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India’s interest must govern Indo-Pak ties

It appears that the ‘peace at any cost’ syndrome (article, Indo-Pak diplomacy — Balochistan: An ethnic cauldron by O P Sabherwal, Aug 4) is making us forget the ground realities. The statement that “the Pakistani army is greatly weakened” has no basis.

Another flawed statement is that “Pakistan is keen on pushing trade and economic assistance from India but seeks an alibi, viz. Kashmir”. The reality is that Pakistan has always spurned all overtures for opening up trade. Where is the connection between trade and Kashmir?

The security of the nation should not be jeopardised merely because an agenda needs to be pushed.

Lt-Gen VIJAY OBEROI, (retd), Panchkula



The genesis of insurgency in Balochistan is not even distantly connected with India. Pakistan has not provided any proof either. Regarding the mention of Balochistan in the joint Indo-Pak statement at Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Indian Prime Minister sought to allay the Opposition fears by spelling out the UPA government’s intent not to resume the dialogue until the accused of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack are brought to book by Pakistan. The Prime Minister of India showed admirable statesmanship by allowing the mention of Balochistan so that the whole world knows the truth.



The article has described the possible gains India can reap if it handles its present relationship with Pakistan well. India should pursue a path by which we can have a win-win relation with Pakistan. It will create a positive wave throughout South Asia. Trade, cultural exchange, knowledge sharing, understanding and linkages between institutions such as universities and the media will help usher in peace and prosperity in both countries.

S V MOURUGARAM, Karaikal, (Puducherry)

Stress-free education

Our education system should be stress-free and job-oriented. There should be no room for cramming and the focus should be on creativity at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels.

Some weak students are not able to carry heavy bags. After matriculation, students are invariably guided by their parents to choose a particular line. This is not the correct approach. We should judge the student’s IQ, interest and ability for further studies. Education is a lifelong process and must go beyond marks and grades. So it is time to make education stress-free.


Fight corruption

The editorial, The corroded frame (July 15) aptly described the degradation prevailing in our bureaucracy. However, corruption is not a one-way game. There is a taker and a giver of bribe. There is lack of public interest, determination and enthusiasm to fight the menace of corruption that has seeped into our polity. From the highest echelon of power it has percolated down to the grassroots level. Corruption has a wide network.


Khap terror

Khap panchayats have been meting out injustice in the name of protecting social values. In the light of recent events, the entire law and order machinery is standing as a mute spectator. In the 21st century, there should no place for orthodox and rigid khap panchayats. It is time to check their self-styled functioning. Khaps should be dealt with sternly and under no circumstances should be allowed to take the law into their hands.


Rising prices

The editorial Prices and tempers soar (July 30) rightly analysed the reasons behind surge in prices of pulses, sugar, vegetables and food grains. All these commodities have become so costly, that they are out of the reach of “aam admi”. The good old phrase “Daal roti khao, Prabhu ke gun gaao” seems to have become irrelevant in today’s scenario.

The common man is baffled by the government claims on the rate of inflation. Lack of proper storage, which leads to wastage and pilferage of precious food grains has also contributed to price rise. We should be well stocked to face drought or floods. Accurate weather forecasting, too, can do wonders.


Jails turn guesthouses 

The editorial Jails or guest houses? (Aug 5) was a piercing satire on our jails. Is it not an irony of fate that many of our VIP criminals are treated as state guests and have easy access to all type of amenities in our jails that have been converted into guesthouses for their convenience? Rampant corruption among jail officials and guards is the sole cause of this mess. Surely, nothing can happen without their blessings.

Frequent interventions of the court fail to bring about any significant change, as the cancer of corruption has spread in the administration, be it at the Centre or the states. We can set our house right only by purging corrupt officials through exemplary punishment.

Capt. S K DATTA, Abohar



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