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A litmus test for Omar Abdullah

india Updated: Jul 12, 2009 23:24 IST

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A litmus test for Omar Abdullah
It’s been over a month-and-a-half but the culprits of the Shopian rape case have yet not been caught. It is astonishing to learn that the official report accuses victims’ families of tampering evidence. This raises doubts over the credibility of the police and the J&K government. While we expected Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to get to the bottom of the matter, his statement that the state police are not yet prepared to take complete charge of the situation came as a disappointment. It is to the credit of the media that it focused on the Shopian incident. It’s now important that Abdullah oversees the inquiry and resolve this at the earliest.
Neha Paul, via email

Consistently cavalier
The report PMO note slams power ministry (July 10) is nothing but an eyewash, for even when the PMO orders a high-level investigation into some matter, it seldom delivers the desired results. High levels of corruption in various departments have made it impossible to bring about any positive change which benefits people. For over 20 years, the Department of Programme Implementation has been monitoring power projects and their distribution across India. Its monthly reports highlight the problems the department faces and suggests solutions for the same. But, instead of taking any action, the authorities prefer to play the blame game.
Devendra Narain, via email

Generous afterthought
This is with reference to Suhel Seth’s article Remember the time (July 9). It is human nature to acknowledge the greatness of an individual once he is dead. While he is alive, everyone is interested in talking about his shortcomings. The same is the case with Michael Jackson. While he was among us, everybody, including the media, chose to pick on all the controversies Jackson was involved in. But immediately after his death, we got busy in appreciating his contribution to the music industry and his iconic image.
Ankit Misra, via email

Read the warning signs
The editorial You’ve got no male (The Pundit, July 10), made for amusing reading. The development of artificial sperm, which threatens to eliminate the need for men, comes at a time when homosexuality has been legalised. Could there be a connection between the two? On a serious note, it is certainly a medical achievement, as it will help cure infertility. But, one needs to be cautious of such developments and analyse pros and cons.
Viniti Gupta, via email

A beggar like no other
Apropos of the editorial Beg your pardon (The Pundit, July 9), Abdul Gali’s dedication and sincerity deserves appreciation. It took him 13 years to accumulate his wealth, which, in itself, is awe-inspiring. This shows that nothing is impossible if the person has a strong will to achieve his goals. Gali’s case should inspire people who wish to get rich, but don’t want to work hard.
Azhar A Khan, Lucknow

Change for the worse
Sagarika Ghose, in Inclusiveness, inch by inch (Bloody Mary, July 8), is right in saying that society needs to change with the times, else it will reach a point of stagnation. But what she doesn’t realise is that there is a right moment for every change to occur. Our society is not yet ready for homosexuality. Same-sex relationships are unnatural and should not have been legalised. Our society is still far from acknowledging the presence of homosexuals; forget treating them as equals. So this change will do more harm than good.
Shanti Bhushan, Ghaziabad