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Let 26/11 never be repeated

Indeed, one year is far too short a period to lessen the horror of the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai (editorial, “One year after 26/11”, Nov 27). Wounds remain and so do concerns. The images of the horrific events that unfolded in the city of Mumbai will be etched in our memories forever.

The country has suffered many terrorist attacks but the 26/11 Mumbai attack was the worst, not just because of the high death toll, but because of the sheer magnitude of the operation. India’s financial capital was held hostage by terrorists for over 60 hours. As expected, Pakistan has turned a blind eye to bring the perpetrators to book. This is a failure of not just India but the whole world that it cannot make a rogue nation mend its ways.

Such incidents happen because of the badly fragmented response of the world community to such dastardly acts. There is no denying the fact that 26/11 attacks showed gaping holes in India’s intelligence apparatus, the unpreparedness of its security forces to respond to such situations and the utter ineptitude of the political establishment.

As we reflect on how 26/11 has changed us all, perhaps it is time we recognised Pakistan’s single-point agenda of hostility against India. The public mood in India is such that if any such foolhardy attempt is made again, it may indeed lead to a full-fledged war and it will have to pay a heavy price for such a misadventure. Those plotting to make India bleed from a thousand cuts will do well to think of the consequences.

DILBAG RAI, Chandigarh

True visionary

Very few people are as clear in thinking while they write and when they speak as the Editior-in-Chief, The Tribune, HK Dua. He speaks on a wide spectrum of issues without fear or favour. He has a clear vision on what ails India.

In fact in an editorial he touches only on one topic but it is a treat to listen to him as he covers many issues. His nomination to the Rajya Sabha will lend voice to the silent suffering majority of our population which is very close to his heart, as is often reflected in his editorials.


Learn lessons

The Babri Masjid demolition and Sikh riots are dark chapters of the Indian history. The government and the people of India must learn a lesson from their mistakes and ensure that such misdeeds are not repeated. But it seems that every minor issue is now politicised, especially in the name of religion and now even regionalism.

The media, especially electronic, too, is responsible for making a hue and cry on trivial issues. A separate law providing exemplary punishment for misuse of religion, caste, etc, for political gains is suggested by the Liberhan Commission report. It must include misuse of regionalism too. 


Fertilizer use

The fertilizer use per unit area is very high in Punjab. This is because of two reasons i.e. subsidy on fertilizer purchase and ignorance among farmers about the need-based use of fertilizers.

Farmers should get their soil and crop plants tested for essential nutrients and make need-based fertilizer applications. This will save them extra expenditure besides checking the harmful effects on the health of soil and groundwater.


Independent views

Mr HK Dua is right in saying that nominated Rajya Sabha members should not join a political party and they should give their views independently (news report, “ Nominated RS member should not join a political party: HK Dua” by Prashant Sood, Nov 30).

As a rule, those who join the political party after nomination start speaking the language of the party and lose their identity. Independent views and opinions are in the best interest of the country and should not be suppressed.

His views on the role of the media, too, are praiseworthy.

HARISH K MONGA, Ferozepore City

Slaves of machines

Modern world is technology driven. Technological marvels — products and services — have captivated the world. It is true that machines have made our lives simpler but on the other hand the mechanised existence has made us lazy and inactive. This has affected our physical fitness adversely. Today’s generation has become a slave of machines and is completely dependent upon machines.

Complete dependency on machines is not good and efforts must be made to change our attitude. Physical work helps us remain fit and active.


Gorkhas face identity crisis

Besides stressing upon the formation of Gorkhaland, there is need to dwell on the general perception of clubbing the Indian Gorkhas with the Nepali Gorkhas deeply accentuating the identity crisis facing the Indian Gorkhas (article, “Is Gorkhaland possible?” by Maj-Gen Ashok K. Mehta, Nov 23).

The Indian Gorkha community has to bear with being branded a foreigner and treated as second-class citizens in all walks of life in their motherland.

The Gorkhas were once known for honesty, patriotism and bravery. However, ironically, the word Gorkha has become a derogatory remark both among the media and the general public. The government should have a policy to end the identity crisis being faced by the law-abiding members of the Gorkha community.


Control prices

The prices of all essential commodities, including pulses, sugar, vegetables and foodgrains, are rising (editorial, “Politics over price rise: Government needs to tackle it”, Nov28). There is an urgent need to control prices.

The Prime Minister of India had assured that the prices of the essential commodities would be kept under control. There is need for the Centre and state governments to work together against hoarders.

The government should think of the common man’s woes. The ruling party and the Opposition should work out a strategy to check price rise. The Centre has sufficient storage capacity. Only action at the proper time is required.

M L GARG, via e-mail



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