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US blunders could harm India

HK Dua’s excellent editorial, “Americans commit blunders, not mistakes” (March 10), has blasted the US President, Mr Barack Obama, for “experimenting with foreign policy” and discovering that there are indeed: the ‘Good Taliban’ and the ‘Bad Taliban’. No one knows, how he has arrived at this distinction between good and bad, which eluded the former US President, Mr George Bush. But the US foreign policy has never been consistent. It has been driven by opportunism.

First, the US created Taliban. Then it went out to destroy them. Now, it has found the ‘Good Taliban’. Let us hope their blunders do not blow up India’s peace. 

The US should value the lives of others as dearly as it values the lives of its own citizens. Only then will its decisions better the cause of humanity.

PRIKSHAT VERMA, Mississauga, Canada


How can there be a ‘Good Taliban’ and a ‘Bad Taliban’? I fully agree with Mr Dua that Americans do not make mistakes and by dividing the Taliban into good and bad, they will be committing their biggest blunder. It has the potential to destroy the world in the long term. India should wake up and take appropriate measures to ensure that it is not affected by the US’s new line of thinking.

P N SHALI, Mumbai

Endangering wildlife

It is shocking that the present Punjab Government has a myopic vision. It has no interest in the safety of wildlife. The wetland area in Harike is home to migratory birds. The Punjab Chief Minister had announced ownership rights to illegal occupants.

I feel it is just to appease the cultivators for narrow political ends without any regard for the protection of wildlife and preservation of the environment. Obviously, the government is encouraging the encroachers by regularising their occupation of wetland by confirming ownership rights.

This will endanger many precious wildlife species, which are very useful for maintaining the ecological balance.


Vote judiciously

The Editor- in Chief, The Tribune, Mr HK Dua’s continuous endeavour to imprint on the mind of voters that their votes matter is praiseworthy. We should realise the value of our votes. It is a chance for us to elect persons who have the ability to form a government, which could address the problems of poverty, unemployment, corruption, illiteracy, lawlessness and militancy.

The personal stature, sagacity and unimpeachable integrity, coupled with consummate political skills make a person capable of being a suitable MP. It is our moral duty to shun candidates with a criminal background. We should not be misled either by the caste rhetoric or the lure of lucre.


Pride of India

To the editorial, “Pride at stake” (March 7), I can only add— what an irony? It took a liquor baron to save the pride of the country. But the big question is: how will Mr James Otis use this huge amount? Will it be for his personal development or the welfare of the underprivileged whose cause he claims to be espousing?


A social menace

Begging is a social menace. Many people take up this humiliating and degrading practice due to unemployment. Begging is a blot on the name of our country. It depicts our country in a poor light. India has tourists visiting from all over the world. Anti-social elements commit crimes like theft and kidnapping, under the cover of begging.

The government should implement laws against begging and provide rehabilitation schemes for the beggars. The people should discourage beggars. Beggary should be eradicated.


Fishing can promote tourism

While discussing the formulation of a 20-year perspective master plan for tourism in Himachal Pradesh, the Tourism Secretary, Ms Manisha Nanda, had said that in order to decongest the present tourist destinations and divert tourism traffic to new places, due importance will be given to other activities like eco-tourism, rural and cultural tourism, heritage tourism and adventure tourism.

She missed the point that there was a vast potential for promoting tourism through fishing in the state. Trout fishing in upper reaches of rivers and its tributaries could attract a large number of foreign tourists. Trout fishing in Tirthan and Parvati streams in Kullu Valley is a champion sport. With little encouragement and proper management, it can be as popular as golf.

Although, the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal has said that there will be no development at the cost of environment but an indiscriminate execution of hydropower projects is resulting in the fragmentation of streams and depletion of fish.

The state government should have clear-cut hydropower and fishery policies for sustainable development. Instead of mere rhetoric, the government should accord high priority to fisheries and take benchmark initiatives to preserve fish biodiversity.

K B RALHAN, secretary-general, Himachal Angling Association, Palampur



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