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Act now to stem communal division

india Updated: Dec 23, 2008 21:36 IST

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Act now to stem communal division
Apropos of the report No regrets, says Antulay; govt statement today (December 23), the minister’s remarks have wrongly raised questions on a martyr’s credibility. The support that Antulay is getting from Muslim MPs across party lines show the communal polarisation of our democratic institution. It is time for the Congress party to stop playing vote bank politics, expel Antulay from the party and condemn those playing the communal games. This will help Congress gain a strong secular character instead of the handful of so-called minority votes.
MK Barua, New Delhi

Package deal for security
Ajit Doval in Opportunity knocks down (December 23), has rightly stressed the need for a unified command structure for fighting the forces of terror. To fight terror, we require a stand alone organisation encompassing elements of intelligence, logistics, operations and investigation. As to why 26/11 was handled clumsily, it is because all concerned agencies thought their accountability was limited to one particular area.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal

Enough proof to take action
With reference to the report Letter of evidence (December 23), it was unnecessary and improper to hand over the so-called proof of the terrorist’s nationality to the Pakistani authorities. By doing so, the Indian government is falling into a trap set by the Pakistan authorities to avoid the international condemnation it is facing for supporting terrorism. India’s attention should be focussed on the core issue of pressuring Pakistan to mend its ways. It is time for action, a language that Pakistan is bound to understand.
OP Tandon, via email

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Pakistan has refused to hand over any terrorists to India on the pretext of dealing with them under its own laws. This signifies that Pakistan is running away from reality. I wonder why the Indian government is still silent on the issue of attacking terrorist camps in Pakistan? I feel that the world community must isolate Pakistan and India should attack its eastern neighbour to restore peace in the South Asian region.
Shailesh Kumar, Bangalore

Shape the future now
With reference to the report Completing Games project top priority (December 23), it is satisfying to realise that the Lt Governor of Delhi has prioritised developmental tasks related to the Commonwealth Games. But progress in one area should not be achieved at the cost of the needs of the common man. Already, after the elections, water and power supply in the Capital are erratic and the traffic problem has worsened. The government should simultaneously work towards short-term and long-term projects and provide relief to all instead of concentrating only on a few major projects.
AL Agarwal, Delhi

Led up the garden path
Apropos of the editorial Live-in and let live (December 22), promiscuity and living-in represent the culture of the West. The Bill to amend the existing law will give a licence to adulterous relationships that might culminate in the separation of many happily married couples. The Bill is an overt attack on age-old Indian traditions that will eat away at the roots of our religious customs. To prevent our strongly-knit social fabric from tearing apart, the Centre must turn down the proposal.
Azhar A Khan, Lucknow