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Films can revive bond

Apropos the editorial “Ban on Hindi films” (December 25), the ban on Indian movies in Pakistan is a matter of concern for the India-Pakistan relations. It would affect the mending of broken ties between the two nations. Indian movies can raise the level of film industry in Pakistan.

On the other hand, Bollywood should promote Pakistani cinema and its film artistes by giving them prominent roles, which can enhance their potential. This betterment in Lollywood (Pakistani film industry) can evoke friendly relations between the people of the two countries.




Shameful indeed!

This is with reference to your editorial “A shameful act” (December 23). One of my kin living in Kuwait once told me that police network in the Gulf countries was foolproof. It took the law-enforcing agencies there just an hour to nab the culprits.

Back home, we find the law and order machinery going topsy-turvy. Citizens are more scared of the police than the culprits.

The gangrape of a 17-year-old girl of Khuda Lahora (Chandigarh), by none other than the so-called saviors of the law, masquerading as men in khakhi, is yet another glaring example where the police have been caught on a wrong side of the fence.

To add salt to the injuries, the innocent victim did not have the temerity to approach the police to lodge an FIR (She is no exception), of course, against the errant policemen, who had committed the crime. Doesn’t it reflect on the functioning of the faceless police force and the collapse of our law-enforcing agencies in the country, under the watch of those at the helm of affairs?

Sacking or suspending of the erring police officials is no solution to the deep-rooted malaise. The episode is yet another grim reminder of the atrocities being perpetrated against the women in the country.

It calls for immediate revamp of the law and order apparatus. Those sitting pretty in their cozy confines of corridors of power must come clear on the sensitive issue of rape and take an urgent call on it.


Almanac mystery

The news item “Calendar controversy to fore again” (December 21), contains the following statement: “The Bikrami calendar is based on lunar charts and under it, the dates of ‘gurpurbs’ and ‘sangrands’ keep on changing every year.” It is not clear what the writer means by the term lunar charts used here and solar charts used elsewhere. In any case, the operational part of the above statement is only partially true. The date for Diwali festival for 2013, 2014 and 2015 is November 3, October 23 and November 11, respectively. But, Baisakhi in all these three years falls on April 14.


Double talk

When the AAP was not forming government with the outside support of Congress, the BJP said AAP was running away from its responsibility. But, when AAP decided to form the government, the BJP now says AAP is greedy to come into power. It says AAP is going against its principles by taking support of the Congress. The BJP must get rid of this double talk. It should always keep in mind that a common man is not a fool as they think.

Anshul Mittal, Mansa

Focus on development

This refers to the forming of government by the Aam Aadmi Party with the outside support of the Congress and swearing-in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal as the youngest Chief Minister of Delhi. The AAP must be wary of faction and corruption-ridden Congress as it may, given the past history of its tendency, pull the rugs beneath it any time. Therefore, instead of witch-hunting, it must focus on the development work, promised to aam aadmi (common people) in its election manifesto, which will benefit the party in the long run.

RL Negi, Embassy of India, Paramaribo, Suriname

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