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Budgam firing

The Budgam firing in which two innocent youths were shot dead was unfortunate. It is a deplorable act of the well-trained and disciplined Indian Army. Armymen must exercise restraint while dealing with civilians in counter-insurgency operations.

The Defence Minister and the Chief of Army have rightly accepted the responsibility for rashness by the Army. However, there appears to be a political angle in accepting fault in view of the impending elections in J&K.

The morale of the troops should not be compromised at the cost of minor gains for political motives. The Indian Army has finest track record in the world while dealing with civilians. The troops work in counter-insurgency areas under extreme pressure.

Such mistakes are not deliberate or planned. Prolonged exposure of the armed forces tends to make troops intolerant and sometimes trigger-happy. Sanity must prevail in complex situations.

Devender Cheba, via email

Women's dress code

Apropos the editorial “Give ‘em a dressing down” (November 6), women's dresses range from the very conservative burqa to the very liberal bikini the world over. Actually provocation is not in the dress but in the eyes of the beholder or in the actions of the wearer. In some parts of our country, even salvaar- kameez is not considered graceful, whereas in other parts, a saari may be considered indecent.

Till about 50 years ago, women used to observe ghoonghat before elder men in the household. Now our daughters-in-law move about in jeans and don't even cover their heads. This should be taken as a healthy trend. Why is the moral police for women only? Why are not men's minds tamed? Boys and girls should be brought up in a healthy, natural and liberal way so that they develop tolerance to each other's dresses and actions. Women deserve equal status. Both young boys and girls should be encouraged to break the shackles of old narrow-minded conventions.

Tejinder Singh Kalra, Mohali

AMU founder

The editorial “No library access for girls” (November 14) mentions that Aligarh Muslim University was founded by Maulana Azad. This is not true. The AMU founder is Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.

Major Baldev, Ambala Cantt

Bias against Hindus

This refers to Ashok K Dhawan's letter 'Bias against Hindus' (November 10). It is true that not a single word is being said either by political parties or by a major part of media about those innocent Hindus who were massacred by extremists. The Tribune speaks little in favour of Beant Singh and KPS Gill, whose services to mankind will always be written in golden letters.

Dr Khazan Singh Gulia, Rohtak

Prejudiced view

This is in reference to the article “Hurrah for little crimes” by BG Verghese (November 4). It is difficult to understand why Verghese's views which seem biased against Hindu and RSS beliefs continue to find space on your editorial page. In the article, the belief that the head of an elephant was joined to the torso of Ganesh has been referred to as superstitious garbage.

Narinder Kumar, Bathinda

Queen of Hills

With reference to "Building Chaos" (November 10), the move of political bosses to please everyone, including defaulters, is not new. The HP Government's plan to bring an ordinance to regularise illegal colonies in Shimla makes people following rules and regulations feel as an idiot. The government needs to rethink as this is not about pleasing voters but setting up the clock of a time bomb on the Queen of Hills.

Vijay Karan, Chandigarh

Decongest Shimla

It is heartening to read the news item “IGMC to be decongested soon” (November 2). The IGMC has become out of bounds for personal vehicles coming from far-off corners of the state with seriously ill patients who cannot walk on their own. The relocation of the dental wing will provide space at the main hospital. Similar action needs to be taken to decongest Shimla city. The Queen of Hills has been overloaded with HQs of various departments which could have been located elsewhere in the state.

Recently, the Department of Irrigation-cum-Public Health (IPH) was asked to vacate the heritage US Club building and allotted land on the periphery of the town to construct its head office. This is poor urban planning. The department should be accommodated elsewhere.

Er LR Sharma, Sundernagar

Kudos to Dr Singh

The media went gaga when Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a warm hug by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, when Shinzo departed from the routine to receive Modi outside Tokyo in Kyoto and when Shinzo telephoned Modi on his birthday. But when former PM Dr Manmohan Singh received Japan's civilian honour, second only to the Order of the Chrysanthemum in the Japanese pecking order, for his “significant contributions to the enhancement of relations and promotion of friendship” between Japan and India for about 35 years, most of the media ignored it.

Bidyut Kumar Chatterjee, Faridabad

Dr Singh, Nikki

Felicitations to Dr Manmohan Singh and Nikki Haley for bringing glory to India, specially Punjab. Dr Singh has been honoured by the Japanese Government for his work on mutual friendship and progress between Japan and India. Dr Manmohan Singh is an internationally known economist. Nikki Haley, who originally belongs to Amritsar, has become the Governor of South Carolina in the USA for the second time.

Jatinderbir Nanda, Ludhaina

Japanese honour

It is an honour for the Indians that our former PM Manmohan Singh has received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers awarded by the Japanese Emperor. PM Modi should call on Dr Singh for achieving this award for our country by rising above party politics. The government should have given him a warm welcome at the airport on his return from Japan.

Vikas Sharma, Ludhiana

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