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No reason to be afraid of talks with Pakistan

H K Dua in his front-page editorial “Why be afraid of talks with Pakistan?” (July 18) has rightly commended the effort of both Pakistan and India to begin peace talks in the subcontinent. The initiative taken by the two countries to resume dialogue should not be seen as a victory of one and the defeat of the other. It is an encouraging step and must be appreciated for peace to be given a fair chance.

To achieve the desired goal, we have to sit across the table and discuss contentious issues. Working for peace is a challenging task and requires both will and courage. We have fought many wars with Pakistan and we all know that war is not a solution.



It always makes sense to strive for and talk of peace even in the face of provocation and volatile circumstances. Pursuit of peace is the forte of strong, sensible and courageous people. It needs diplomatic calibre, political sagacity and statesmanship. The present generation owes it to the future generations and must lay the road map for peace.

B M SINGH, Amritsar 


When the US and the Soviet Union could talk to each other during the cold war and avoid a global war, when China and the US could meet 650 times at Warsaw while they were bitter enemies, why should India and Pakistan not talk to each other? The neighbouring nations should start a composite dialogue to bring peace to the people of the subcontinent who share a common culture, language and face the common enemy of terrorism.

Every problem can be solved in a positive and peaceful manner. So let us move towards peace. “Silsila khatam na ho baat se baat chaley,subah hone tak yahee shaam-e-mulaqaat chaley”.



The stand taken by Mr Dua is commendable and differs from the general viewpoint. Unfortunately, it has become a ritual to oppose each and every move of the government, even at the cost of our national interests. Even a layman knows how reliable Pakistan is!

Is our PM so gullible that he does not understand this fact? Only, it has become a habit with us to demoralise and denounce our leaders.

 Dr P R THAKUR, Panchkula 

Politics & policies

Jayshree Sengupta’s article “Policies clouded by politics” (July 16) has hit the nail on the head. Indeed, the aam aadmi remains unsatisfied because of rising food prices, high rents, lack of adequate water and power and declining incomes. The writer has also stressed upon encouraging private investment. Even if the government wants to pursue the policy of disinvestments to raise funds, it can do so, provided management control remains with the government.

F C SINGLA, Chandigarh

Expose BJP’s pretence

Justice Rajindar Sachar has exposed the hollowness of the saffron organisations in his article “Call the BJP’s bluff” (July 15). The demolition of the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was a reprehensible act. What was demolished was not merely an ancient structure, but the faith of the minorities. The perpetrators of this crime had not only struck against a place of worship but also at the principles of secularism, democracy and the rule of law enshrined in the Constitution.

This and many other reprehensible acts like the Gujarat riots force us to hang our heads in shame. Jonathan Swift has rightly said; “We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another.” Religion often acts as a double-edged sword. It helps us to achieve salvation, but at the same time, it creates discord between different religious communities. Let us beware of people like Mr Varun Gandhi who try to gain political advantage by raising communal issues.


Property disputes

It is indeed a matter of concern that there has been a sudden spurt in suicides and murders in property related disputes. Keeping this in view, it is time to establish special fast track courts where property related cases could be taken up on priority basis.

This will not only bring relief to those who run from pillar to post in search of justice but also prevent land mafia from taking advantage of property disputes.




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