Tuesday, May 18, 2021

An Open Letter to Punjab Civil Society


An Open Letter to Punjab Civil Society

Dear fellow-citizens particularly Jalandharites,

 Some months ago, you may be aware, enthusiasts interested in community matters initiated an outfit called Punjab Civil Society and I wrote about this in my blog on: https://diplomatictitbits.blogspot.com/search?q=punjab+civil+society

It was clear that the on-going Kisan Andolan was the immediate provocation coupled with interests and subtle agenda of some socio-religious right-wingers sitting on the fence. The initiative, as expected, survived only a couple of subdued meetings of the so called core group of almost defunct Punjab Civil Society. The issues remain as it were. I thought of picking up the threads because of the current political and social developments in Punjab in which one of

MLA Pargat Singh at the inaugural meeting of Punjab Civil Society

the founding members of Punjab Civil Society, MLA Pargat Singh, happened to be a party besides the fact that these developments concerned the entire civil society of Punjab and the country at large.

I am apolitical stakeholder in the matters of wellbeing of the community and as such would refrain from touching the political sensitivities involved. The on-going political slugfest, notwithstanding, on account of issues of ‘sacrilege and Bargari’ incidents etc., MLA Pargat Singh’s allegations about ‘arms twisting’ and ‘use of government agencies’ by CM Captain Amrinder Singh’s government, should really be

Media interaction of Punjab Civil Society

issues of concern and worry to the civil society. It has also been reported in the media that one of the senior Ministers, Charanjit Singh Channi, who was said to be differing with CM Captain Amrinder Singh, was also picked to show him his place by racking up an old case of ‘harassment of a lady IAS officer’ against him. I think civil society should not remain a silent spectator to all these developments which adversely impinge the community and the society directly.

Vaccination at Ghai Hospital
Let me take this opportunity and register my concern as an ordinary citizen on the vaccination issues to deal with Covid pandemic. We in the civil society must prevail upon the concerned health authorities
to undertake the work of vaccination with all seriousness and responsibility particularly to the economically weaker sections of the society as – Jaan Hai To Jahan Hai. We must defeat the deadly virus resolutely by standing together.

With all the best wishes to all my fellow citizens.

Yours truly

(Ramesh Chander)

Ambassador – IFS (Retired)

Telephone: 9988510940

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