With reference to the report Tense Omar dials Delhi (June 29), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s concern over the deaths of civilians at the hands of the Central Reserve Police Force personnel is justified. However, the chief minister must not blame the central forces for sparking the current turmoil. The working conditions of security personnel in J&K are abysmal. The same is the case in other insurgency-hit states. Instead of blaming the security forces all the time for the spurt in violence, the state and the central governments should ban the religious outfits that exploit every opportunity to disrupt peace in the Valley.
G.K. Arora, Delhi
Saina, a cut above the rest
The editorial Ahead of the game (The Pundit, June 29) rightly states that Saina Nehwal is not only a talented badminton player, but is also aware of the promise that the future holds for her. Unlike many other ‘sports celebrities’ in the country, Nehwal hasn’t let commercial endorsements distract her from her ultimate goal. We are proud of her victory and wish her all the very best for the World Championships. However, we must also congratulate Team Saina — her coach, family and trainers — for making her what she is today.
Bal Govind, Noida
Oil’s not well
With reference to the editorial The tank is only half full (Our Take, June 28), the government’s decision to increase oil prices will shoot up inflation. It’s doubtful if the Opposition’s protests will force the Centre to reconsider the recent hike. In a country like ours, where the poor are only getting poorer by the day, deregulating oil prices is a bad move.
S. Rajagopalan, Chennai
Invest more in the farm sector
The report Govt lets 30 lakh tonnes of paddy rot (June 28) exposes the government’s inability to properly manage the storage of foodgrains and the lack of coordination among various agricultural bodies in India. Reports like these prove that the government is not serious about resolving the problem of hunger. If the government wants to re-energise the agricultural sector, it must invest more to boost productivity, improve the storage facilities of food crops and strengthen the public distribution network so that no one dies of hunger.
Harish Benjwal, Delhi
A meeting and nothing more
The meeting of intelligence chiefs of India and Pakistan (Intelligence chiefs meet in Islamabad, June 28) hardly served any purpose. This is because the Indian intelligence machinery is more concerned about the operations of Inter-Services Intelligence, which has deep links with the terror groups, than the country’s Intelligence Bureau.
S.D. Sahay, Delhi
Proper signages a must
This refers to the report No signs to warn drivers of deathtrap (June 29). It is disheartening to read that people have lost their lives due to the negligence of government officials and road contractors, if there were any involved. They should be punished for their negligence. Proper signage must be used to inform drivers about accident-prone sites.
Surendra Bhargava, Delhi
A boost for Indo-US ties
With reference to the report World listens when India’s PM speaks, says Obama (June 29), US President Barack Obama’s praise for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a positive sign for Indo-US ties. Both nations must realise that cooperation is the only way to move forward.
J. Dutta, Delhi