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Be vigilant against terror attacks

This refers to the editorial, “Blasts again in Mumbai” (July 15). Mumbai seems to have become a favourite playground for terrorists. Once again they have struck mercilessly killing 20 innocent people and injuring 113, of which 23 are reported to be in a critical condition. Our intelligence agencies have once again failed to prevent the attacks. India as a State seems to be soft and vulnerable to such sudden terrorist attacks. Three blasts carried out in a well-planned manner speak volumes about the dangerous designs of bloodthirsty and heartless enemies of our nation.

These powerful explosions were clearly meant to create a large-scale panic among the common people in the financial capital of India. We must gear up our different intelligence wings on a war footing and the usual lack of co-ordination between them must be removed without any further delay.

The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be tracked down and we needn’t mollycoddle them like we have done in the recent past. The enemies of our dear motherland deserve no mercy. We must rigorously train select anti-terrorist squads with the help of our Army and deploy them at all crowded places in our big cities. We must also remain vigilant round the clock every day.



The editorial, “Blasts again in Mumbai” (July 15), quite correctly underlines the soft nature of our State. Terrorist groups, be it Indian Mujahideen or Lashker-e-Toiba, have time and again demonstrated that they can strike at will. In recent years Mumbai has often been a target, as any terrorist attack here gets worldwide media attention.

Our country is a soft target because of our inefficient police. If somehow it manages to arrest a terrorist, our system is such that it takes decades before delivering a verdict, and finally even if a terrorist is given a capital punishment, our political leaders waste several years in deciding mercy petitions, all the time thinking about how much damage it will cause to their vote bank!

If terrorists like Afzal Guru are hanged within days of the present attack, it will send a strong message to the terrorists, and India will shed its image of a soft State. A terrorist has no religion. A person, who kills innocent citizens, has no right to live. Our Parliament should enact new laws to deal with terrorists so that they cannot benefit from the existing loopholes in our laws.

However, our political masters do not seem to have the will to take strong action against terrorists. No political leader except the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers of states should be given any special security. If the common people, whom they represent, are not safe, why should the public exchequer spend money on security and safety of political leaders?

ARUN HASTIR, Babehali (Gurdaspur)


Mumbaikars need to be applauded for keeping their cool despite becoming targets of repeated terrorist attacks (editorial, “Maximum restraint”, July 16).

The editorial says that the government has been very cautious while issuing statements pertaining to the incident. Since preliminary investigations have not revealed much, there is no need to point a finger at Pakistan. But Rahul Gandhi could have restrained himself from making irresponsible statements. As for Digvijay Singh, he cannot be stopped from making wild remarks.

BJP leader LK Advani should not have criticised the government at a time when the focus is on investigations. This is the time for the entire nation to support the police and investigators.

One will do well to let the city come to terms with the tragedy. We must show that we can defeat the terrorists.

The government should tell the nation what measures were taken after 26/11 to prevent such attacks. Why could we not prevent Wednesday’s attacks?

Besides the issue of corruption, we have to put pressure on the government to take firm steps to prevent terror attacks in future.


Rights violations

This refers to the editorial, “Domestic abuse: Stop sexual and physical violence against women” (July 18). Violence against women needs to be condemned by one and all.

In modern conflicts the nature of war has changed. Villages have become the battleground, splitting communities along racial, religious and ethnic lines. Most of the people who die in modern conflicts are not soldiers but civilians, and many of these are women. Violence against women by their partners is prevalent throughout the world.

Besides domestic abuse, other serious crimes like rape and female foeticide are showing an upward trend in India. India has already been declared the fourth dangerous place for women in the world. In fact, violence against women is not a myth but a reality.  Everyday the front pages of newspapers are full of incidents of violence in general and violence against women in particular.   Domestic violence is a violation of human rights and it is one of the major causes of lack of development of women in all fields.

No doubt, we have enacted laws to protect women against exploitation, but there has been no real progress.  Our planners and administrators should take a realistic view of the role of women in society. Everybody has to be proactive and only then violence against women can be curbed.


A chance to interact with relatives 

The middle, “ Summer guests!” (July 8) by Manika Ahuja, made me go down memory lane. I also belong to Shimla and have received many guests during summers. In the parlance of the people of Shimla, it was commonly known that there were three falls in Shimla, namely snowfall, rainfall and “guestfall”! In those days and even now, coolies would carry the luggage, and the moment we saw a coolie coming towards our house, we would run excitedly to our mother and announce, “Some more guests!”

While it was exciting for me as a child, it must have been a problem for my parents. However, the advantage for us was that we could interact with many of our cousins and family friends because they were the “summer guests”.




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