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Break the impasse in J&K

Apropos of the editorial Don’t lose sight of Kashmir’s future (Our Take, August 26), the present imbroglio in Kashmir is the creation of the state and central governments’ wrong decisions.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2008 22:12 IST

Apropos of the editorial Don’t lose sight of Kashmir’s future (Our Take, August 26), the present imbroglio in Kashmir is the creation of the state and central governments’ wrong decisions and withdrawal of the same after the eruption of violence.The problem arose due to misinformation to those who were already suspicious of the Governor's actions. The government needs to clarify the facts to all concerned and take serious measures for the development of the region, involving the youth, in a way that the results are visible.

G.M. Rama Rao, Gurgaon

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The turmoil in J&K is a result of continued appeasement by the UPA government. Since Independence, such events have exposed the myth of the secular identity of a certain section of Kashmiri Muslims, responsible for the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley. Non-granting of minority status to Hindus, desecration and destruction of temples in the region and open support to Pakistan is a manifestation of their intention. The agitation in the state is a war between nationalists and separatists. We need stern action against pro-Pakistan elements lest the nationalist Muslims and Hindus of the state are marginalised. The nation needs a Sardar Patel, not a Patil.

Pramod Gupta, Delhi

Shock and disgust

The report Churches attacked, woman burnt alive (August 28), has highlighted highly condemnable acts that left us stunned and horrified. In a secular country like India, such acts of violence violate the basic tenets of our Constitution. It's shocking that no police action was taken in time to protect the victims of this carnage. It outrages the conscience when such acts of communal violence go repeatedly unchecked in a country that ostensibly stands for the ideals of unity and oneness. Stringent action must be taken against the perpetrators.

Miriam Rojy, via email

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It is shocking that a handful of communal-minded criminals, who are determined to divide the country in the name of religion, have repeated what they did to Graham Staines and his innocent children nine years ago. If only the government had taken adequate steps to hang the criminals, such brutes would not have been emboldened enough to torch churches and burn innocent Christians to death. It is time we adopt more stringent measures to punish such people if the country is to remain peacefully united.

Tharcius Fernando, Chennai

Not a zero-sum game

Nandini Sundar’s article How some faith-based land claims are more equal than others (Chain Reaction, August 26) is another nail in the coffin of national integration. One cannot improve the lot of any one religion by unceremoniously stamping on the feet of the other. This will only breed discontent and strife.

Viniti Gupta, Aligarh