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Omar has emerged unscathed

The editorial “Omar comes out clean” (July 31) has aptly traced the reasons behind the vilification campaign launched by the PDP leader, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, against the J&K Chief Minister, Mr Omar Abdullah. However, the fact that the CBI has given a clean chit to the young chief minister puts Ms Mufti in an embarrassing position.

She seems to be smarting from the drubbing her party received in the Assembly elections. She should let bygones be bygones. Instead of crossing swords with the government, her party should play the role of a constructive opposition.

SACHDI NANDA, Chandigarh


What Ms Mehbooba Mufti did in the J&K Assembly was deplorable. Further more, she does deserve punishment for her party’s role that could have destabilised the state government. The Governor has shown his utmost sagacity in not accepting the resignation of Mr Omar Abullah.

Maj BALDEV SINGH, Ambala Cantt

Ailing rural India

The father of the nation had strongly advocated the cause of the villages. Most of our political leaders, too, pretend to take up the cudgels on behalf of rural Indians, but only during election time. Thereafter, they forget all about them. So even today our villages lack proper sanitation, drinking water, electricity and education. Medical care continues to elude them and the state of villages in hill states is even worse.

Primary education lies in shambles. There is need to provide free education up to the plus-two level and vocational training for rural students.

O S KANWAR, Jaswan, Kangra

Check price rise

The Union Budget was presented in the name of “aam aadmi”. But today the middle-income families are angry with the UPA government because the hopes of the common people for a respite from skyrocketing prices have been belied. The salaried class is anguished by the incessant rise in the prices of vegetables, fruits, pulses, milk, rice, flour and other food items.

The government has failed to address the issue with seriousness. All the political parties are silent and are busy frittering away their time and energy on trivial matters. The common man wants his items of daily need at reasonable rates.

D V JOSHI, Bartana, Zirakpur

Education for all

The editorial “Mandate for education: Let not the law remain on paper” (July 22) rightly expressed apprehensions over the implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill as and when it becomes a law.

Indeed, mere passing of the law will not be a solution to the problem. Bringing underprivileged children, who are compelled to do odd jobs for a living, to schools would not be an easy task. The implementation of the law will require an iron will. Let us hope the law does not remain on paper or a promise.

B S BHATIA, Chandigarh

Maoist menace

The article “Unending Maoist menace–Fight it with a well-coordinated drive (July 27)” by Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta (retd) has aptly underlined the prevalent Naxal activities and suggested suitable measures to fight the Maoists.

Let us hope that the Centre and the affected state governments take cognisance of the concerns as enumerated by General Mehta. Otherwise, the Lalgarh episode may recur and India may have to pay a heavy price.

Commandant R S GURUNG (retd), Kangra

Restrain khaps

The editorial, “Who rules Haryana? — The law or the khaps?” (July 25) echoed the genuine concerns of civilised, educated and cultured people of the region. The barbaric lynching of Ved Pal Mor sends shivers down one’s spine. Besides, it has raised a million-dollar question, “Who rules Haryana?”

The incident should prick the conscience of the politicians of the prosperous state that seems to have been caught in the throes of a painful social change.

The neutral and indifferent postures of politicians towards this lawlessness into which Haryana has drifted are intriguingly connected with prospects of electoral gains in the forthcoming assembly elections. However, such defensive and escapist tactics do not add up to social reforms. Rather, they disappoint and demoralise the sane elements in society.




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