakistan’; Imran Khan’s arrest was imminent. Through his arrest, the authorities intended to send the message that he had crossed a red line by repeatedly pointing a finger at Pakistan’s powerful military. Though he may have emerged as the most popular leader in over a decade, his refusal to follow the army’s hybrid regime playbook has brought Pakistan to an inflection point. PM Shehbaz Sharif wants to delay the national polls scheduled later this year in the hope that it will take the wind out of Imran’s political sails. But if protests continue, the army will be forced to step in, something which Pakistan has witnessed several times.

LAJWANT SINGH, via email

Impact of Imran’s arrest

Apropos of ‘Turmoil in Pakistan’; the arrest of former Pakistan PM Imran Khan can have serious implications for India in terms of border intrusions, terrorism and drug smuggling. With more powers, the Pakistan army can push its agenda of destabilising Indian economy and disturbing peace. Already facing pressure on the LAC from China, India has to keep a vigil on the fast-developing situation in Pakistan.

Wg Cdr JS Minhas (retd), Mohali

Karnataka polls

Apropos of ‘72% voting; pollsters give Cong the edge’; from the Karnataka exit poll results it is clear that it’s a neck-and-neck race between the major parties. The close contest between the BJP and the Congress has opened up the possibility of a hung Assembly. This is not surprising as both parties have been aggressively campaigning for the past few weeks. However, what is concerning is the amount of money and resources that have been poured into these campaigns. The money being spent on political advertising and rallies is staggering. I hope whichever party forms the government in Karnataka prioritises people’s welfare.

Vishal Mayur, Tumkur (Karnataka)

Advantage Congress

Apropos of ‘72% voting; pollsters give Cong the edge’; most exit polls show that the Congress has the upper hand in Karnataka, with three of them giving the grand old party a majority in a close race with the ruling BJP. The exit polls indicate that the Bommai-led BJP government will be at the receiving end of anti-incumbency. Karnataka has never returned an incumbent government to power after a full five-year term in the past four decades.

Vijaykumar HK, Raichur (Karnataka)

Changing weather patterns

Refer to ‘Extreme weather’; no matter how much we all enjoy the May rain, we need to realise that it is not normal. It is an alarming trend. It is high time we laid stress on sustainable development and do whatever it takes to save the environment. Only then we would be able to make this planet liveable.

Yamini Verma, Chandigarh

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letters to the editor

May 11, 2023

Frivolous petitions a menace

Refer to ‘Frivolous cases’; those working in Central and state government departments have little accountability with regard to these cases. They, along with petitioners and representatives of quasi-government bodies, are responsible for clogging the wheels of justice. Judges, on their part, can choose not to admit frivolous petitions. The courts are often approached not for obtaining justice but for either delaying it or even obstructing it. Political parties should refrain from making courts their battleground.


SC’s valuable suggestions

Apropos of ‘Frivolous cases’; in an effort to weed out unnecessary litigation, reduce pendency, save taxpayers’ money and prevent clogging of courts with frivolous cases, the SC has asked the Central and state governments to set up committees in each ministry to determine if a matter requires to be contested and ensure that some cases are settled at the pre-litigation stage. The Central and state governments should consider this as a judicial directive and not just a suggestion to be forgotten.


Dialogue not possible

Apropos of ‘Arson, rioting in Pakistan as Rangers whisk away ex-PM Imran from court’ and ‘The challenge of deterring Pak is complex’ (May 9); the news report and the article delineate the contours of a failed state. Dealing with such a neighbour is not easy. Talks and deals are not possible with Pakistan because there is no one in its leadership to address India’s concerns. What India can do is to strengthen its borders and bolster civil defence.

DV Sharma, Mukerian

PM’s open letter

Refer to ‘Karnataka decides today; will BJP govt break 38-year jinx?’; it was shocking to read a day ahead of the Karnataka elections that PM Narendra Modi had penned an open letter exhorting the people of the state to vote for the BJP. As per the Election Commission (EC), such letters cannot be issued 48 hours prior to the poll day. The PM, by virtue of this letter, has violated the code of conduct. Why is the Election Commission afraid of taking action against the BJP’s top leaders? Are they above law and the Constitution?

