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Government should reconsider its decision to reduce troops

india Updated: Jan 12, 2010 21:15 IST

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Government should reconsider its decision to reduce troops
This refers to the report Time not ripe to reduce troops in Kashmir (January 9). The recent attack by Pakistani
militants in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area should serve as an eye-opener to the government and help it realise that the situation in Kashmir is not normal. Intelligence reports say that hundreds of terrorists are waiting on other side of the border to sneak into India. Though credit should be given to the J&K police and the security agencies for nabbing two militants, yet the former’s own resources are limited and it isn’t well equipped to deal with bigger challenges from terrorists. Therefore, the Union government should rethink its proposition of reducing troops in Kashmir.
PP Talwar, via email

Kudos to Bihar chief minister
This refers to the editorial The rear is in gear now (Our Take, January 6). It is encouraging to see that Bihar’s GDP has been growing at an unprecedented rate over the last four years. One of the most important factors for this growth is an improved law and order system in the state, thanks to its efficient Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Nowadays we rarely hear of kidnapping cases in Bihar, which had become a routine in the past. It is reassuring that Kumar is working for the welfare of the state and fulfilling the promises he has made to the people of Bihar.
NK Das Gupta, Kolkata

Flights of fancy
Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s article Birds of a feather (January 11), made for a pleasant read. The subtly written piece on a pair of mynahs and their personal equation was evocative to say the least. The interaction of the Gandhis with the two mynahs was really enjoyable to read. However, it was a pity that their company could last only a couple of months. The last sentence in the article that the birds did not know of ‘Governors and their tenures’ was very moving.
K Venkataraman, Delhi