IF YOU WERE TO SAY TO THE CHIEF MINISTER OF ORISSA OR BIHAR, "WHY DON'T YOU ASPIRE TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO SIT AT UNO NEXT TO THE ONE FROM MALDIVES, BOGUSDESH, SLOVENIA AND UGANDA?"
THE INDIAN COOLIE WILL BE SHOCKED. "BUT SIR, THEY ARE MEN WHILE I AM A HINDU MOUSE. I AM QUITE HAPPY FOR "RASHTRAMATA" SONIA JI TO SEND ANYONE ON OUR BEHALF, EVEN SHABANA AZMI IF NAJMA HEPTULLAH COULDN'T BE BOTHERED TO GO ABROAD."
PUNJAB MUST FIGHT ITS OWN BATTLE by Brig DALIP SINGH SIDHU (retd) & Capt Amarjit Singh Jaijee (retd), Chandigarh,PUNJAB
...........tribuneindia.com;Mailbag, 31st July, 2004
.................Punjab must fight its own battle
A lot has been discussed on Punjab's decision on SYL in these columns. But most seem to overlook the injustice done to Punjab by Indira Gandhi. She was not our well wisher and she became more and more vindictive towards Punjab.
Capt Amarinder Singh knew that great injustice was done to Punjab. He has now taken everyone in the state into confidence. All Punjabis should stand by him like a rock. No one in New Delhi will help Punjab. The Congress and the NDA are only worried about their prospects in the next elections in Haryana and so, each one of them is trying to encash on the issue.
One has to look into other problems. It is time the states woke up. The Centre treats them like villages. They need more powers, financial and administrative. We need a presidential form of government. Why do states have to go to Delhi with a begging bowl?
Why are no finances made available to them? Income-tax paid by the people in the states is taken away by the Centre. Why Central Sales Tax at all?
Why are IAS and IPS officers imposed on the states? Can't the states select candidates through their Public Service Commissions and send them for training to the Central academies? Why should the Centre transfer High Court Judges from one state to another? The states should look after their own affairs as in the US.
When the states are in dire need of rice, wheat, fodder and even water in an emergency, they look to Punjab for help. But who helped Punjab last year when there was drought?
Brig DALIP SINGH SIDHU (retd) & Capt Amarjit Singh Jaijee (retd), Chandigarh