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Centre canít be soft on terror

I read the editorial, ďTerror in CapitalĒ (Sept 15). Once again five bomb blasts within 45 minutes in Delhi have proved that terrorism is spreading at high speed but our government is soft on terror. The government had installed CCTV cameras at different places in Delhi. But whatís the use of installing such hi-fi cameras when they donít work properly? This shows the governmentís carelessness and irresponsibility. Why donít the officers take their job seriously?

Itís not only the policemenís duty but common people, too, should be alert and inform the police about terrorists. The police canít be present everywhere, every time. As we know, five persons including a 11-year-old balloon seller saw suspected terrorists placing some packets in the dustbins at Central Park and Barakhamba Road. Why didnít they inform the police promptly?

JYOTI SHOKHANDA, Bangalore



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The vote bank politics of our so-called leaders have made India a sitting duck that can be targeted by anyone. The myopia shown by our leaders in tackling the problem of terrorism is exemplary. They think if they take stern measures against the terrorists, they will lose the Muslimsí votes.

Donít Muslims die in bomb attacks? Wouldnít an ordinary Muslim want to live in a peaceful and secure state? I wonder when will our seasoned politicians understand that being tough on terrorists does not amount to being anti-Muslim. Unless†the leaders of this country are cured of this shortsightedness, there can be no hope of winning the war against terror.

RAJNEESH DHAWAN, Chandigarh

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Again the authorities have proved themselves as irresponsible. The government is not doing anything other than announcing compensation to the next of kin. Why are the terrorists having an upper hand and not the police?

Sadly, even Delhi, the national Capital, is not safe though the communication facilities are far much better than in other cities. If the heart of Delhi, i.e. Connaught Place, is not safe, how can we feel secure at other places? It is shocking that terrorists are succeeding in their nefarious mission always. Some strict action should be taken against those responsible for lax security.

LILY SHARMA, Kurukshetra

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The Delhi bomb blasts are tragic and remind me of the story of the bird and its chicks. Every time the farmer declared to cultivate the land by addressing it as someone elseís task, the mother bird had no fears and she told her frightened chicks not to worry because they wonít be homeless unless and until the farmer tries to vacate the field himself.

The point is that we want citizens to be responsible who, in turn, want the surveillance agencies to be more alert.† Unless and until the rules and discipline followed by the Army are not implemented in the police service, things wonít improve. In China, every citizen is given a chance to work for the country for some duration in the Army. We need to emulate this practice.

SANDEEP SHARMA, Solan (HP)

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The BJPís stand on terrorism cannot be appreciated because it has condemned the government instead of the Saturday blasts and the perpetrators. At this crucial juncture, every†Indian should unite and find appropriate ways to fight terror instead of finding fault with the government. In this fight against terror, every religious and political segment†of society should be included.

OMAR LUTHER KING, Delhi





New focus on job courses

With the new focus on job-oriented and vocational courses, there is a remarkable shortfall in admissions to traditional courses. Opening of too many technical institutes has proved risky for the degree colleges of the region. The situation has become critical for B.Sc (Biology) and Arts courses. Degree colleges seem unable to attract talent, causing concern to teachers and students.

Last year, the government proposed semester system in the undergraduate level. Changes in curriculum like a project-based system, redesigned syllabi, emphasis on spoken English, computer course and so on were suggested to remove the disparity between simple BA, B.Sc and other technical courses. However, it did not appeal to some teachers.

A drastic change in syllabi is required with credit-based system where compulsory papers of basic science, computer, spoken English etc. and major and minor subjects should be introduced. The committees framed in the last session at Kurukshetra University can be reactivated for designing the curriculum and implementation of semester system from the next session.

Dr VIBHA AGGARWAL, Principal, Dayanand Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Kurukshetra

 





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