Give Kashmiri youth a chance to fight for the right things
With reference to Ramachandra Guha’s article Generation hexed (History Matters, July 16), the government should make it a priority to reform its existing policies in order to generate more employment opportunities. This will help the Kashmiri youth channelise their energy in a positive direction. Pelting stones on security personnel might have helped youngsters in the Valley earn the status of ‘rebel heroes’ in their communities. But the truth is that if given a chance, these misguided men will leave no stone unturned in taking the nation to newer heights of development.
Akash Singh, via email
Dialogue of the deaf
This has reference to the editorial Back in their corners again (Our Take, July 17). It is unfortunate that the recently-concluded round of diplomatic parleys between India and Pakistan, like others in the past, failed to yield any positive outcome. It confirms that Pakistan’s not interested in talking to India on any issue and that it will stoop to any level to foil all New Delhi’s peace initiatives. But what was startling this time around was India’s silence during the joint press conference, which allowed Pakistan to gain the upper hand.
RK Malhotra, Delhi
It’s clear that Pakistan deliberately wanted the bilateral peace talks to fail, as it’s wary of supporting India, and the international community, in the war on terror. Throughout the talks, Pakistan’s foreign minister seemed more interested in derailing senior Indian diplomats’ propositions to curb terrorism in the subcontinent. This should be an eye-opener for the Indian authorities.
All dialogue with Pakistan must end now.
S. Shankar Singh, via email
It shouldn’t gain currency
With reference to the report Rupee undergoes symbolic change (July 16), the move seems to be in accordance with the Congress government’s policy of making symbolic changes to distract the common man’s attention from the government’s inability to take bold decisions in areas like the economy, agriculture, insurgency, etc. The new rupee symbol, a Devanagri alphabet that’s been disfigured by adding a dollar-like line to it, is meaningless. There was no need for a new symbol in the first place.
Jai Prakash Gupta, Ambala