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Posted at: Mar 18, 2018, 12:42 AM; last updated: Mar 18, 2018, 1:59 AM (IST)

Statue spree must stop

It is difficult to understand the country’s obsession with statues when there are hardly any financial resources to fund education and healthcare of millions of its poor population (Kaffeeklatsch: And, now, a million murtis). Statues are not the only way to pay homage to our heroes. Mayawati’s elephants, communists’ Lenins and many political leaders’ statues all over the country are an easy target of vandals. Sometime ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earmarked Rs 3,000 crore for erecting a statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat, Marathas were not behind in splurging tax-payers’ money to the tune of Rs 3,600 crore for Shivaji’s statue. This reckless statue splurge must stop.

MS Khokhar, by email


In our vibrant democracy, various political ideologies must be respected. But we have disruptors who in the name of cow, statues, etc., generate animosity among communities to divert focus from their wrong policies and decisions. Even some constitutional functionaries are trying to justify mob violence. It is hoped that people will take such disruptive forces to task so that India’s fabric of social harmony is not harmed and the political field regains its prestige. To the world, India must present its glorious picture of ideal democracy by undertaking necessary transformation.   

Subhash Vaid, New Delhi 


Violence, overt or supported by governments, and vandalism seem to be a new norm in current politics. The way statutes of leaders were defaced after the Tripura elections and the Tripura governor turned a blind eye to vandalism tends to rationalize the changing narrative in today’s polity. The current situation is certainly testing the resilience and strength of democratic setups and values which have so far withstood the test of time.  

Jagvinder Singh Brar, Patiala


Blaming the Narendra Modi dispensation for the pulling down of Lenin’s statue by vandals and the use of strident language against the Prime Minister is not right. The write-up didn’t mention the condemnation of such incidents by Modi. In contrast, K Natwar Singh’s piece on the same issue was balanced. I think we should set up no statues. However, if at all we have to, these should be of only great Indian personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose or Bhagat Singh.

Wg Cdr CL Sehgal (retd), Jalandhar

No farm policies

High costs of inputs nowadays have made farming a ‘not so profitable’ business (Vegetable nursery gains ground for farmers). Also, neither the Centre nor states have any roadmap to address the problems of farmers, especially the small and marginal ones. In the absence of availability of economically viable alternative crops and assurance on the maximum support price, diversification is not possible. Authorities can take a cue from the success stories of farmers like Gurbir Singh, who have ventured into vegetable nurseries, and frame a sound policy on diversification. 

Raj Kumar Kapoor, Chandigarh

Making waste work

Efforts made to create wealth from the waste and the success achieved is commendable (Impressions: Wealth from waste). However, we need to make a couple of things clear for the layman: whether the procedure is with respect to grey water collected from bathrooms, washing clothes and kitchen waste only; how the treated water from one pond is passed to another. If it has to happen under gravity then the area needs to have sufficient relief (slope/gradient). That doesn’t appear to be so in the Karnal area. 

Gurdev Singh, Mohali

Trump’s surprise move

Dialogue is the best means to resolving  conflicts, even though there’s no certainty of outcomes (As I Please). The proposed meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has come as a surprise to many. Trump’s own administration was taken aback by the abrupt announcement of the meeting. After last year’s Twitter war between the two, no one could have imagined that the rising tension would dissipate overnight. Uncanny and unconventional: this is how Trump’s presidency has been so far. Anything is possible with his abrupt style of functioning.  

PL Singh, Amritsar

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