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Fact and fiction

india Updated: Apr 05, 2007 23:12 IST

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It is strange that Pakistan keeps raking up the Kashmir issue at every forum only to hoodwink its own countrymen and the world body. It is a fact that greater Kashmir includes PoK, Gilgit, Baltistan, Hunza and large areas of Ladakh, adjoining the Karakoram Pass. Pakistan must hand over these areas to India before starting any fresh dialogue.

PP Talwar
via e-mail

Sham democracy

Apropos of Neelesh Misra’s report United in search for democracy (March 4), how we can say that Bhutanese king has given up his powers? Framing a Constitution is not tantamount to giving up powers. In the name of democracy, India has been protecting a tyrant who wants to widen his powers through various tactics. Our policy is guided by the rich and powerful who oppress the poor people in the county.

Kashyapji
via e-mail

Perpetual handicap

The increasing demand for caste-based quotas even after 60 years of Independence proves that the reservation policy has failed to acquire its target of establishing socio-economic equality in the country. Had the government laid more emphasis on basic necessities and primary education, there would have been no need for reservations. Reservation is being considered a means of uplift, rather it is a handicap to overall development.

Shashi Bhushan Arya
Delhi

Promote public probity

The government’s proclamation that there was no convention that tainted ministers should resign is a sad commentary on the state of affairs prevailing in our political establishment. All those chargesheeted for offences should not hold any office of profit. There should be transparency in governance if we want probity in public life.

SK Shah
Delhi