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

Stuck in red tape

Apropos of ‘Businesses are still bogged down by red tape’; it is a bitter truth that red tape adversely affects the operations of any business venture in India. Had reforms been introduced to do away with red tape, India’s economic situation would have been entirely different. With the advent of artificial intelligence in governance, the hurdles posed by red tape are likely to become a thing of the past.

VK Anand, chandigarh

Role of intellectuals

Apropos of ‘The elusive public intellectuals in our times’ (May 9); the article brought to the fore the important role intellectuals, writers and poets play in transforming the social, economic and political system of the country. History is replete with instances where the intellectual class spurred a revolution against aristocratic, dictatorial and colonial regimes. French and Bolshevik revolutions were triggered by the ideas of intellectuals that created a hostile public opinion against tyrannical regimes. When intellectuals realise that the rulers are ignoring public welfare and the country’s development, they raise their voice through their revolutionary ideas and writings. These formidable ideas become the harbingers of change in society.


New design eye-catching

The new design of The Tribune’s Opinion page is eye-catching. The vertical format facilitates optimum utilisation of space. The Tribune represents the ‘Voice of the People’. Readers’ issues, highlighted in the ‘Letters to the Editor’ column, attract the attention of the authorities concerned. The fresh design has given this column a more prominent position on the page.

Anil vinayak, Amritsar

Letters to the Editor, typed in double space, should not exceed the 200-word limit. These should be cogently written and can be sent by e-mail to: [email protected]

Ethnic fault lines laid bare

May 10, 2023

Refer to ‘Decoding the Manipur crisis’; the divide between the Meiteis and other ethnic groups cuts sharply across political and geographic lines. While last week’s protests appear to have sparked the recent violence, tensions between the two groups have been simmering for years over a complex range of issues, including land rights and a crackdown on minority groups. Meiteis dominate positions within the state government and have made more economic and infrastructural advancement than other ethnic groups. As violence escalated, the Centre invoked Article 355 of the Constitution. The BJP is the ruling party in Manipur and the violence is the outcome of the people’s mistrust in the government. However, winning elections is more important for our political leaders than protecting the lives of people.

Capt Amar Jeet (retd), Kharar

IAF has no option but to fly MiG

Apropos of ‘Another MiG crash’; the mishap in which three civilians died is deeply unfortunate. It again brings to the fore the operational compulsion of the IAF to fly these 60-year-old, obsolescent aircraft whose shelf life is not more than 40 years. There can be many reasons for an aircraft crash — weather, human error and technical failure. The last one is generally the case with MiG crashes. The life-extending upgrade may be technically justifiable, but one needs to remember that the basic airframe is old and the upgrade is generally cosmetic in nature. The IAF, however, has no option but to keep flying these old machines in view of an acute shortage of squadrons.


Local support for terrorists

Apropos of ‘The challenge of deterring Pak is complex’; five soldiers lost their lives in a gunfight with militants in J&K’s Rajouri, days after the Poonch ambush in which five others were killed. It is a pity that these killings are taking place within civilian areas of the UT and not near the border, which clearly demonstrates that these militants have local support in addition to the aid from across the border. Pakistan continues to enjoy support from China. It’s time peace is given a chance and these unnecessary killings are stopped.

Deepak TAAK, Panchkula

Maritime board’s lapses

Apropos of ‘Kerala boat tragedy’; the Malappuram mishap, which claimed 22 lives, has revealed grave lapses on the part of the state maritime board. The lack of adequate safety equipment is unforgivable; it shows the authorities in a poor light. Despite innumerable instances in the past, the issue of safety is not being dealt with earnestly. Such nonchalance and carelessness will only lead to the loss of more lives.

Aanya Singhal, Noida

Water tourism rules flouted

Refer to ‘Kerala boat tragedy’; every time a boat mishap takes place in Kerala, a state famous for its inland cruise tourism, it is said that this was a tragedy in the making. The incident is a grim reminder of how due diligence in following rules and regulations is a rarity while undertaking risk-prone tourism activities. Boat tours hold tremendous potential in a state blessed with waterways, but to be able to reap dividends, the safety of passengers should be given top priority. The government should empower the state maritime board to strictly enforce rules and guidelines. This will ensure that all concerned, including the erring officials, are taken to task.

