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Posted at: Jul 19, 2018, 12:19 AM; last updated: Jul 19, 2018, 12:19 AM (IST)

Defaulter farmers

Refer to ‘Punjab agri bank to sell land of 12k defaulter farmers in 6 dists’ (July 17); farmers across India are under huge and constant pressure. There is hardly any farmer who wants his son to take to farming; there are hardly any savings. Only middlemen are earning profit. A farmer is not able to sell his vegetable produce even at 25 per cent of the market rate. How can a farmer pay off his loan in such a scenario? It will only increase the number of farmer suicides. In fact, more than farmers, there are industrialists who are playing havoc with the banking system. Why are only farmers being targeted? We must revisit the entire agri-sector policy and draft new policies rather than make false promises of loan waiver schemes.  

Zaibby mann, Dhuri  


Need sound policy

Population does not matter when it comes to producing champions; what matters is government policy, infrastructure and passion (‘Why Croatia can and India cannot’; July 18). As a government elementary teacher I know that the government has not had a strong sports policy in my 18-year teaching experience. If our primary level is weak, how can we make ourself strong in the secondary level? The government should introduce a strong policy at the primary level itself.

Bandeep Wahla, by mail


Hockey weak points

Reference to ‘Global glory still away’ (July 18); it appears very little attention is being paid to the biggest weakness in the Indian hockey team: the conversion of penalty corners (PCs). The Indian forward line has improved. It is on a par with top nations like Australia, the Netherlands and Argentina. Fowards are capable of earning PCs but these are not being converted, hence the Indian team is often in arrears. On an average the Indian team earns about five PCs in each match. Of these, if two-three are converted, the result of each match sways India’s way. We also need to master the art of winning tie-breakers. The team needs to have a set  of two goalkeepers of outstanding calibre, as our keeping is also a point of concern. If these aspects are addressed, gobal glory is not far away. 

Gurdeep Singh, Dharampur


Assault on a swami

The unfortunate manhandling of Swami Agnivesh in Jharkhand is neither the first nor the last of such sorry episodes (‘Agnivesh faces mob attack now’; July 18). This is another deplorable addition to the unfortunate saga of BJP-affiliated groups like the ABVP and the BJUM taking the law into their own hands and trying to serve their own version of instant justice to those who refuse to toe their line. The swami is a social activist of long standing and has often taken up the cudgels on behalf of the poor and the downtrodden. To treat an elderly  man in this fashion is the hallmark of an uncivilised, boorish, violent and decadent society. No amount of court judgments and condemnations by politicians is going to change the mindset of the rogue elements in society.

MK BAJAJ, Zirakpur 


Free hand

The ill spirit of ‘mobocracy’ is going unchecked and at a rapid pace. It cannot happen without political and police involvement, be it anti-Sikh riots, Godhra or Jat agitation. Now, many cases of lynching are coming up. The recent attack on Swami Agnivesh is deplorable and condemnable. Agnivesh has blamed BJP-sponsored groups for the attack. The government should make serious efforts to arrest the culprits to save its image.

Hardip Singh bhengura, Gurdaspur


Imaginary university

It is strange to select a yet-to-be-born institution for awarding the honour of ‘institution of eminence’ while ignoring those with preeminent credentials and a long history in the service of education and research (‘Preeminently outrageous’; July 18). While evaluating any institution for an honour like this, academic record and results, achievements in research, number of alumni, quality of faculty and infrastructure to students and teachers are taken into consideration. What has Jio university to show except plans and promises? It is like assuming that a child who has just been conceived will prove to be a genius and win the coveted Nobel Prize as soon as it is born. What merit can be assumed in the case of a non-existent university? It is clearly a case of bestowing favours on those who bestow funds on the powers that be. Earlier too, the Modi government  had committed a similar outrage by ignoring HAL and favouring the Ambanis who have no track record in aeronautics. Do they think people have no intelligence to see the mean motives behind such moves? 

Sadhu Singh Panag, by mail


Teaching it right

It is interesting that all governments are now promoting English and making it compulsory in several schools. My language of expression till graduation was Hindi, although I started learning English in class VI. We need to encourage students to think in the language they are learning. That is a big miss in our system, which makes it very hard to express ideas in English. How we are taught the language should also be kept in mind. Therefore, appropriately trained teachers with sound English background should only be hired. 

Nina Chander, by mail


Numbers only growing

World Population Day was observed on July 11, but we are not following its actual meaning: population control. It should be ‘world population control day’. The government has not introduced any incentive or disincentive to control population. There is no campaign to create more awareness. There is some control in urban areas and educated class, which adopts a maximum two-child norm, but in sub-urban and tribal areas, there is no control on population. Our population is increasing at an alarming rate, adding a whopping 2 crore people every year to our country. There is a strain on our resources. We cannot hope for any real growth this way. 

DEEPAK SARAF, Rampura Phul


‘Khalistan’ issue

A lot of misceptions are being put forth over the issue of ‘Khalistan’. This is intentionally allowed to happen, mainly and with the connivance of people who are not Sikhs, but profess to be Sikh leaders. These people were actually controlled and exposed by Bhindranwale. But the core issue of ‘injustice’ against Sikhs needs to be settled. 

Manmohan Singh Mann, Chandigarh


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