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Situation in Pakistan still fluid

The front-page editorial, “There is no change in the basics in Pakistan” (March 18), by HK Dua was an impassioned rebuttal of cheers and celebrations. His hunch about the uncertainties in Pakistan is not without substance. Political pundits here as well as across the border and even the hoi polloi were expecting yet another miscarriage of democracy.

The army in Pakistan could have overthrown the civilian government by now, but for the Americans who have a huge stake in the fluid political situation. Thanks to the engagement of the US in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region, it has to often act like a super cop. The biggest worry for India, and perhaps the US too, is that the Taliban could be inching closer to capturing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

B M SINGH, Amritsar

Lust for power

The editorial “Divided before birth” (March 17) has portrayed the duplicity and opportunism of the leaders of the so-called Third Front. If they cannot fight the elections jointly and decide upon the claimant for the highest executive post now, how can they run the country as big as India faced with serious problems post-elections?

The truth is that they have nothing in common except the lust for power. Their ideologies and policies are only a smokescreen. These unscrupulous leaders from disparate parties will be pulling one another’s leg after the elections.

HEMA, Langeri (Hoshiarpur)


With the exception of the leaders of the Left, all others in the Third Front want to become the Prime Minister. Will they be able to provide a stable government? The Third Front is emerging as a platform for many Prime Ministerial aspirants to explore the possibility of using caste, colour, language, religion, etc, to achieve their selfish ends. People should reject such leaders and their parties.


Absurd idea

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati plans to remain airborne for campaigning purposes. She promises not to ignore her chief ministerial duties while fulfilling her responsibilities as the BSP chief. But her so-called prudent decision to fly back to Lucknow every evening seems absurd and totally outlandish in a country where we have neither enough fuel nor choppers for airlifting people during floods and other natural disasters.

The huge funds being spent in the name of party funds for the purpose of campaigning must have been collected from the public by using different tactics. It doesn’t require a great intellectual exercise to deduce this simple fact. Thus, the awakened people should just rub their eyes and see through the game of our politicians

Ahim Jurry, Mohali

Prevent data theft

India is believed to be emerging as a popular choice for new business operations for international firms, with the widespread use of the Internet (“On sale, UK credit card details for $10”, front-page news item, March 21). But the unearthing of the serious conspiracy for the sale of stolen credit and debit card details of UK customers by Delhi-based Saurabh Sanchar has virtually proved that India has failed to provide laws for data security. This is bound to bring the country a bad name.

Effective legal check is required on the country-wide functioning of call centres. Our law makers, who are still far behind the perpetrators of data thefts, need to enact stringent laws on data protection and for legal awareness on electronic commerce. There must be provision for harsh punishment to such offenders. The government should use advanced technology in combination with the existing laws.

Harpreet Sandhu, former Additional Advocate-General (Punjab), Ludhiana

Rural-urban divide

The recent survey that brought out the abysmal percentage of rural students in professional courses in Punjab was an eye-opener. This shows that there is a wide chasm between the rural and urban people when it comes to educational opportunities. Good education is the key to all-round development of society. How can we think of progress if a large section of our population lags behind? The Father of the Nation had said that Bharat lives in its villages. But now we are seeing that the real

Bharat is being ignored. Lack of education is the main cause of backwardness in the rural areas. The government is duty-bound to care for rural people. We should give top priority to quality education in the rural areas.


Apathy towards nature

nvironment protection is perhaps the most abused word in government lexicology. What else explains the irrational persistence of a state government in appeasing daylight robbers of the fragile hill system of the Aravallis in the name of development.

Ironically, these hills protect the entire northern region from the advance of the desert. Thanks to the crusade of a few concerned citizens and timely intervention by the Supreme Court, the government-miners nexus stands exposed.

One wonders as to when wisdom will dawn on our politicians. Environment protection is not just about despatching a few saplings to the Forest Department or releasing some attractive booklets on various occasions. This means zero tolerance towards any attempt to disturb the nature.

Abhimanyu Rajput, Ambala Cantt



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