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Centre, states must defeat terrorism

It is commendable that the Chief Ministers of different states, irrespective of the party to which they belong, have stood up as one in defence of the security of the nation (editorial, “Security — a national concern: Centre, states to fight for it together”, Feb 9).

It is heartening to learn that a realisation has dawned on the Centre and the states that they have to be together to defeat the monster of terrorism from within and outside. Surely, the Naxal terror and cross border terrorism have played havoc with the security of the nation.

The states should convey vital local information to the Centre which in turn must take swift and effective action with the help of the state security forces along with the Central forces. The divisive forces have been impeding the development process in various states and are misguiding the youth. Peace is must for the development of the nation.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

In the line of duty

The nation mourns the tragic death of 17 brave Army men in an avalanche at Khilanmarg in the upper reaches of Gulmarg. Army posts in such strategic stations are a necessity from the defence point of view to stall nefarious designs of the enemy. The inclement weather conditions and the hazardous nature of the trek are themselves formidable, but the sudden drift of the avalanche sealed the fate of these brave men while on national duty.

Their sacrifices are notable. They died so that we may live in peace. The rescue teams of the Army and the local police did a remarkable job in saving the lives of many jawans, disregarding their personal safety. We bow our heads before these brave Army jawans. The media should highlight their brave deeds.

ARK PILLAI, Gaborone, Botswana  

Indo-Pak peace

Let peace have a robust chance. India being a bigger and a more resourceful nation should walk an extra mile and extend the hand of friendship and not get stuck in the groove of 26/11. Dr Manmohan Singh is a man of vision and can emulate his illustrious predecessors like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in giving a new and dynamic shape to India’s foreign policy commensurate with it’s emerging economic and strategic profile.

India can realise her dream of becoming a superpower parallel to China only if she could have Pakistan on board as an equal, trusting, respectable and enduring partner. The Kashmir imbroglio and other festering issues can be solved to mutual satisfaction if statesmanship and not jingoism is employed on both sides.

India and Pakistan are standing on the cusp of history. They just require a nudge towards peace which will lead to the economic well-being of both countries.


Bt brinjal debate

Much noise is being made on Bt brinjal issue. As I am a farmer I can say that Bt brinjal, would be safer than normal brinjal. In northern India one cannot grow the brinjal crop without spraying harmful and poisonous insecticides to save the crop from fruit and shoot borers.

When many developed countries are growing Bt brinjal, why is India creating so much fuss?


Make Goa safe

This refers to the recent happenings in Goa which has sullied our image as a hospitable nation (editorial, “Bad reputation”, Feb 1). Our Asian neighbours, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore run their tourism industry with professional competence.

Goa is a fine tourist spot. Its government must restructure its administrative structure to ensure the safety of tourists. Goa must decide whether it is serious about being a top tourist destination.

R NARAYANAN, Ghaziabad 

Corrupt bureaucrats

The editorial “Tainted babus” (Feb 9) has exposed the ever-increasing corruption in the bureaucracy and rightly stressed that the government should rationalise laws to enforce transparency and accountability in public administration.

The recovery of bags full of unaccounted money is just a tip of the iceberg as corruption is far more deep-rooted. The moot question is who will catch the corrupt officers? Actually, political corruption is at the root of corruption in the country. So until and unless there is radical change in the mindset of our politicians nothing is going to change except that an occasional catch will discredit governance.


More reservations for women

The general elections to municipalities and panchayati raj institutions are scheduled in Haryana in April. However, the Hooda government has taken no initiative till date to enact legislation to provide for 50 per cent reservation of seats in the urban and rural local bodies for women. Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, etc already have done so.

The UPA government has also introduced the Constitution amendment Bills in the winter session of 2009 for increasing the quota of women in panchayati raj institutions and the urban local bodies from 33 to 50 per cent. Once the Bill is passed, it would be applicable throughout the country.

But if coming elections in Haryana are conducted with the present 33 per cent reservations, the new provision would be applicable only after five years. The Hooda government can pass legislation or promulgate an ordinance in this regard so that greater participation of women can be effected for the ensuing elections. At the same time, suitable steps should be taken for making the elected women representatives more aware so that they are fully competent to manage their posts independently without assistance of their spouses.

HEMANT KUMAR, Advocate, Ambala City



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