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Posted at: Nov 15, 2018, 12:33 AM; last updated: Nov 15, 2018, 12:33 AM (IST)

The religion card

Apropos the editorial ‘Delinking Ayodhya from polls’ (Nov 14), it is unfortunate that caste and religion are repeatedly used to polarise voters, especially when elections are round the corner. What Amit Shah and Smriti Irani said post Supreme Court judgment on Sabarimala temple entry for women of all ages is provocative. City name-changing drive is also evocative of a communal divide. The idea/talks of expediting the Ram temple construction at Ayodhya will unite the Hindutva stream, fetching immediate political mileage to the BJP. The SC and the ECI should ban the use of the caste or religion card for election purposes.

Abhimanyu Malik, Jind


Ayodhya case delay

Refer to ‘Delinking Ayodhya from polls’ (Nov 14); resolving cases in India has and will always remain a major problem. Files pile up every day but rarely is a solution reached. Now, the SC has proved this by fixing the hearing date in January for the Ayodhya case. Why can’t our judiciary be fast in decision making? This means the case will remain a live issue for elections. 

Shivani bansal, Rampura Phul


Lacuna in pollution check

The SC has ordered a ban on old diesel and petrol vehicles. But the cut-off year may not yield desired results. Many vehicles which have done 3 lakh km and some that might have done 10,000 km in 10 years would generate different levels of pollution. Pollution checks are a mere formality. You pay Rs 200 for a certificate, which is valid for a year in Gurugram. The same check is valid for three months with a payment of Rs 80 in Punjab. Pollution norms, periodicity and charges should be uniform across the country. Pollution boards should have portable equipment for random checks on roads and defaulting centres should be fined heavily.    

 SL Kataria, Patiala


The healing touch

Apropos the middle ‘The joy of youth dimmed by conflict’ (Nov 14), it is heartening that social organisations like Ittifaaq are applying balm on the wounds of youth affected by violence in the Valley. Of late, the youth appears to be fed up with terrorist activities. The local administration needs to channelise their potential into constructive activities and eliminate their sense of alienation to mark the beginning of a new era in Kashmir. 

JAGDISH CHANDER, JALANDHAR 


Show them the right way 

Ittifaaq is doing a good job by raising funds to help pellet victims, but its purpose remains incomplete if it doesn’t deter disgruntled youth from stone-pelting (‘The joy of youth dimmed by conflict’; Nov 14). Youngsters who are busy with studies and try to crack the civil services, or are involved in sports do not get injured. It is the duty of social organisations to educate the youth about the futility of stone-pelting and benefits of positive thinking.

Kiran Sharma, Sundernagar 


It wasn’t Punjab Regt

Apropos the article commemorating the Jallianwala Bagh centenary (Nov 11), the writer says ‘Col Reginald Dyer was the son of a Punjab-based brewer with a brewery in Punjab and was a Punjabi and with the Jalandhar-based infantry unit, the 29th Punjabis’. He was given temporary assignment as Brigadier General. There was no battalion of 29 Punjab in the pre-independence Indian Army. It was a detachment of 2/29 Gurkha Rifles that opened fire. The EMS-Unity Punjab and Punjab Regiment Officers Association have viewed this matter seriously.  

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar (Retd), Chandigarh


SGPC and the Badals

Reference to ‘Longowal SGPC chief again’ (Nov 14); why this annual farce of the election of SGPC when the person selected only by Sukhbir Badal has to be appointed? President-elect Gobind Singh’s selection was pre-known to all as he had religiously followed the Panthic and the Badals’ agenda during his first term. A well-educated person like Badungar was removed just after serving one term, because he tried to assert his authority and was not always bound by Badals’ diktats. The SGPC is supposed to be a democratic institution of Sikhs but it has been made part of Badals’ fiefdom. It will continue to be subverted and misused by the SAD for political purposes till the Badals are not rejected by true followers of Sikhism. 

PL Singh, by mail


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