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Don’t allow police to be sitting ducks

It seems we all are sitting ducks for terrorists as there is a lame duck government in the country (editorial, “Policemen as sitting ducks-Sheer incompetence in the set-up”, Feb 18). It appears that we talk more and act less to contain the acts of terror. The way the camp in West Bengal was overrun shows the police was under-equipped to face any potential deadly assault. It was literally caught napping. The bumbling and fumbling state government has no answer as to why it could not anticipate and thwart the attack knowing fully well that the Maoists are active in the area.

On the other hand, the Pune blast has again shown that the terrorists can choose their own time and place to hit the target. They seem to have a free run of this city. Not unexpectedly, like the West Government, its Maharashtrian counterpart was also clueless about the blast and shifted the blame on the so-called vague intelligence received from the Centre.

Instead of indulging in the blame game, the state governments and the Centre must rise in unison and get cracking to save the nation from the ever increasing scourge of terrorism by improving intelligence collection and dissemination skills and updating the weaponry of the police. 

The much-awaited police reforms also need to be undertaken without further delay. 

HEMA,Langeri, Hoshiarpur


The editorial has aptly exposed the bankruptcy of the leadership, training and motivation of the West Bengal police force. It is shameful and shocking that jawans of the Eastern Frontier Rifles stationed in the police camp supposed to protect local people were either in the kitchen or ‘relaxing’ when the Maoists attacked the police camp. They didn’t put up any fight.

How could the local people expect any protection from such police personnel? The DGP should be shown the door immediately for his mindless statement.

It has been rightly observed in the editorial: “The Left Front is also guilty of politicising the uniformed force, vitiating the recruitment process…….Wearing the uniform alone cannot prevent Bengal policemen from becoming sitting ducks for Maoists.”


Poisonous paints  

The editorial “Poison in paints” (Feb 19) was apt and in the interest of public welfare. Stringent measures should be adopted to check lead levels in paints. Often we compromise with our health and buy substandard products.

Manufacturing of paints with high content of lead should be banned and rules should be framed to blacklist companies violating such rules. People playing with the lives of the others should be taken to task. Hazards of use of such chemicals should be made known to all.

KAILASH GARG, Chandigarh

Deter corrupt babus

The editorial “Tainted babus” (Feb 9) highlighted the extent of corruption among bureaucrats. Unfortunately, their unholy nexus with politicians helps them to escape punishment.

If the conscientious and the right-thinking people take upon themselves the job of exposing such corrupt wrongdoers, by collecting evidence through the RTI Act, the fear of being caught shall always haunt and hover over the corrupt babus and shall certainly act as a deterrent.


Secret of happiness

Making others happy is the surest way of getting happiness (Harish Dhillon’s middle, “A life well lived”, Feb 16). Conscience is our best guide and we must pay heed to its voice. Each one of us belongs to society first and must do our bit for its betterment.

ADITYA N CHOPRA, Kurukshetra

Dialogue is better

India deserves accolades for taking a significant step to initiate dialogue with Pakistan to improve bilateral relations (H K Dua’s front-page editorial, “The importance of taking a small step”, Feb 10).

Apparently, India has been bearing the brunt of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism but action against terrorists should not be linked to the composite dialogue and the future of negotiations should not be held hostage to the perception that Pakistan has not done enough to stop terrorist activities on its soil. At the same time, India’s act of extending its hand towards Pakistan should not be perceived as abject surrender.

In fact, the people on either side of the border cherish a sincere and realistic desire to come together on all fronts since they share a common heritage, history and geography. People’s wishes ought to be respected. The leadership in Pakistan will have to change its mindset and stop harping on Kashmir. Now that India has taken the initiative to renew the dialogue with Pakistan, it should reciprocate.

I fully endorse Mr Dua’s views that tackling issues across the table is better than resorting to invectives and rhetoric that fan greater distrust and foul up the entire atmosphere. So without scoring brownie points in public, negotiations should be given priority. Therein lies the welfare of the two nations.




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