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UPA inaction emboldens Pakistan

How long will we accept this kind of barbarism being perpetrated on our soldiers by Pakistani soldiers and terrorists? Sadly, the UPA has failed miserably to check such attacks and take retaliatory action against Pakistan. It is the UPA's inaction that emboldens Pakistan to perpetrate terror attacks against India. Still, the Congress is hoping of winning in the 2014 general election.

If the government keeps on maintaining this kind of unfortunate attitude towards the armed forces, it will force them to resolve this issue differently. Given the UPA’s insensitivity, the Army will have to think of its own ways and means to protect its “izzat” and soldiers.

LT-COL I V S KANG (RETD), Panchkula

Teach them a lesson

Pakistan has once again resorted to a highly provocative misadventure in which five Indian Army jawans were killed. The Pakistan government, as usual, has denied its involvement in the killings. There is no denying the fact that without the army and their intelligence agencies' active support, a platoon of armed personnel could not have dared intrude into Indian territory and attack our soldiers.

The screams of near and dear ones of those killed will remain unheard in the corridors of power. To alleviate the anger of the bereaved parents, the government must teach Pakistan a lesson so that it dare not allow its disruptive forces to enter Indian territory.


Take strong action

It has been seen that as and when the Pakistani army and terrorists attack Indian soldiers, our government tries to sideline the “shahadat” of our jawans. They are performing their duty day and night, enabling us to have a peaceful life and sleep.

Moreover, the issue will be debated for a few days by our leaders and then forgotten. The Indian government should take strong action against Pakistan. It is time to teach Pakistan a lesson otherwise it would destroy our peace.

V K SHARMA, Ferozepur

Unfortunate remark

The killing of five Indian soldiers by Pakistan near the Sarla post is nothing but back-stabbing. This attack will certainly cast aspersions on the success of any peace talks and good relations between the two countries. What is more disheartening is the unfortunate remark of the defence minister delivered in the Lok Sabha. This remark has caused embarrassment to the whole country. Taking advantage of this remark, Pakistan has denied its hand in the attack. The lack of political will and leaders' careless attitude encourage a failed and hapless state like Pakistan to take provocative steps against our Army. Now the time has come for our politicians to get inspiration from Lal Bahadur Shastri and give a fitting reply to Pakistan.


Omnipresent corruption

In the article 'Erosion of public faith' (July 19) Kuldip Nayar has rightly said that the nation's problem is how to reignite the spirit of probity, confidence and idealism. Given widespread corruption in government institutions, well-to-do people have not contributed to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. There have been ample examples in the past when food stuff and clothing sent by people and non-governmental agencies never reached the affected or delayed. Now the public has totally lost their faith in Central and state governments.


Higher education

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched Rashtriya Uchchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) to strengthen higher education. RUSA wants to provide greater autonomy to the universities and colleges. It aims to cover 316 state universities and 13,024 colleges across the country and emphasis will be on the teaching-learning process to improve the quality of education at graduation, post-graduation and Ph.D levels. Earlier, there was a yearly examination system which is converted into the semester and credit-based one with RUSA. This newly introduced system will affect both teachers and students equally. Both have to act patiently and put in efforts to cope with the new system.

According to the RUSA document, if a student earns more than 120 credits in the whole course, he will be awarded double major in a particular subject which he has chosen as his major subject and in case he gets less than 120 credits then he will get diploma in the major subject. But lack of infrastructure, admission seats limitation, non-availability of teachers and complexity of the time-table have forced the students to agitate  against RUSA.


Telangana: A bold step

This refers to the editorial ‘Telangana as a state’ (August 1). The Congress party has taken a bold step by recommending the formation of new state of Telangana. As states like Andhra Pradesh are too large, it was getting difficult for the present dispensation to well look after it. In other words, sheer largeness of some states is the main reason for their backwardness. Therefore, these states should either be split up or divided into semi independent zones with well accomplished sub-capitals containing a bench of the high court.

Moreover, each zone should have its own budget and selection board/commission. The first alternative is definitely better provided the division of assets is an easy job. The other alternative could be the division of a state into zones initially for a period of 10 years and then convert into separate smaller states. The government would do well to subdivide bigger states into separate zones under the overall administration of the state Assembly. The right size of a monolithic state for good governance is a composition of 150 MLAs or 15 MPs, constituencies. This step will also lead to decongestion of the existing overcrowded capital cities like Mumbai and Ahmedabad.




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