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A need for objectivity

india Updated: Oct 13, 2008 21:03 IST

The editorial Who’s afraid of the Bajrang Dal? (Our Take, October 10), advocating a strong case for banning the Bajrang Dal and the VHP makes for good reading, but there is need not to get carried away by the word ‘ban’ for just banning an organisation cannot tackle the root causes of the rot. There is need for an assessment of the true supporters of these Hindu fundamentalist outfits. If the law aimed at reining in these organisations remains weak, more is the temptation for people who are aggrieved to take the law into their own hands.

Prem Kumar Gutty, Delhi


Why is the government not doing enough to tackle the violence in Assam, where more than 50 lives have been lost? The government is eager to consider imposing Article 355 in Orissa because it is a BJP-ruled state. The double standards of the central UPA government seem to have been exposed by its inability to control the violence. The Centre should always remain impartial in preserving tranquillity otherwise such communal violence will severely undermine secularism in India.

Anuvrat Arya, Delhi

Better regulation for GM crops

Apropos of Lalita Panicker’s article Cotton on to the biotech revolution (October 10), it has been found that genetically modified plants contain toxic compounds. The possibility of an environmental risk even in small-scale field research, involving plants modified to contain toxins, has not been ruled out. The Draft National Biotechnology Regulatory Bill is supposed to address such issues. According to the Gene Campaign’s recommendations on the Bill, it should put in place protocol for improved food safety tests and a mechanisms for long-term monitoring of human health.

Robi Shom, via email

A foot in the door

With reference to the editorial Deal’s done, now to take advantage of it (Our Take, October 13), the Indo-US nuclear agreement is one of the first few steps towards India’s entry into the international nuclear order. There is need for careful follow-up in terms of legislation, regulation and infrastructure to support a larger nuclear programme.

M.R. Iyer, Mumbai

Old tragedy, new victim

Apropos of the report 30 hours on, Sonu’s ordeal continues (October 11), despite earlier such incidents, we are nowhere near fixing responsibility for this recurring tragedy. Previous cases have reflected negligence on the part of workers who do the boring work, and contractors who supervise them. They should be taken to task for having kept the bored line uncovered, despite being aware of the potential hazards.

V.B. Joneja, Noida