Don’t talk at Kashmir’s youth, instead talk to them
Congratulations to Barkha Dutt for rightly interpreting the aspirations of the Kashmiri youth (Don’t look away again, Third Eye, August 7). An entire generation in the Valley has grown up witnessing bloodshed, politics and mistrust among different communities and between the people and the government. While the government is apathetic to the youngsters’ aspirations, the separatists are trying to mislead them for personal gain. The prime minister’s call to shun violence and trust the government has come a tad too late and is unconvincing. The situation in Kashmir requires the government to formulate its policies keeping in mind the needs and desires of the Kashmiri people.
Manohar Lal Yadav, via email
I agree with Dutt’s view that the government is responsible for the present Kashmir conundrum. The elected representatives should focus on the welfare of the people instead of politicising the crisis. If the government really hopes to restore peace to the Valley, it should reassess the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. The UPA government should apologise to the people for having failed to act on time. It could have prevented the violence from escalating had it given people a timely assurance that it would review its policies on education and employment.
Sonali Agarwal, Jaipur
Corruption feeds on silence
With reference to Namita Bhandare’s article No spark to light our anger (Another Day, August 7), every Indian knows that bribing works wonders when it comes to making a public official do one’s work. We are afraid to challenge the system, which encourages corruption and further victimises the common man. It’s a vicious circle. We fear displeasing a sarkari babu because he will refuse to address our complaints next time. The truth is that corruption has become a way of life for all of us. The real blame goes to the middle class, which encourages corruption by succumbing to it.
Arvind Mehta, via email
Politicians have failed to cater to even the bare minimum needs of the aam aadmi, like providing quality educational institutions, uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water, electricity and public infrastructure. The common man is taxed heavily. The money is supposed to sustain social welfare schemes, most of which either never take off or get stalled. Politicians and bureaucrats make money from such projects/schemes and blatantly ignore the needs of the middle class.
Sunny Malik, via email
Don’t mix the wheat and chaff
This refers to Sagarika Ghose’s article Bristling to belong (Bloody Mary, August 11). It’s true that Kashmir is an integral part of India and its people are like all other Indians. They have the right to stage bandhs and hold protest rallies. However, some anti-social elements are working against peace in the Valley. They fight the security personnel and instigate them to retaliate. The entire state suffers as a result. The police should work out a strategy to distinguish between those who are jeopardising the lives of thousands of people and those who want peace in Kashmir.
Sapan Garg, Noida
No whistling in the dark
The issue of the feasibility of providing foolproof security to whistleblowers, as raised in the editorial Many chinks in the shield (Our Take, August 11), is pertinent and should be addressed. Also, the issue of the Lok Pal Bill needs to be resolved on a priority basis. These measures will go a long way in restoring the confidence of people in our democratic set up.
P.C. Sharma, via email