Pradeep Magazine’s article Home and Away (August 29) made for great reading given the situation in J&K. It is noteworthy that a Kashmiri Pandit has come out in favour of the residents of Kashmir. I studied in a Jammu college, the only point similar to all of us was the harassment our families faced at home, largely at the hands of the Army. The recent turn of events came as no surprise to me or my friends. Magazine has rightly highlighted the abusive language used by the Army. This is so sad, and I wonder if we Kashmiri Pandits will ever be able to go beyond this.
Shikhar Ganjoo, Delhi
Beyond a point of repair
Sitaram Yechury in India, anybody home? (Left hand drive, August 28) raps the UPA for delaying Parliament session and denying any discussion on important issues facing the country. It is good to say all this for the sake of argument, but has any discussion solved a problem in India? He is expecting too much from our parliamentarians. Controlling crucial problems like inflation, the J&K turmoil, floods in Bihar and poverty alleviation defy any solution because the UPA has allowed them to reach this low point.
HL Dhawan, via email
Sitaram Yechury rightly says that except remaining preoccupied with his singular agenda of the Indo-US nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s performance during these four years has been like that of a debtor who is grouped among a bank’s non-performing assets. The postponement of Parliament’s monsoon session, where issues like inflation, increasing terror strikes, ceasefire violations and so on could be discussed, raises doubts about the government’s bona fide intentions.
JL Ganjoo, Delhi
Let’s remember our national heroes
With reference to Gulu Ezekiel’s write-up How can he ever be out? (August 27), it was nice that you gave such coverage to Sir Don Bradman on his birth centenary on August 27. But, on the other hand, what I find baffling is the fact that your paper has not devoted a single word to the legendary hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand on his birthday on August 29. Dhyan Chand has done a lot for hockey. It is shameful that we forget our heroes and then cry about not nurturing sportsmen.
Ashok Wigh, Gurgaon
Behind the smokescreen
Apropos of the report India’s poll stars rise (August 27), one wonders how many political parties we need. Will the recent addition of Praja Rajyam headed by filmstar Chiranjeevi serve the state or the nation? If Chiranjeevi wanted to serve the people, he could have done it even without launching a party. The country needs people like Chiranjeevi to work not only for the development of the country but also help to manage the innumerable problems facing the country.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad