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Help preserve our past

india Updated: Mar 22, 2009 21:44 IST

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Help preserve our past
With reference to Nayanjot Lahiri’s article Reigning over ruins (March 19), our cultural heritage is at stake as it has become the target of terrorist attacks. The Bamiyan Buddhas, which were wiped out by the Taliban during their rule in Afghanistan, are a perfect example of how terrorists are destroying the cultures that they, in their narrow-minded view of the world, consider un-Islamic. One can only hope that such brazen destruction of our heritage can be prevented in future. Special care must be taken in conflict zones to preserve our rich past.
Prabhash Chandra, Delhi

Waiting for good governance
With reference to the editorial Shock therapy for Congress (Our Take, March 19), in the present political situation, the concept of a pre-poll alliance has lost its relevance. Bargaining over seat-sharing continues ad nauseam as regional satraps try to outfox the national parties. The tug of war between the various allies of the UPA and the NDA is an indication of sheer political opportunism, with each party trying to hoodwink the other, with an eye on electoral gains. One wonders when they’ll get the time to concentrate on some good governance.
S.k. Shah, Delhi

Such uniform criticism
apropos of the article by Soumitro Das Life in gunsmoke valley (March 19, it’s preposterous to call the Indian Army an occupation army. While highlighting fictitious atrocities committed by the armed forces, he forgets that it is the Army that has helped curb militancy in the Valley, allowing two consecutive free and fair elections. The average Kashmiri holds the soldier in high esteem and Kashmiri loyalties to India cannot be faulted. Are human rights meant only for terrorists and their supporters? Das should know that terrorists cannot be treated with kid gloves and in counter-terrorism, collateral damage can never be avoided. But for the Army, the Valley would have become another Swat, with militants knocking at the doors of New Delhi.
Ramachandran Mahesh, Delhi

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The Indian Army has long been a disciplined force, both at home and on international missions. Instead of deploying the Army against fellow citizens on the pretext of counter-terrorism, the government must, instead, support the local administration to take responsibility for the law and order situation, backed by strong political will and economic incentives, to address the problem of militancy. Also, Kashmiri Pandits need to be brought back into the mainstream of J&K society where they rightfully belong.
Jag Prakash Dar, Delhi

It’s just half the story
Apropos of Harsh Mander’s article The buck stops here (March 20), the film Firaaq is just old wine in a new bottle, one among many on Gujarat. Why is it that no one has made a documentary or a film on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots? In fact, the perpetrators of that massacre are often seen sitting in Congress meetings. I also fail to understand why no one has come forward to make a film on the atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. The Congress continues to reap dual benefits from its appeasement policies and the outcome of foolish decisions taken during Partition.
Rajinder katoch, Delhi

A crooked bargain
with reference to the editorial Getting out of hand (The Pundit, March 19), it is a systemic flaw that helps politicians go scot-free despite code of conduct violations. Leaders are shown distributing cash but no action is taken and parties continue to field convicts as candidates. There seems to be a tacit agreement among leaders of all political parties to keep mum on these issues. And the electorate too is silent.
SD Sahay, Delhi