This refers to the S editorial Powerful caste Panchayat.. .(Khap) (August II, 2009). “Who rules Haryana?: The law or the Khaps?” The answer is resounding: “the khaps”. From meddling into marital affairs to ostracising a family and lynching a young man for violating khap norms of marriage, the institution of khap panchayat in Haryana has traversed its hideous journey from the grotesque to the macabre. The khap panchayat has become a law unto itself. It has evolved a parallel judicial system. Kangaroo courts are held and fatwas issued.

The khap is a medieval institution when Jats were tribals divided into clans. It acted as an instrument of security in an age marked by lawlessness. In modern times, it has outlived its utility when various institutions to maintain law and order are in operation.

Secondly, the khap panchayat has no elective principle. Its so-called mukhias are self-appointed guardians of social mores. It has emasculated the electorally-constituted pancha- yats which give due representation to women and weaker sections.

Thirdly, it has no idea of symbiotic relationship between tradition and modernity. Fourthly, the observance of khap norms has become impractical with the changing complexion of rural society.

Rapid advance made by Haryana in the material fields is regressive in the face of growing moral decay and spiritual atrophy in the state, with a sizeable section of its population fast
lapsing into the dark zone of barbarity and depravity. It is like getting all the riches on the earth after selling one’s soul to the Lucifer.

– J. S. Acharya, Hyderabad.


I do not find a more suitable word than , Splendid to appreciate the article, Stay Together but Stand Apart by Suman Bajpai in WE August II issue.

Certainly a good space is required around any individual for him to enlighten his vision, to nurture his interests, and to develop his ideas, in short, to fortify his self. All the benefits of this go obviously to the spouse.

Who else will feel proud of the achievements other than one’s life partner? I have in my life actually felt the same, thanks to my husband who gave me absolute freedom to have some time for myself, choose my interests and develop the same.

Occupying the 24 hours of the spouse           can only         end in

misunderstanding. Instead of feeling good the other person will find himself as chained to someone. Each individual travels in a different path of life.

It is so narrow a path that two people cannot use at the same time. But the two paths can go parallel throughout. The space between the two paths bind them ideally together. And that is a beautiful frame of life as well as marriage.

– N. Muthu Lekshmi, Nagercoil.


In the Woman’s Era i of August I, 2009 I liked, read, and also enjoyed the article Love and respect yourself. This article made me relieve my career-life moment of my younger days.

The article by Leena Kundnani is


a very good one. Every worn– – India should read it and inct := – self-love in their female chi;c childhood.

Young women should nurture ~ love, self-respect and pride Y:_rc women should be made to eat—: only job satisfaction from we o: ne jobs and revel in their achieve-e-:: but also expect rewards for the r -ant work.

– Meera B. Rao.


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The artic e Healthy -Relattos Key to Happine;. Suman Bajpa August I 2009, is thou: provoking, informative and ec->:ir for married people, a most intirae a all human relationship in wh rr share life intellectually, socia a physically.

In my opinion a mutual standing, love, sharing and ca” trust and faith in each other and builds up a happy relat and that is the key to a su~ marriage.

– Anthony Sanders, A’_

The prize is awarded to: J. S. Acharya, Hyderabad

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