Sanjay Tickoo's observation that everyone in the Valley can, if they want to, work towards restoring peace and order, is relevant in the present scenario (Violence not cast in stone, August 4). When the government and the political parties refuse to take a stand and don't flinch over people dying, citizens must unite to stop the destruction and unrest in the Valley. Despite political leaders crying themselves hoarse over separatist elements ravaging Kashmir, they seem to have done very little for the welfare of the people so far.
Piyush Sharma, Bhopal
Despite people's pro-India sentiments at the 2008 assembly elections, New Delhi has made no fresh attempts to look into the legitimate political aspirations of the people of Kashmir. If the government really wants peace in the Valley, it should treat the civilian population with more consideration and win them over. Rather than pushing them to the brink, it should make an effort to retrieve the situation by apologising for not stopping the security forces from using violence against civilians. More than half the battle in Kashmir can be won if the Indian government tries to address the immediate issues of education and employment among the youth in the Valley.
G. David Milton, via email
Rooted in caste issues
I agree with Gopalkrishna Gandhi's views in The rainbow people (Incidentally, July 31) that those who are born of parents belonging to different castes would feel confused when asked about their caste affiliations. It will only lead the enumerator and the government to impose a caste label, which would not be right. It would be a good idea to leave the option for those born of parents belonging to different castes open. This would perhaps be more effective than the present system of controlling caste-based issues.
Vasant K. Sharma, via email
It is a fact that the evil of caste has taken root in our society and its offshoots are now flourishing. Be it granting reservation to the minorities or preparing a census report, the economic condition of an individual should be the only determining factor instead of caste affiliations.
If India fancies itself as a secular democracy then it has to do away with petty distinctions that Indian society is mired in. However, whether our political leaders acknowledge the issue and take necessary action to bring about change, remains to be seen.
Manzar Imam Qasmi, Delhi
They work to rue
The editorial Squad that got left out (Our Take, August 3) rightly pointed out the plight of labourers who are working at the Commonwealth Games sites. It is unfortunate that the government has done nothing to get these labourers registered or ensure their security. The Games come across as a lesson in mismanagement. There seems to have been no planning before work started. With the officials more interested in making money through murky deals, compromises seem natural.
Rajan Kalia, via email
Playing politics with sports
This refers to the report Hosting CWG ‘a bad idea', says Bhutia (August 5). Bhaichung Bhutia need not have played a Mani Shankar Aiyar in the Commonwealth controversy. He should regard himself as a sportsman, not a politician. A sportsman must not confuse politics and sports. Didn't he just participate in the baton rally in Kolkata along with Sourav Ganguly? For him to think the Games is a ‘bad idea' smacks of hypocrisy. His view regarding spending money to create infrastructure all over India is, however, welcome.
D.R. Gulati, via email