With reference to the report Jaya seeks Cong hand (February 20), the AIADMK leader, J Jayalalithaa’s sudden love for the Congress, and her desire to join hands with the party, stating that Indira Gandhi was like a mother to her, is nothing but opportunism. Though relations between the Congress and the AIADMK were cordial in the MGR days, Jayalalithaa has been playing games with the Congress and the BJP just to gain power. She is one of those who made statements against Sonia Gandhi when the question of selecting the PM came up after the last elections.
TT Sakaria, Delhi
A sleeping watchdog
With reference to the editorial While they are sleeping (Our Take, February 23), it is a matter of concern that thousands of parents lose their children every year, while the police remains ignorant of their problems and fails to make these cases their priority. This may be because most of these cases occur among the poorer section of people. It is time the Delhi Police started taking responsibility and fulfilling the duties of their office. Children are the future of our country and it’s very important to secure their lives.
Kanika Tiwari, via email
Offending the defence forces
Apropos of the report Soldiers’ pension row reaches HC (February 23), the aggrieved pensioners should be ready for a legal battle as the High Court may take years to give its verdict. If it is in favour of the pensioners, the government may still try to deny them. The Sixth Pay Commission recommended a pension formula to give ‘one rank one pension’ only to the IAS in which almost every officer retires at the secretary-level. Whether a secretary retired in 1979 or 2009, he gets the same pension. ‘Equality before law’ enshrined in the Constitution is perhaps meant only for the powerful.
Devendra Narain, via email
With friends like this...
Brahma Chellaney’s article Stop this Faustian bargain (February 25) may be a good starting point as US President Barack Obama has started performing across sensitive parts of the globe where the US is involved. Obama is trying to create the impression that al-Qaeda is different from the Taliban. Since his election, Obama has been trying to appease and placate fundamentalists. But the Taliban and al-Qaeda cannot be different because they serve the same interest — that of Islamic expansion. India does not seem to be on Obama’s agenda except for political manipulation in relation to Pakistan. India should be cautious of Obama.
Keshav Prasad, via email
VHP’s really off the mark
The report No jihad in India, says Darul Uloom (February 23), it is amusing to know that the VHP wants a fatwa to declare that India is a country of peace against which Muslims should not launch jihad. But who told the VHP that Muslims believe India is an enemy country. For Muslims, India has always been a country of peace. Muslims have a religious duty to make peace throughout the world. Terror in any form, in any country is not acceptable to civilised society. Killing innocent people in the name of jihad is against the Islamic tenet and faith.
M Iqtedar H Farooqi, Lucknow
Growing but not developing
Apropos of the report Expressway fencing starts (February 23), the fencing of the expressway, the construction of subways and pedestrians walk-over bridges at strategic locations should have happened simultaneously with the construction and opening of the expressway. Users of the BRT route in Delhi face the same problems. These are caused by unrealistic planning and execution of projects. The other negative development in Delhi is the lack of parking space. In fact, the lopsided development of Delhi and the wrong policies of the government have damaged the image of the Capital city.
A L Agarwal, Delhi