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Opinion » Letters to the Editor

Posted at: Aug 23, 2017, 12:26 AM; last updated: Aug 23, 2017, 12:26 AM (IST)

Teach him to respect her

‘Beta padhao, beti bachao’ by Manju Gupta (August 21) offers timely advice to society. Parents must instil in their sons respect for girls. Teachers should exhort students to behave in a dignified manner with women. Girls should take lessons in self-defence and use modern technology when help is needed. The public must come to the aid of women in trouble instead of being onlookers. The police should stop making excuses and efficiently produce infallible evidence to nail the offenders. Judiciary should punish culprits with severe punishment. There should be zero tolerance in this regard. 


Train mishaps routine

It looks like train accidents have become part of our life. It is routine news which we read and forget after sometime. It is, undoubtedly, the failure of the administration. Lots of precious lives are lost in these accidents and the government simply announces compensation to hide its failure. For how long will we suffer such attitude of the government? On the one hand, we talk about bullet trains and on the other, we don’t care about accidents. Politicising such incidents is shameful. The government must make steps to improve train safety. 

Amit Kumar, Amritsar 

Safety ignored

At a time when India is gearing up to move toward the bullet train era, the ghastly derailment of Puri-Hardwar Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh raises critical questions against railway bureaucracy which has ignored most recommendations of earlier committees regarding safety issues. The possible cause is an outcome of track overage, poor rail quality and neglected maintenance routine. Offering compensation to victims and their kin and ordering ‘a high-level probe’ is futile. The railways plays a vital role in connecting and uniting the nation. Instead of spending a sizeable amount on bullet trains, it must ensure the safety of passengers by creating better infrastructure, more facilities, maintenance and supervision of the existing infrastructure. 

Suresh Nagal, Tohana

Helmet would’ve been nice

The news report ‘Incognito Lt Guv Bedi finds UT safe for women at night’ (August 20) is encouraging. It would have been better if Bedi, riding pillion on a two-wheeler, and the driver had worn helmet on the streets of Puducherry. 

LN Dahiya, Rohtak

Infosys crisis

Refer to ‘New low at Infosys’ (August 21; the founder of Infosys is unable to get over the syndrome of a doting parent still hovering around after marrying off his only daughter to a strapping and modern groom. If the intention was to acquire a resident son -in-law, it is anachronistic. If it is expecting an overriding filial devotion, years after marriage, it is worse. Infosys or any other business behemoth can well do with its founders’  ocassional advice, but not nagging interference. Particularly when it is based on dated experience in this era of a globally uncertain climate and rapidly changing paradigms in a highly futuristic IT sector. The idea, after all, was to ensure that the company is driven by fresh energetic hands that can steer an astute course for growth in a highly competitive field. A founder’s sentiments have their place, but cannot be allowed to blind their vision to the detriment of the stakeholders.

R Narayanan, Ghaziabad

SGPC extravaganza

We all celebrate Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib, but the extravagant ways of the SGPC are against the tenets of Sikhism as well as of any true religion. On the one hand, the SGPC has raised a hue and cry over GST on langar items, and on the other, it spends millions of rupees on importing flowers for one-day celebrations. These flowers are neither as beautiful nor as fragrant as our own flowers like rose, mogra and marigold. The spirit of Shabd-Guru is embedded in wisdom, as it is also termed ‘gyaan-guru’. The SGPC should spend donations for the welfare of humanity.

Sukhwinder pal singh, Samana

Shortage of doctors

It has been often been highlighted that there is a shortage of doctors in our country, affecting the health delivery system at every level. The Centre and states are planning to establish more medical colleges, and even starting substandard short medical courses to tide over this crisis. About 20,000 foreign medical graduates are sitting idle as they are not registered by the Medical Council of India as they need to clear a test conducted by the National Board of Examination, twice a year. The pass percentage is 8-10% — the reason is best know to the authorities. The result cannot be revalued or questioned. These graduates, who are from better universities and knowledgeable, can fill this gap. 


Job fair a farce

A farce is going to be enacted by the Congress government in Punjab which is arranging a 10-day job fair for four lakh unemployed youth of the state. The government is simply acting as a facilitator for interaction between students and private companies. What is new in it? All technical and professional institutions are doing roaring business by enrolling students for ‘guaranteed’ jobs. Lakhs of students join these institutions after spending their parents’ hard-earned money and then queue up for jobs. Our bankrupt Punjab Government has nothing to offer to the youth — at least, it should not mislead them. Why have jobs in government departments dried up? Corruption and lopsided policies have ruined the state. Under the contract system, teachers are working on meagre wages for over a decade. It speaks volume about the economic health of the state. This job fair is simply to hoodwink the public who voted for the Congress on the promise of providing a job for every home. 


Bharat Mata ki Jai...

The nation has just celebrated Independence Day with enthusiasm, with people raising slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Jai Hind. Bharat Mata ki Jai is a national slogan and has nothing to do with any religion. It is the war cry of our Army. If the Army, with personnel from all religions, can have this war cry, why do some of our friends feel shy of chanting it?


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