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Talks with Hillary Clinton constructive

Hillary’s tryst with Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata was aimed at getting the Chief Minister change her views on FDI retail. Hopefully, the talks with Mamata Banerjee were fruitful as told by her and we expect a common understanding benefiting both nations.

Hillary’s Delhi rendezvous was like an elixir after a bitter pill. We fully corroborate on her stand that Pakistan has been a breeding ground for terror. She claimed that Pakistani-based LeT founded by Hafiz Saeed was the architect of plotting the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. It is important for India and America to conjoin its military forces and implode the Pakistani terror islands which serve as havens for the mujahideen.

Afghanistan, the country that abuts Pakistan, has a positive correlation with terrorism. The country which has been plundered for years by the Taliban has a total brainwash. This country, literally, has no future without American meddling. India has provided heavy fundings to Afghanistan and is a devoted ally of the US.

She mentioned that India has a parallel view with America and we both want that Iran must abolish its nuke plans. India imports 12 per cent of its total oil requirements from Iran. A debacle in Indo-Iran liaison would be a financial catastrophe for us.

Hilary’s gestures became a substitute for substance. She tried to play the ‘scaremonger figure’ between India and Iran and failed miserably. India isn’t a political pawn to be sacrificed to make America happy. India must weigh its priorities with Iran and America on the diplomatic weigh beam so that the compromise needle points at the beneficial middle position. The talks were constructive and we expect propitious liaisons with all.

KANISHKA PATHAK, Dhanbad, Jharkhand

Ambedkar’s efforts

It has rightly been said by Kuldip Nayar in his article “Ignored cause of Dalit uplift” that the mindset of the Hindus is responsible for atrocities against Dalits which should be changed. Many eminent Hindu leaders requested Dr Ambedkar not to convert to Budhism. He then asked that words indicative of caste and inequalities be dropped from the holy scriptures, but no one could give proper reply.

Dr Ambedkar tried his best to change the mind of Hindus but in vain. He launched many satyagrahas like taking water from Chavadar ponds at Mahad in Maharashtra; entering the Kalaram Mandir in Nasik; Manu Smriti was put to fire at Yewla but in vain.

On May 30, 1936, he convened a meeting of untouchables and declared that man is not for religion but religion is for man. He further declared that he was born a Hindu but shall not die as Hindu. He questioned the congregation that why you should remain in such a religion which does not allow you to enter into the temples, which does not treat you as human beings, which does  not allow you to take proper education and good food to eat.

Taking a cue from some other countries, from 1855 to 1870 when feudalistic society in Japan was in the process of converting to a democratic society, there  were four major communities -- Domino, Samurai, Hamin and Eta. Domino was at the top, and the Eta was at the nadir in hierarchy. On March 5, 1869 Domino submitted to the King that they were no longer interested in retaining the land hoardings which should be distributed amongst the Etas.

Slavery was abolished in America mainly due to efforts of white people. Many white people were killed for the cause of Negroes in America.

These are some examples of the change of mindset of the people of the upper strata of society in those countries.

RK Poria, Delhi

Army Chief’s visit

When Army Chief Gen VK Singh visited Ludhiana on April 29, he talked on various subjects like one rank, one pension; CSD canteen facilities; civilians in defence services. Civilians in defence services, etc. on retirement are entitled to the status of ex-servicemen, so they must be entitled to CSD Canteen facility and other facilities available to ex-servicemen. Representations on these issues have been under consideration with the Army Headquarters since long. Unfortunately, the outgoing Army Chief did not touch these issues concerning the Defence Services Civilian Pensioners. We request the the Army Chief to visit Jalandhar Cantonment and give an opportunity to the Jalandhar zone of the Defence Services Civilian Pensioners’ Welfare Association to clear and explain these issues.


Good work undone

The Punjab Prisons Minister has erred immensely by withholding the DGP's order transferring 100 odd jail wardens found suspicious of abetting drug trafficking in the jails. It requires immediate attention of the judiciary who should demand records of all police personnel suspected of abetting this crime. The jail minister is hell bent on protecting them out of political compulsions. Punjab's youth is already ruined. .Without political and police patronage, drug mafia cannot operate without impunity. Let everybody rise above party politics and personal agendas to save the state’s youth from the drugs dragon. Will Mr Parkash Singh Badal please intervene?

B B GOYAL, Ludhiana

Clearing social mess

Voters are to be squarely blamed for electing tainted politicians and the political parties must share the blame which give tickets to tainted leaders. Their compulsion is that most of them are corrupt. The judiciary is doing a commendable job although the whole process is long but investigating agencies are not transparent and independent.

The social media (Internet/ Facebook/ Twitter) is rendering a good service by increasing social awareness on issues the nation is facing today.

The public should demand special fast track courts to try politicians. The hostile witnesses who retract their statements should be severely dealt with and sentenced to minimum five-year imprisonment.




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