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Criminalising elections

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 02:35 IST

This refers to the editorial Teach them a lesson (August 29). Despite the Supreme Court taking note of the criminalisation of student politics and directing a committee to ensure that elections are conducted freely and fairly, campus violence continues. It is unfortunate that political parties are using students for nefarious activities, including murder.

RN Lakhotia

Playing with sentiments

Dipankar Gupta's article Milking backwardness  (August 28) is an eye-opener about those trying to gain from reservation. In the name of reservation, castes like the Yadavs and Kurmis have hijacked the political scene for their own benefit. The Mandal Commission's complicity is unforgivable.

Amrendra Kumar

Proud song

I endorse the view expressed by Pankaj Vohra  (Country music, August 28) that Vande Mataram should be translated to all Indian languages. This will clear any ambiguities in the minds of those who are confused about its content. It is unnecessary to raise controversies about a song that was our moving spirit during freedom struggle. It should still remain our proud national song.

JL Ganjoo

Useless anguish

The anguish expressed by the Jew community over the naming of a restaurant in Mumbai as Hitler's Cross is understandable (Monster's Inc., August 29). But they could have registered their protest by boycotting this restaurant, rather than compelling the owners to change the name. If a Jew were to meet someone with the surname 'Hitler', how would he react?

Navneet Dhawan

Pakistan changing

Apropos of Pakistan vs Pakistan (August 29), the killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti marks a turning point in the history of Pakistan. It has laid the foundation for yet the dismemberment of an already truncated country.

Tarlok Singh

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