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Destroy Taliban’s stronghold in Afghanistan

The editorial The Kabul killings: Taliban attack on Indians by design (March 1) has rightly suggested the destruction of the Taliban’s stronghold for ensuring durable peace in Afghanistan. Yet another audacious attack in the heart of Kabul has indeed shown that the ground situation in Afghanistan is far from safe. The Taliban still have the capacity to hit their target at their chosen place and time. 

Though other foreigners were also killed in the attack, India seems to be the prime target. As mentioned in the editorial, the Taliban and Pakistan perceive the good work being done by India in various sectors as a threat and a challenge to their influence and supremacy in Afghanistan. They are, therefore, overtly or covertly joining hands and planning grisly acts to force India out of the country.

Pakistan considers war-ravaged Afghanistan as its colony for promoting its strategic interests and the region to the exclusion of other neighbouring countries, especially India.

In the modern world, like any country, Afghanistan too wants to be its own master and have friendly relations with all nations. Pakistan, therefore, needs to accept and treat India as another well-wisher of Afghanistan and not a rival or competitor in any respect. Pakistan has enough exclusive space for doing its own bit for the rehabilitation and development of Afghanistan.

  HEMA, Langeri, Hoshiarpur


The editorial has rightly concluded that the Marjah-type operation should have been undertaken much earlier to drive the Taliban forces out. The Taliban perceives India as their enemy even though India is engaged in development activities in Afghanistan. The world is looking forward to the operations of the US and NATO forces. Targets should be planned meticulously. The time is ripe for the operation to succeed.


Word power

PC Sharma’s middle, Words that rule (Feb 26) has justly accentuated the importance of words. The power of words is indeed unlimited. They can make and change history, ensure freedom, make slaves, determine victory or even defeat for that matter. Right words at the right moment and place can create magic.

Acquiring the art of using words to one’s advantage or getting the desired effects might require a lot of deliberation and concentration on one’s part. Gradually one can become an expert in this skill. Sometimes even the ‘unsaid’ words show marvellous results. The famous Chinese philosopher, Confucius has remarked, “Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.”


Hockey victory

India’s 4-1 thrashing of archrivals Pakistan in the first match of the Hockey World Cup is indeed  heart-warming. Hockey matches between India and Pakistan have invariably been a battle of nerves. Pakistan’s team has always been mentally tougher.

Unfortunately, often India has not exhibited the killer instinct. But in this game, India had the rare psychological upper hand. Pakistan showed some glimpses of brilliance in the second half. The Indian team deserves heartiest congratulations.


Railway accidents

The safety standards of Indian railways leave much to be desired. That is why accidents occur frequently.There are both human and mechanical failures. Railways should be run professionally and competitively. There cannot be any compromise on safety.


Respect seniors

The middle Many facets of relationships by Ajay Kumar Sharma (Feb 15) was like a whiff of fresh air. In today’s society, where there is cutthroat competition, backbiting and leg pulling among officials, the author’s heart- felt sentiments for his senior Harry is a rare gesture and deserves kudos. The author has expressed open admiration for his senior’s professionalism which is rare.

We often make unjustified and adverse remarks about our superiors out of frustration or to gain cheap popularity. Sometimes we try to bypass their authority to satisfy our ego. We should have the courtesy of having true respect for our seniors and lead juniors by example.

The middle also has an important message that, knowledge is power, which is respected by all. Last but not the least, respect is commanded, not demanded.




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