The decision taken by women’s colleges in Kanpur to ban jeans for girls is welcome. Even the co-ed colleges should follow suit. Today, students sport indecent clothes and get into trouble because of it. They should maintain decorum in educational institutions and wear appropriate clothes. They should concentrate on learning instead of wasting time discussing changing fashion trends. A man’s clothes tell a lot about him. There are different clothes for males and females and the trends vary from culture to culture. Today’s youngsters are forgetting their cultural values and adopting a culture that’s alien to us.
Md Asadullah Khan, Delhi
Wild, wild West Bengal
This is with reference to the report Naxals dig in, Kolkata dithers (June 17). West Bengal has been ruled by the Left for over 30 years now. In these three decades, it has negated Gandhian policies and used Marxism to rule and ruin the state. It is the Left that is responsible for the rise of Maoists. The lack of a strong administration has given rise to poverty in West Bengal and forced people to take up arms against the government. And the state government has even helped some of them to resort to violence for selfish reasons. Now when it is being attacked by the same monster, it wants the Centre to come to its rescue.
Vinod Tyagi, Delhi
Home Minister P Chidambaram’s advice to the West Bengal government on deploying its own forces to fight Maoists is unreasonable. West Bengal is part of India and the Centre cannot escape from its duty of protecting people. It is the duty of both the state and the Centre to stop the Lalgarh violence from spreading further. Politicising the issue will not help at this point in time when houses are being burnt and innocents being killed. All political parties should come together to resolve the crisis. Also, without a plan in place, one cannot expect security personnel to fire aimlessly at people. The West Bengal government should also check its style of governance and act decisively.
AH Maqdoomi, Gulbarga
Is the real BJP out there?
The BJP has always occupied an important place in India’s political history. It has always been seen as a strong alternative to the Congress and other political parties. But it’s a pity that the party has been plagued by petty internal rivalries. It should rise above these small crises and focus on more important issues. The party is in dire need of a charismatic leader who can steer the party to a victory in upcoming state elections and the next general election. There is a need to project party’s secular ideology, which appeals to all sections of society. It should understand that leaders like Varun Gandhi will only do harm to the party’s image and will not help its cause at the national level.
M Subrahmanyam, Lucknow
Apropos of the editorial Let’s stay on talking terms (Our Take, June 18), there is an old saying, ‘We can choose our friends, but not our neighbours.’ It is India’s misfortune that we have a hostile neighbour in the form of Pakistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rightly conveyed the message that until Pakistan works towards eliminating terrorists operating frfom its soil, it should not expect us to be amicable. And if it fails to do this job, we won’t hesitate from taking sterner measures to bring the 26/1 accused to justice.
Tarlok Singh, via email
India has suffered enough. We need to have a definite policy on Pakistan and for tackling terrorism emanating from that country. Manmohan Singh should not stop at just sending out a warning to Pakistan. He should seek assistance from the international community to put pressure on Pakistan. This is of paramount importance at a time when the Taliban is just kilometres away from the Indian border.
Ashna Bahl, via email