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Pressure on Pakistan will work

The terrorist attack on India’s financial capital has shocked the nation. However, no one can underestimate our military strength. The world is aware of our resolve to fight terror. Indeed, the Mumbai attack is an acid test for our diplomacy.

If Pakistani hawks indulge in any misadventure, we know how to retaliate with full force at our command. For the Pakistani leadership, wisdom lies in the dictum of former US President Bill Clinton to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharaff: “Do you want to save Pakistan or have Kashmir? You cannot have both. If you do not reign in jehadis and Al-Qaeda activists, you will lose both.”

The pressure of international community on Pakistan to hand over to India 21 fugitives involved in the terrorist attacks in India will work. It will also save Pakistan from disintegration.

Lt-Col CHANAN SINGH DHILLON (retd), Ludhiana 


Some urgent measures have become imperative. India must stop all road and rail channels with Pakistan until it mends its ways. The terrorist sentenced to death for attack on Indian Parliament and upheld by the Supreme Court should be hanged forthwith.

Tough law is needed to bring terrorists to book in the shortest possible time as was done by the US to deal with 9/11 culprits. Our borders with Pakistan should be sealed effectively to check infiltration of terrorists, smuggling of arms, fake currency and narcotics.

Bangladeshis, who have crossed over to India illegally should be sent back to their country. Separatists speaking the language of Pakistan in Kashmir be dealt with firmly and the policy of appeasement must stop.

S.P. BANSAL, Bathinda


Our police, commandoes and security personnel need modern arms, vehicles and bulletproof vests. As the terrorists are well armed with modern weaponry, our personnel cannot fight them with lathis, .303 rifles and substandard bulletproof vests. This aspect should be accorded top priority by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

To tackle terror, the Army should raise a special wing of commandos and train them by Israel’s instructors. These should be deployed at strategic places in different zones with individual transport planes for prompt transit during emergencies.

While accountability must be fixed on the police, intelligence and security officials for lapses, they need to be motivated with better pay and perks to serve the motherland.


Saving the honour

The Vice-Chancellor of Kurukshetra University has allayed apprehensions about the ill-conceived move to divest this university of its Correspondence Course for B.Ed and hand it over to MD University, Rohtak.

The Distance Education Directorate at Kurukshetra is well managed and well administered in this region. It attracts lakhs of students from all over the northern India, whereas the MDU could not draw as much number of students as Kurukshetra is doing. Kurukshetra has developed through its long and strenuous journey a very strong and efficient infrastructure and it would be gross injustice to the people of this region if this university is robbed of its lustre and reputation.

Dr H. S. SINHA, Kurukshetra

Anti-national policy

The Maharashtra government’s order of 80 per cent reservation of jobs quota in industrial units for locals is anti-national and ill-timed. The move may spur other states to emulate. Sentiments of discrimination against locals are prevalent in almost every state.

Biharis and Andhrites might be feeling more discriminated against. In those states as well, similar laws can be passed.

Ultimately, devoid of a national perspective and getting confined to our respective states, we cannot march ahead and our worldwide reputation will also suffer. There will be no one left to condemn the acts and policies of men like Raj Thackeray and his Maharashtra Navnirman Sena goons.

Prof P.K. GUPTA, Bathinda

Water for N-plants

I read with interest Dr G. S. Dhillon’s article “Water requirements of nuclear plants” (Science & Technology Page, Nov 21). The writer has tried to bring out that a huge quantity of water is needed for the nuclear power plants. This should be kept in view when the sites for nuclear power plants to be set up in Punjab and Haryana are finalised.

It is desirable that the nuclear plants are installed at sites, as far as possible, near water bodies which may provide ample quantity of water for cooling. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that nuclear power plants are a must to overcome to some extent the acute shortage of power. Coal reserves being limited, we have to go in for nuclear power plants.

G. R. KALRA, Chandigarh

Preventive detention

The editorial, “Right to life is sacred” is educative and thought provoking. It is worth taking note of seriously by the police who willy nilly use preventive detention.

The apex court’s guidance of this ruling bearing immense consequences on the functioning of police must be brought to the notice of the lower rung of police, i.e. thanas and police posts in the country.

The penalty imposed on the erring police officer should be paid to the victim. During the Emergency (1975-77), the right to life and personal liberty was clipped.

Even former Chief Minister Bhimsen Sachar was not spared and put behind bars.


Questionable law

The controversial Maharashra live-in relationship legislation has kicked off new controversies. In the Hindu mythology, marriage is a sacred relationship between the husband and wife. They remain sincere and honest towards their commitment throughout their life.

However, the live-in relationship is not so. Evils like female foeticide cannot be ruled out. It may be thrilling for the younger generation for a short span, but one cannot lose sight of its long-term implications. Why are social organisations not raising their voice against this ideology that is clearly opposite to our cultural ethos?

SIMMI MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City



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