Concern for farmers has dried up
With reference to Aarefa Johari's article State of despair (Focus, March 31), many parts of Maharashtra are reeling under a severe drought in the absence of any concrete plan by the government. It is unfortunate that the state government has abandoned the people with the result that many are forced to leave their homes. It is not a good idea to turn a deaf ear to the cries of some people and allow certain groups of people to waste gallons of water for festivities. It is also abominable that no action is taken against those who waste water. With no water for irrigation, farmers are the worst hit. The government must immediately take steps to save these farmers from starvation and protect their crops. We do not want more farmer deaths and a food shortage.
Gautam Chandra, via email
A problem for every solution
With reference to the article Dial M for Muddle (Chanakya, March 31), no one is interested in solving the J&K issue and the state government as well as the Centre are seeing this issue with the elections in mind. The more the issue is delayed the more they benefit. Terror groups and Pakistan are taking advantage of the situation. Omar Abdullah fails to see any development from a national perspective and that is why he speaks out for people like Liaquat Shah and Afzal Guru.
Gulshan Kumar, via email
The leadership at the Centre and the J&K government seem clueless about how to handle the situation in Kashmir. The UPA 2 government lacks the will to take hard decisions. As a first step, we should destroy terrorist camps in PoK. Why are we so terrorised by Pakistan's nuclear arsenal? Pakistani rulers know what will happen to them in the event of any nuclear misadventure. New Delhi must stop the charade of peace talks with Islamabad. A nation that cannot protect its interests can't aspire to become a superpower.
Ratan Wadhwani, Mumbai
Pardon us for this shortcoming
With reference to Indrajit Hazra's article Like moths to fame (Red Herring, March 31), the Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju's appeal for a pardon for film star Sanjay Dutt is baseless. Katju must ask the authorities to release all prisoners who have served a part of their sentence in jail. Innumerable convicts are also married like Dutt and have small children - why doesn't Katju appeal for their release? If anyone does social work, or even becomes a holy man, after committing a heinous act, will his sins be condoned? When will we learn to demand justice for individuals on the basis of neutrality and humanity and not on their vocation and status?
Susmita, via email
It is a fact that Sanjay Dutt's deed is unforgivable and that there is no option left for him. A five-year prison term might be a bitter pill to swallow but such a decision is vital in the interest of justice. Going by the support he is getting from different quarters, it seems that this jail term will give his career a much-needed fillip.
Raghav Gaba, via email
Fortune favours young cricketers
This refers to Pradeep Magazine's article Cricket's new stars (The Big Story, March 31). The new talent in Indian cricket has grabbed the opportunities in Test and IPL matches. Now it will be difficult for senior players to stay for long. With MS Dhoni leading from the front and with more say in team selection, it is obvious that he will favour youngsters.
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