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START paves way for a safer world

The editorial, Reducing N-weapons: New START kindles hope for a safer world (Dec 27), rightly welcomes the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty by the American Senate that paves the way for its becoming operational in due course.

As this treaty is aimed at reducing the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, there is surely hope for a safer world in the days to come. This certainly is a welcome move towards a nuclear weapon-free world. Both Russia and the US will now have 1,500 nuclear weapons each instead of 2,200 each as per the 1991 treaty. The fact that both have agreed to reduce their nuclear arsenals, calls for appreciation.

Efforts should be made to eliminate nuclear weapons altogether from the planet. What is the idea of still keeping 1,500 nuclear weapons each by Russia and the US when just a few of these can create havoc and destroy the earth completely?

Other nuclear weapon states should also reduce their nuclear stockpiles considerably. In these days of terrorism the theft of such deadly weapons looms large on the world scene. There should be foolproof security arrangements wherever nuclear weapons are stored so that these do not fall into wrong hands. Serious efforts are required by the international community to force Iran and North Korea to give up their nuclear ambitions.

Pakistan and Israel are a serious threat to world peace. Special vigil needs to be maintained on their nuclear arsenals as they remain prone to undesirable elements. Surely no new country should be allowed to enter the nuclear weapons-race.

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh

Unwanted fuss

Kuldip Nayar’s article Fighting for PAC and JPC (Dec 27) was rational and realistic. Both the Congress and the BJP are equally responsible for endangering democracy in India and creating unnecessary fuss over PAC and JPC. Undoubtedly our present politics has been denigrated causing chaos in the country.

By denying JPC, the Congress is certainly behaving as if it has something to hide. Indeed, the general perception is that our entire system is rotten and all politicians in general are corrupt. In fact, no party wants to even hear about any reform in the electoral system. Really I am at loss to understand why government was so adamant in not accepting the JPC. Had the government accepted Opposition’s demand for JPC, the parliamentary proceedings would not have been disrupted.

Capt. S.K. DATTA, Abohar

Honour killings

It is tragic and horrifying that the elements that led to the death of Manoj and Babli are threatening the lives of Manoj’s sister Seema and her family. It is shocking that Seema who happens to be police constable is running for security from one superintendent of police to another.

The way she has been threatened in the Madhuban Police Academy and that too by a criminal makes one realise that how daring the criminals are and how weak the law and order machinery in Haryana is. The editorial “Height of insecurity; Honour killing aftermath continues” (Dec 29), should open the eyes of the Haryana police. They must provide security to Seema and her family. The tragic tale should not be repeated. 


Fight corruption

There have been heated discussions on corruption inside and outside Parliament as well as in the media. Political parties are levelling charges and counter charges.

Instead of accusing each other, political parties should set their house in order. Political parties should act according to the expectations of the public.

Corruption at the higher level sends a wrong signal to the lower level. In democracy, people are sovereign and elected representatives are rulers. They should live above suspicion and have a clean image. Until and unless corruption at higher and ministerial levels is removed, it cannot be removed at the lower level.

ANTAR SINGH KOHLI, A.G. Punjab (retd), Chandigarh

Food inflation

Unrelenting food inflation has proved to be the biggest headache both for the government and the people of India. Lately, the prices of vegetables, pulses, flour and rice have seen an upward trend that has been making the Congress-led UPA, already under attack for ever-rising corruption scams, extremely unpopular with the people. In a paper, released on December 27, titled, “Realising the Objective of Stabilised Inflation”, Indian Industry Chamber, Assocham forecast that there is no hope for relief from mounting inflation. The only solution is to boost supplies by putting pressure on hoarders to divert their stocks to the market, stop export of essential food items and to increase imports of food items in short supply.


Stop animal sacrifice

Taking cognisance of widespread sacrifice of animals in Himachal Pradesh, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has swung into action to firmly direct the state government to stop animal sacrifices carried out with impunity in the name of religion (news report, Stop animal sacrifice, government told”, Dec 27). Like the state government the AWBI too is guilty as it did not wake up earlier. One wonders how God can be pleased with gory killing of innocent animals?

Lord Mahavira preached that all living beings are fond of themselves and like pleasure, hate pain, shun destruction and want to live long. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Sacrifice of animals in the name of religion is a remnant of barbarism.” Jawaharlal Nehru said, “I think that sacrifices of animals in the name of religion are barbarous and they degrade the name of religion.”

The coming generation will condemn this section of society which practices animal sacrifices. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules 2001 mandate the slaughtering of animals only in recognised/licensed slaughter houses and an ante-mortem and post-mortem examination by a competent vet prior and after the slaughtering.

Animals are sacrificed with utter disregard to these rules. Law enforcement agencies and district administrations are lax on curbing this social evil of animal sacrifice, which no religion has ever advocated or preached. The AWBI needs to ensure that its instructions are followed.




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