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Posted at: Sep 25, 2018, 12:04 AM; last updated: Sep 25, 2018, 12:04 AM (IST)

Badals in denial mode

APROPOS ‘Naive to ignore dangers to Punjab peace’ (September 24); the adviser to former CM Badal, by criticising the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report about Behbal Kalan police firing merely as an ‘insinuation and unrestrained hostility towards Badal’, has tried to defend and support his  political master. The commission, appointed to pinpoint responsibility for sacrilege and death of two innocent Sikhs during firing, has done a commendable job. It has highlighted all related facts in a fair manner. The Badals are in a denial mode. They had earlier rejected Justice Zora Singh Commission report, too. It is an old  ploy to mislead the people of Punjab in the name of danger to Hindu-Sikh unity and revival of militancy, etc. But can Badal, the then Chief Minister of the state, absolve himself of the responsibility of police firing? Will Mr Bains try to explain?

Col Gurdev Singh (retd), Bathinda

Ploy, no threat to peace 

While the law and ( dis)order condition in Punjab is far from satisfactory, there is certainly no threat to communal peace in the state as the writer would have readers believe (‘Naive to ignore dangers to Punjab peace’; September 24). The real ire which the Badals are facing is fiercer from his own party and his highly paid ‘jathedars’ for his dictatorial policies, than from the Congress which inherited an empty exchequer and is confused on how to tide over the situation with a pro-Akali government at the Centre. The Badal father-son duo destroyed all institutions, wrecked school education and government hospitals, over and above innovating tricks to fool people, who have now seen through their game. 


Desperate act by terrorists

Refer to the editorial ‘Killing off-duty cops’ (September 24); the recent spurt in killings of policemen in Kashmir is a pointer to the desperate efforts of terrorists to create an atmosphere of fear among locals, so as to remain relevant in the eyes of their paymasters.  Meanwhile, the actions and statements of J&K politicians, irrespective of their political affiliations, continue to add fuel to the fire. Unless these politicians join hands to condemn such mindless killings in one voice, and find ways to isolate these enemy-backed terrorists, more such blood-shed shall flow in the Valley. 


Let corridor remain shut

The Sikh sangat should not insist on the passage to gurdwara Kartarpur sahib. Ultimately, it will become a headache for the state government. Terrorists and drug peddlers will get a chance to enter the country and Punjab will have to suffer. Sikhism is a scientific, logical and rational religion. We should not sacrifice the safety and security of the country for religion.  Religion can prosper if our country is safe. We have so many historical gurdwaras in India.  We can visit those. All political parties are waiting for some mudda to cash in on it. But we being true Sikhs should not get taken in and must consider the merits and demerits of this passage. We have seen terrible days of terrorism and now thousands of families are suffering from drugs, which is coming from Pakistan. 

Sukhwant Bhullar, Chandigarh

Mindset will change slowly

Refer to “Medieval construct of culture fuels ‘honour killings’” (September 24); it needs to be remembered that our society has diverse stratification on the basis of caste system through ages and various religions.  Because of universalisation of modern education and economic changes, which are coming about gradually, it will take time to erase the medieval mindset and becoming a liberal society. Socio-economic changes do not happen all of a sudden. Despite several legal provisions, such killings keep taking place. We have to make our education system more effective to eradicate such mindset.

Ravi Bhushan, Kurukshetra

Green Parshad

The renewal of buta parshad by the SGPC with the Punjab forest department is a welcome step. This will increase the value of plants and greenery, as trees are cut in large numbers to widen roads. Even though the SGPC has to pay Rs 6 per plant, it is cheap as trees are the life of human beings.  These saplings will bring greenery in villages as well, as Harminder Sahib is visited by a large number of people. Other gurdwaras like Anandpur Sahib, Damdama Sahib and Fatehgarh Sahib have also begun to distribute saplings of tulsi, guava, mango and neem as part of parshad. Gurdwaras in villages should also start this practice as they have enough land to grow trees. The government should encourage it.

DD Dhawan, Jalandhar

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