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Nuclear threat real

Apropos Raj Chengappa’s article “When India was threatened with nukes” (Ground Zero, August 26), it is true that nuclear capabilities of nations act as a deterrent. But with regard to Pakistan, which has a rather fragile set-up, it is a potent threat. The forces “controlling” Pakistan range from the US to powerful extremist outfits. Nuclear weapons in the hands of radicals or suicide attackers would wreak havoc. India will be at the maximum risk. The US and other countries should impose sanctions on nuclear programmes in Pakistan and the IAEC should monitor the developments.

Sanjeev, Fatehabad


The deterrent theory suffers from a serious flaw. There is always the risk of human error in case of a war, which might trigger nuclear conflagration. Recently, a terrorist group attacked a Pakistan army post that stored some nuclear weapons. The attempt failed, but what if it had succeeded and more follow? Some countries have such huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons that the world can be destroyed several times over. Global nuclear disarmament is the key.

DR Chaudhry, Rohtak

Vows alone won’t do

Apropos “Sarpanches vow to fight female foeticide” (August 26), occasional seminars for sarpanches and young girls in schools and mere oath taking are not sufficient. A determined effort has to be made by the judiciary, legislatures, state governments and the media to check this menace. NGOs and senior citizens should be roped in. Seminars should be organised in villages for men and women who are on the threshold of matrimony.

Rajinder Kumar Arora, Kurukshetra

Pedestrian-friendly cities

Pedestrian safety is a matter of concern in cities with dense traffic (“Pedestrian problems”, Spectrum, August 26). A data should be compiled on pedestrian volume; crash and safety related information; facilities available; and features like width of footpaths and lighting of streets. Roads must have curbs and ramp walks. Pedestrian crossings and wider sidewalks will help. Main roads with houses facing one another do not have footpaths, instead house owners have extended their lawns. Construction of foot overbridges will go a long way towards pedestrian and commuter safety. It will reduce road fatalities.

Vineet Kapoor, Panchkula

Screen idols

Reference to “Celebrities as role models” (Spectrum, August 26), actors must behave in a socially responsible manner both off and on screen. Film stars and cricketers are public figures and role models for the masses, who ape their way of living and dressing style. It is the moral duty of the film fraternity at large not to show objectionable scenes or foul language as it can scar impressionable minds.

Mahesh Kapasi, Delhi

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