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Peaceful dissent is not a crime

This refers to the article, “ Anna Hazare’s agenda” (August 10). The writer, S Nihal Singh, has tried to act like a spokesperson of the Congress. Batteries of them regularly appear on TV to display their party’s arrogance. They conceal facts to misguide the nation so as to build their party’s image.

The writer has criticised Anna Hazare for raising his voice against the political establishment. By his standards, all freedom fighters, who raised their voice against the British rule, were criminals.

The writer should understand that to raise the voice of dissent might be criminal as laid down in law books, but that was the only way to bring wrongdoers on the right track. So long as the voice of dissent was raised in a peaceful manner, it should not be portrayed as nonsense or criminal.

Dr TIRATH GARG, Ferozepur

The Kashmir issue

This refers to the news item, “Advani blames Nehru family for J-K problem” (June 27). According to Advani, the Kashmir problem was the result of “lack of courage” on the part of Nehru. However, the facts speak otherwise.

Tribesmen, led by Pakistani Army officers, entered J & K towards the end of October 1947, and the first batch of the Indian Army landed in Srinagar on October 28, 1947. After about two months, Pakistan’s regular troops joined the war. The war continued for about one year and two months, as the ceasefire came into being on January 1, 1949.

During this period, the Indian Army cleared almost the whole of Kashmir, Ladakh and a major part of Jammu. According to Lt-Gen LP Sen (the first Brigadier at that time to land with his brigade in Srinagar), towards the end of the war, there was virtual stalemate, as India did not have more resources to fully eject the Pakistani invaders. Field Marshall Sir Claud Ackenluck, who was the commander-in-chief of the undivided Indian Army, opines in his book pertaining to that period, “The advance of the Indian Army slowed down in the snowy mountains of the Himalayas, and ultimately came to a halt.”

It may be an overstatement, but it points towards the ground reality. So, in this situation, ceasefire was a right decision. Advani puts the blame on Indira Gandhi for missing the opportunity to liberate the whole of Kashmir during the 1971 war. This assertion is also not based on facts. The aim of the Bangladesh war was to defeat the Pakistan Army in East Pakistan, and this aim was remarkably achieved in the shortest possible time. Our political leaders, sometimes, ignore the facts of history while criticising their opponents.

VP Mehta, Chandigarh

Delhi LG clarifies

There are certain basic anomalies in an item published on page 3 in the Delhi edition of your newspaper dated August 7, 2011, under the headline “CAG talks of LG’s role in CWG work” (it was an IANS report). The basic issue is that the DDA does not mean the Lt-Governor of Delhi. The Lt-Governor is only the ex-officio Chairperson of the DDA, who chairs Authority meetings while the Executive Head is the Vice-Chairman, who is responsible for taking on-going executive decisions with the help of other senior functionaries.

The CAG report explicitly does not mention Lt-Governor but at several places in your report in the newspaper it has been wrongly constructed to be the Lt-Governor for each and  every decision taken by the DDA, which is absolutely wrong and  needs correction.

It has been stated that the Lt-Governor wanted the Delhi Police to persist with the TETRA communication system even after the Games. In this context, it is submitted that the TETRA communication system is the best secured, end-to-end encrypted communication system which is presently being used by more than 141 countries across the world.

VINOD GUPTA, Information Officer, Lt-Governor’s Secretariat, Delhi

Hang adulterators

I was delighted to read the news item, “Now, law to nail adulterators” (August 8). Buyers have been empowered to take samples, get those samples tested and lodge complaint for prosecution of those accused.

The law also fixes, unlike in the past, the time limit for prosecution after a complaint has been lodged with the food inspector. Trial has to begin within a year from the date of commission of offence. But the question is, why has such a long time been given to the criminals? Why should the trial not begin within a week? Moreover, the law must be made very strong because an adulterator is an enemy of the society. Such a person should be hanged.

Here it is pertinent to point out that a single person may be a victim of lethargy. Therefore, consumer groups should be allowed to handle any case of adulteration till it reaches its conclusion.




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