AG Noorani in First things first (January 30) has tried to establish that all parties in J&K are critical of India. He forgets the firm and uncompromising attitude of the NC and the Congress against militancy and their adherence to the state’s accession to India. From his analysis of the Kashmir situation and the joint management formula, it is difficult to establish whether he is speaking on behalf of India or Pakistan.
The Republic Day parade reflected the discipline and valour of our defence forces, paramilitary forces, scientific and technological advancements and the enthusiasm of students. But these are only a part of the overall success of this young nation. We should improve infrastructure and the lives of the underprivileged. If we take this up as a priority, we can transform India into a land of our dreams.
In our interest
Prem Shankar Jha in Washington goes tribal (January 27) depicts an old attitude about the US that needs to change. The world scenario has undergone drastic changes since the collapse of the Russian empire. The 9/11 incident has forced the US to make new equations. It is no secret that Pakistan is a hot-bed of terrorism. If the US is taking tough measures against Pakistan, it is with the aim of curbing terrorist activities. This benefits India.
Cost of contesting
The Election Commission should make some changes in its electoral process by not allowing any candidate from contesting from more than one constituency. The candidate who files nomination papers from more than one constituency must be made to pay the cost of re-election in the constituencies from where he will have to resign if he gets elected from more than one.
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