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Posted at: Mar 23, 2019, 7:18 AM; last updated: Mar 23, 2019, 7:18 AM (IST)

Glossing over issues

DEVELOPMENT is not talked about in any political rally or newsroom debate. The only thing which has become a common talking point at these platforms is the word chowkidar. By becoming a chowkidar or not, the country is not going to witness any development. It is duty of the media to highlight real issues before the public, so that they can be debated upon and people can form their opinion accordingly. Non-existent issues are given too much weightage and issues like unemployment, poverty, government achievements, failures and future plans are never talked about. It is also the duty of the common man to discard useless messages on social media and not get swayed by biased information. Politicians know that they will prosper only if people remain divided. In addition to Hindu-Muslim tools, they are now using media to divide us and rule over us without doing anything.

Amit Garg, by mail


India’s dasha and disha

Politics ought to be an instrument of socio-economic reform. But sadly, the one-upmanship games in cobbling up alliances, even by known adversaries, to grab power do not bode well. Diverse regional satraps monopolising their respective pocketboroughs, thriving on local interests and sentiments, are hell-bent on hijacking the Centre. It is incumbent upon the Election Commission, media and the intelligentsia to educate voters to differentiate between the value and consequence of their vote in an election for an Assembly and for Parliament. The coming elections will determine India’s dasha and disha at this critical juncture. 

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula


Samjhauta setback

Apropos ‘No one knows who killed 68 people: Sibal’ (March 21), while at the eve of the general election, there may be political compulsions for the Congress leader to issue this statement, but as a nation, we are answerable to the world community why justice could not be delivered even after the lapse of 12 years. All the accused have been acquitted for lack of evidence, a plea that Pakistan has been taking in all cases of terrorist attacks originated from its soil against India. It is unfortunate that the stand taken by our hostile neighbour to neutralise world pressure of taking concrete action against terrorists is vindicated by our own failure in a single case.

JAGDISH CHANDER, California 


Pak event boycott

Reference to ‘India boycotts Pak National Day event as JK separatists are invited’ (March 22); India has done well to not send any official representative to the event at the High Commission. India is leaving no opportunity to corner this terror-sponsoring nation at various international fora like the UNSC, as also calling the Pakistani bluff by justifiably refusing to accept all its ‘falsified’ peace overtures post-Pulwama attack. How can this hawkish nation, which has all along been following terrorism as its state policy, suddenly turn into a dove? Let it first prove its credentials before the entire world. 

SK Gupta, Panchkula


It’s for all to save water

Apropos the article ‘How to make our water use sustainable’ ( March 21) and World Water Day, the pledge to provide sustainable water management and the right to safe and clean drinking water should be taken into consideration by the government and each citizen. At present, India is facing the worst water crisis. As a developing nation, we are paying a huge price for the irregular arrangement in cropping pattern and hindering agriculture growth. A careless approach will cause chaos for future generations. 

Sharon Mathew, by mail


IAF morale sky-high

The readiness shown by IAF retirees to offer their services once again for the nation is highly commendable (‘IAF flooded with requests by veterans to fight’; March 21). Manpower shortage in the IAF is not critical requiring the recalling of reservists. What is more worrying is the fast depleting strength of our fighter jets. The Balakot airstrike shows high resolve and capability of the IAF. Despite being grossly ill-equipped, its morale is sky-high. Forces have been brought down in the order of precedence and defence officers are not even classified as group ‘A’. Such wrongs by political masters, apparently done at the behest of the bureaucracy, should be set right. Paying mere lip service in praise of the forces will not do. Status of the armed forces should be restored and brought on a par with the civil services. 

WG CDR CL SEHGAL (RETD), JALANDHAR


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