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Posted at: Oct 21, 2017, 12:20 AM; last updated: Oct 21, 2017, 12:20 AM (IST)

Defying ban

This Diwali also just went by, leaving not much happiness but a lot of pollution. People were violating court orders and no action was being taken against them. In my city, crackers were being burst till 1 am. Why was such a law imposed on the public if it wsa to be followed by poor or no implementation? Some people did restrain themselves for the sake of society, but other selfish people, perhaps lacking wisdom, messed it up. People should understand the real reason behind such laws, which are meant for our own good. 

GARIMA BEHL, Kapurthala

Getting away with it

The Supreme Court’s cracker ban order on Diwali was praiseworthy, but sadly, the bursting of crackers went unabated. This is a wrong trend. Who is accountable for this disobedience — the police, local administration or the government? Our politicians deliverer speeches, even at international platforms, to save the Earth, but on this occasion they remained tightlipped. To eradicate any social evil, a strong willpower, stern implementation and awareness about its ill-effects are necessary.


Ban for good

The apex court’s decision to ban crackers in New Delhi and the NCR was appreciable as New Delhi is among the most polluted cities in the world. But the high court allowed crackers to be burst from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, or we can say that time was given to pollute our cities. It seems that the government and the judiciary is waiting for other states to become like New Delhi. Only then will they impose a total ban on fireworks.

Satvir singh, kahnpur khuhi

Problem obeying orders

The UT Administration banned the bursting of crackers between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm, however, people continued to burst them till 11 pm. Somewhere we have an inbuilt character to disobey orders issued in public interest. Old habits die hard. Parents are duty bound to educate their wards about protecting the environment. We are among the top polluted nations of the world. Is it not shameful? We should seriously ponder over it before it is too late.                                  

Bhag Singh Aulakh, Chandigarh

Urdu zabaan

Baldev Singh in his middle ‘Embrace Urdu once more’ (October 18) has vividly pointed out the need to own up Urdu as ‘our language’. It was the medium of instruction in schools before Independence. Not only the government, but also we, as individuals, should encourage its use. Urdu poet Daagh wrote: Urdu hai jis ka naam hamin jante hain Daagh./Hindostan mein dhoom hamari zabaan ki hai. 

Chamkaur S Tiwana, Fatehgarh Sahib

Good move on SSC

Reference to ‘Army to change intake norms for officers, better deal for SSC’ (October 8); this is a good initiative to encourage youth to join the Army, which can be a step toward compulsory military training. Politicians and the bureaucracy will understand the needs and problems of soldiers better if this happens. SSC officers undergo regular training, but huge numbers are released after serving five to 10 years, without any pension and medical facilities. Such service conditions do not encourage youth to join as SSC officers. Ajay Vikram Singh Committee has done well to make the recommendations to reduce the regular cadre and allow SSC officers to serve for 20 years, making them eligible for pension and an ex-serviceman status. The case of former officers who are not receiving pension should be considered for ECHS facilities. 

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar (retd), by mail

Following blindly

Ranbir Singh’s article ‘The Gurmeet Ram Rahim phenomenon’ (October 19) has established without doubt that Ram Rahim became a world figure through his dubious character. People became his followers blindly. He also won the support of political parties and helped them win elections. He did not follow a spiritual path, rather he got involved in anti-social activities. The masses should learn a lesson from this episode and not follow such fraud babas. 

Subhash C Taneja, Gurugram 

E-governance farce

Every day, the Haryana Government posts various activities being undertaken by it, on the Facebook timeline of the CM. But comments by the public are seldom replied or attended to. I have sent many emails on the ID of the urban and country planning department, but there has been no acknowledgement, what to talk of action. The email IDs have been taken from the government portal under e-governance. Perhaps the government is taking people for a ride. 

Veena Mittal, Patiala

J&K turmoil

Apropos the editorial ‘Roughing up soldiers’ (October 19), the Modi government’s failure to restore peace in J&K is a cause of great national concern. The chaotic condition in the state is being exploited to the hilt by anti-national elements. Unfortunately, the Hindutva agenda, which Modi has forcefully reiterated from time to time, is creating insecurity among the minorities. Separatists have started  propagating that the braid-chopping is the handiwork of Indian intelligence agencies, which the government has failed to counter convincingly. The nation is sick of watching soldiers being carried back to their villages in coffins. 

RM Ramaul, Paonta Sahib

India needs to prepare too 

The report ‘China’s Xi lays out vision for new era’ (October 19) is significant  for India, considering the confident vision and determination of the Chinese leadership for a great leap forward. Most challenges of China, highlighted by President Xi, are similar to those confronting India — corruption, industrial slowdown, income inequality and pollution. India also needs to relax market access for foreign investment, expand access to its services sector and deepen the market-oriented reform of exchange rate and financial system, while at the same time strengthening debt-laden PSUs and tackling climate change. Our role in South Asia as a regional power requires  setting bold long-term goals for development, envisioning the nation as a modernised democratic, socialist country by 2035, with leading influence on the world stage by 2050.   

Joseph Abraham, Gurugram

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