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A tested friend

Reference to "New brothers in arms" by Ajay Banerjee (Sunday Tribune, Oct 27), there is no harm in making new friends, but we should not forget time-tested old friends. Russia has supported India in all strategic and other affairs of international importance, be it in the United Nations or elsewhere. Our tactical requirements are largely met by Russia. Our defence forces are trained in the weapon systems provided by Russians. Seeking new friends like the US in strategic spheres will need careful consideration.

SC Vaid, Greater Noida

Do more

The Election Commission has taken a small, but vital step towards the much-needed poll reforms, courtesy the apex court ("Voter gets to show his displeasure", Sunday Tribune, Oct 27). Compulsory voting must be enforced. Other important reforms like abolition of caste-based reservations, provision of minimum educational qualification for a voter and candidate, elimination of muscle and money power, and action against religious diktats exhorting people to vote for or against a party or an individual are yet to be enforced. Real democracy will remain a mirage until other reforms are enforced.

AK Sharma, Chandigarh

More than meets the eye

The article 'Pak army bid to keep hold on Kashmir policy' (Guest Column, Sunday Tribune, October 27) is spot on. No infiltration across the LoC can take place without the support of the Pakistan army. While our Army is competent to deal with infiltration, it is equally incumbent upon J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the people of Kashmir to create a strong public opinion, condemning all atrocities against innocent victims in the state.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla

Dark deeds

The article 'Courage to face the dark past' by Kishwar Desai (Sunday Tribune, October 27) was touchy. It makes us realise how the Blacks were humiliated. It raises a question before us regarding calling us humans. Similar is the condition of the Dalits in India. It's not a talk of the past but of today. Discrimination against them continues even now. We must strive to change societal prejudice for a bright future for all.

Arshdeep Singh, Jalandhar

Let them fly

‘Whose hobby is it anyway’ (Spectrum, Oct 27) draws the attention of parents to the truth that children are obstructed in the way of their choice for hobbies. Interference in the growth of children in the name of prestige and opulence is merely escaping from reality. Technological advances are also hindering their natural propensities. Adventurous activities are no longer relished by parents and children. They should be encouraged to pursue their own interests. The CBSE and state education boards should look into it.

Dr S Kumar, Panchkula

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