Gregory Fernandes, Mumbai

Wrestlers’ protest

The wrestlers’ protest at Jantar Mantar has unfortunately been hijacked by politicians and their stooges. The country is governed by the rule of law and the Constitution, not by the whims and fancies of any particular community or section of society. As FIRs have been registered and an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment is underway, let the law take its course.

Sapna, Chandigarh

Letters to the Editor, typed in double space, should not exceed the 200-word limit. These should be cogently written and can be sent by e-mail to: [email protected]

War and peace

May 09, 2023

Apropos of ‘War has come home to Russia’; war is a serious business, more so in this nuclear age. People know that peace is a better option than war. However, the big ego of politicians, particularly those drunk with absolute power, is a constant threat to world peace. Putin has cited a threat to Russia’s existence to justify his action of launching an attack on Ukraine. Russia is now on the back foot and wants to come out of the war with a face-saving deal, but it may not be possible after such huge losses. Only the United Nations Security Council or some wise statesmen can save us from another world war. India can only call for peace, just like any other nation.


Resolve wrestlers’ issue

Refer to ‘Wrestlers set May 21 deadline for WFI chief’s arrest’; it is a matter of grave concern that wrestlers have been staging a protest for weeks but to no avail. It is not that big a problem for the government to resolve. It enjoys vast powers to solve such issues. Women who have brought laurels to the country at national and international events are fighting for justice. It is a matter which needs the immediate intervention of the PM. Senior officers and retired judges should be deputed to listen to both parties and settle the lingering issue. It will be in the interests of the protesting wrestlers and the country.

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Ropar

Unreasonable promises

Apropos of Congress’ Bajrang Dal gambit’ (Nous Indica); Congress’ unreasonable promises in its Karnataka election manifesto will undo whatever the party had gained during Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. Its promise to ban the Bajrang Dal has brought Hindutva to the fore in Karnataka, where the grand old party has some chance of returning to power. The Congress has in the past made the mistake of equating Hindutva with jihadi ideology and the same is being done in Karnataka. The saffron party may reap the rewards of such blunders.

SK SINGH, by mail

Battle against Covid still on

Refer to ‘Relief from Covid-19’; amid a general dip in cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made a big announcement that Covid-19 is no longer a global public health emergency. However, it doesn’t mean Covid is over; it only marks the symbolic end of the pandemic. At least 6.9 million people worldwide have died due to the novel coronavirus. Nearly five billion people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The WHO’s announcement shouldn’t make us complacent. Even now it is important for every citizen to remain alert.

Rajneesh Rangra, Hamirpur

Efforts to clean Himalayas

Refer to ‘Cleaning and healing Himalayas’ (Spectrum, May 7); it is a fascinating story packed with passion and zeal to do something for the environment and maintaining its pristine glory. The endeavour to clean the Himalayas by an environment activist is praiseworthy. This is a great service to humanity. Protecting nature and environment is a sine qua non for human existence. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our surroundings clean. It is also incumbent upon the tourists visiting hill stations and tourist destinations not to besmirch nature’s beauty.

Ravi Sharma Dhariwal, by mail

Freedom of the press

Refer to ‘EAM: India has most uncontrollable press’; the annual report regarding the freedom of the press, released by the Reporters Without Borders, has drawn the usual reaction from the ruling party as well as the Opposition, just the way it happened in the case of the Hindenburg report. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar termed it a ‘mind game’. Even a neutral person can figure out something fishy if Taliban-ruled Afghanistan and Pakistan are rated better than India. No doubt, the freedom of the press, especially in the case of TV news channels, has gone down drastically, but the print media still holds the fort.

Arun Bala, Bathinda

Ladakh plays perfect host

Apropos of ‘Y20 pre-summit catapults Ladakh into global limelight’; India’s G20 presidency has given the country an opportunity to showcase its uniquely vibrant diversity worldwide. By holding meetings and activities involving the youth, women, artists and artisans, the country is displaying its spirit of unity. By choosing Ladakh as the venue for the youth assembly, we have managed to address the psychological and geographical isolation of the region by giving the youth of the UT a chance to share their ideas with the world.

DV Sharma, Mukerian

Letters to the Editor, typed in double space, should not exceed the 200-word limit. These should be cogently written and can be sent by e-mail to: [email protected]