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Tackle violent agitations forcefully

S S Johl in his article “Violent agitations destroy – State must tackle them firmly” (June 6) has called for immediate remedial measures. We endorse the view that ours is a “no punishment society” and the law is lax. The police often acts belatedly after the orgy of violence and vandalism is over.

The government too buckles under pressure. In such a volatile situation, political activists, criminals and other disgruntled elements take the law into their own hands, exploit the mob mentality and whip up hysteria.

Thus, they manage to throw life out of gear and disturb peace and communal harmony. The recent incidents in Punjab and Bihar have shocked the entire nation. But mischief-mongers manage to go scot-free. Such violent agitations and protests are not in consonance with democratic norms and social ethos. It is the duty of the state government to restore order and safeguard the life and property of its people.


Bolder policies needed

The Presidential address showcased the policies and programmes of the new UPA government. The government’s thrust is on internal security, agriculture, industry, education, health, infrastructure and prudent fiscal management. Proper governance will usher in a new era for the welfare of all sections of society.

But the new regime has not come out with any bold or revolutionary initiatives, especially considering that India aspires to become a superpower in the 21st century. Population explosion is the biggest challenge that the nation is facing. The new government must introduce graded incentives for small families. Special increments should be given to the employees of both the state and the private sector for adhering to the small family norm.

B KAPOOR, Dy Chief Engineer (retd), Jalandhar City

Listen to wives

Tara Chand’s witty letter “Listen to wives” (May 29) goads me to join the issue. The habit of nagging is not confined to wives only. Men too are seriously afflicted with this malady. The women of the world in general and those of India in particular are fighting a protracted battle for equality. If the nation’s apex court has appreciated the struggle of fair sex, Mr Chand ought to do the same sincerely.

KIRAN SHARMA, Sundernagar


The Supreme Court’s advice is interesting. But there is flip side too. No doubt domestic violence against men is less common but it sometimes erupts in extreme forms making family life miserable. It is as bad as violence against women and should not be tolerated. Constant nagging converts even amiable husbands into adversaries. They are humiliated, humbled, hounded in various unbecoming ways. Perhaps, the apex court’s advice reflects women’s growing empowerment.


Air vigilance

In order to save time and because of lower fares, more and more people are travelling by air (editorial, “Near-misses”, June 2). But the civil aviation has not learnt any lessons from its past mistakes and has not adopted adequate safety norms. The Air Traffic Controllers can play a pivotal role in averting mishaps and hence must be more vigilant.

SHIKHA THAPA, Dharamshala, Kangra

Obama’s inspiring speech

US President Barack Obama’s Cairo speech was remarkably honest and straightforward. It was a fine piece of oratory skill showing depth and insight. The speech was thoughtful and impressive. I wish it resonates across the globe. Mr Obama spoke on democracy, terrorism, economic development and religious tolerance. His hope that “The sooner the extremists are isolated and unwelcome in Muslim communities, the sooner we will all be safer,” is genuine and must be paid heed to.

His views on women’s rights were appealing. He rightly observed that “countries where women are well-educated are far more likely to be prosperous.” He elaborated by saying, “Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential. I do not believe that women must make the same choices as men in order to be equal, and I respect those women who choose to live their lives in traditional roles. But it should be their choice.”

Muslims all over the world, especially in India, must ponder over the treatment meted out to women in Muslim societies, particularly in regard to their education. Mr Obama’s support for women’s rights is most welcome.

Dr M IQTEDAR HUSAIN FAROOQI, Secretary, Sir Syed Scientific Society, Lucknow



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