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Terrorists must be brought to book

Ved Pratap Vaidik’s article “War on terror” (Jan 26) hit the nail on the head. Indeed, Pakistan will always remain reluctant to extradite the wanted terrorists to India unless and until the pressure of the US is earnest and sincere. But then the US is not likely to take such an action, which will force Pakistan to extradite the wanted terrorists.

According to the writer “the US is completely bogged down in Pakistan but our government is naïve enough to rely on the US to solve its problem. The US has gone into Pakistan and Afghanistan to find solutions to its own problem and not that of India.”

One is unable to understand what Pakistan wants to do with terrorists. Terrorists are nobody’s friends. The sooner they are brought to book, the better it will be.


Pinning Pakistan

The editorial “Pin Pakistan down” (Jan 26) was interesting. Undoubtedly, Pakistan has no interest in dealing with terrorists operating from its soil. Despite international condemnation even by the new US administration, there is no indication that Pakistan will take  effective measures.

The editorial rightly suggests tightening of international pressure on Pakistan so that it can be prevented from clandestinely helping terrorists, particularly those operating against us. This suggestion assumes significance in view of the complicity of the ISI with terrorists in the recent Mumbai attacks. No more proof of Pakistan’s intentions and the complicity of ISI with terrorists is needed.


Credible judiciary

I fully endorse the views expressed in the article “Judges should have been the first to disclose assets” (Jan 23) by Kuldip Nayar and the editorial “Credibility, the best asset” (Jan 24). Both pieces reflect the right spirit of rule of law. Nobody can be above the law. When members of the Parliament, ministers, MLAs, government officials are supposed to declare their assets, why should judges be an exception? Rather, they should be the first to declare their assets.

The Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan is not sending a right signal to the nation when he knows fully well that the judiciary too has many a black sheep.

Keeping in view the corruption prevailing in the country he should consider Mr Nayar’s suggestions. Surely, it will enhance his prestige and the prestige of the judiciary.



The judiciary is always seen as a protector of laws. The eminent jurists have already opined and quoted many cases in favor of CIC. Our democracy has stood many tests and we hope that we will pass this test also. Prudence suggests that judges should come out and disclose their assets on their own and save the Chief Justice from facing embarrassment. The prestige of judiciary should not be put at stake, as this will harm our democratic ethos.

R K GARG, Chandigarh

Elderly need pampering too

The editorial “For the elderly” (Jan 24) has brought to fore the plight of our elderly people. Punjab has become the fifth state to enforce the Maintenance of Parents and Senior Citizens Act. Himachal Pradesh has already enforced the law, yet the fact is that elderly people in the twilight of their lives silently bear utter neglect, loneliness and despair even while sharing space with their loved ones.

The condition of the elderly aggravates further when they lose their life partner and are left alone at the mercy of their sons and daughters-in -law. The parents with two sons or more have to go through a severe ordeal. In some cases sons enter into an agreement to keep their parents with them on a monthly basis. Thus the parent has to keep shifting “home”.

It is shocking that parents who toiled all their life for the sake of their children are subjected to this shameless apathy. Merely providing bread and shelter is not enough. The elderly need our emotional support and care. Let us pamper them. I beseech you all to become a paragon for others in dispensing your filial duties so that others can follow in your footsteps.

RAJESH THAKUR, Gumma, Jogindernagar

Old is gold

Rajbir Deswal’s middle, “Bringing Rafi alive” (Jan 22) was a well-written piece. It brought to fore a negative trait of a section of the society, which laughs at old things and people and does not take them seriously. Laughing at others without knowing the whole truth is the worst kind of humour.

It should not be forgotten that one could learn much from the aged and the experienced. Of course, one has to supplement the acquired knowledge, with one’s own diligence and perseverance to arrive somewhere.



There is no doubt that the late Mohammad Rafi was a great singer and still has a deep influence on the music lovers and his voice continues to haunt us even today.Rafi’s voice, ranging from the melancholic to the boisterous, was such that it suited every mood and every occasion in films.

His is one voice that has been imitated the most by budding singers in their bid to be a Rafi. But no one has been able to recreate the Rafi magic at the musical events organised to keep his memory alive. Actually, no one comes close to him.At best, singers have been able to imitate just one aspect of his voice. However, nobody possesses his versatility.


Loudmouth Mush

Recently former Pakistan President, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf who is in the habit of making wild statements gave a veiled warning to India. He said that his country’s forces were not wearing bangles.

He should know that Indian jawans are also not donning silken gloves. India has not committed any crime against Pakistan. It has made a strong protest against the Mumbai attacks. There is nothing wrong in doing so.




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