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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 08, 2013
First Published: 23:02 IST(8/2/2013)
Last Updated: 23:03 IST(8/2/2013)

Sheila Dikshit can’t absolve herself by blaming the police
This refers to the report Women don’t feel safe in Delhi: CM (February 7). As the head of the Delhi government, it’s Sheila Dikshit’s responsibility to ens-ure the safety of women in the state. She cannot absolve herself by repeatedly saying that since the home ministry handles policing in Delhi, she can’t do much about it. Dikshit is making up excuses to cover up her government’s inability to prevent the December 16 gang rape incident. If the CM feels that less police force on ground is a problem, then she should urge her colleagues in the government to give up some of their own security personnel.
-Janaki Mahadevan, Mumbai

Give Modi the credit due to him
In her article With friends like these (Third Eye, February 2), Barkha Dutt fails to objectively assess Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as a charismatic, pragmatic and forward-looking leader, who has put his state on the path of development. There is no denying that the 2002 Gujarat riots must be condemned and Modi should be punished if his involvement in the riots is proved in a court of law. But let’s not forget that when it comes to leadership and communication abilities, Rahul Gandhi pales in comparison to Modi. Therefore, it’s important for political commentators like Dutt to acknowledge his achievements and not criticise him all the time.
-Kumar Anand, Delhi

Missing the forest for the trees
With reference to the editorial No hand of god here (February 6), while it’s a fact that the recent fatwa against a girl-band in Kashmir is a clear case of parochialism, stating that it is a part of the long process of Talibanising the Kashmiri society by anti-Indian forces is stretching the point. The fatwa against the band must be seen in the context of Pakistan’s attempt to restrict people’s freedom of speech in the region and target every aspect of Kashmir’s culture. We must not let this happen.
-Lalit Ambardar, Delhi

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