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Now is the time to act

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 22:36 IST
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Now is the time to act
With reference to Betwa Sharma’s Caught in their own web (February 3), India cannot retract its longstanding demand to extradite the honchos of D-Company, LeT, JeM, etc. who are being well-nurtured on Pakistani soil. India should put Pakistan under continuous pressure, with the help of the international community, to dismantle terror outfits and also expedite its extradition demands. This is the time for India to force Pakistan to deliver. There is no point in giving a break to Pakistan unless it takes some positive steps to prove it is worthy.
Saumya Brata Panda, Noida

A free-and-fair EC is a must
Apropos of the editorial Taking the EC way out (Our Take, February 3), the spat between Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and Election Commissioner N. Chawla is damaging the reputation of the Election Commission (EC). Therefore, the appointments, removals and code of conduct pertaining to all the Commissioners of the EC should be done by an independent commission which enjoys the confidence of all political parties. This way, the Commissioners at all levels will not only be non-partisan, but will be perceived to be so. Both Gopalaswami and Chawla, who are courting controversy, fail the above test, hence neither has a place in this constitutional body.
VBN Ram, Delhi

It seems the Congress has an uncanny knack of courting controversies. The ruling party could have avoided nominating a tainted person of background as the Election Commissioner, or at least distanced itself from N. Chawla when the Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami had questioned his conduct in the past. But, as always, political compulsions have won, with elections around the corner.
N Divakaran, via email

Don’t jump to conclusions
Recently, Muslims from Azamgarh came to Delhi to protest the labelling of their district as one that breeds terrorists (Azamgarh’s power trip, January 31). But it is not correct to label the whole community as guilty, just as the media and the Muslim community have been blaming all of Gujarat as anti-Muslim after Godhra. It is merely a coincidence that all the culprits caught and killed at Batla House were from Azamgarh. It must be made clear that the Indians are against terrorists, and not Azamgarh.
Udita Agrawal, Delhi

Leading by example
The report 8-year-old stabs friend during a game of catch (February 3), has again triggered growing concerns about the safety of our neighbourhoods. Though a fit of rage was to blame, we must not forget that through our actions, we are also responsible for the acts of our wards, both how we behave in public and in domestic situations. In fact, children are innocent, but the atmosphere we create for them makes them good or bad citizens. We must introspect and make an effort to correct our own actions first.
Manoj R Kumar, Delhi

Whither peaceful dissent?
The report Protestor throws shoe at Chinese premier (February 3), is quite disturbing for a civilised society. It shows an acute sense of intolerance, even in the hallowed portals of an academic institution like the formidable Cambridge University. The protest seems only to be against the victory of Chinese ideology for the leaps made by its economy. Is there no place for contrasting views at the Cambridge campus?
Balram Misra, via email

Take action against Naxals
Apropos of the report Naxalites kill 15 cops, take away arms (February 3), apart from renegade outfits, the danger faced from Naxalites is a real one. The manner in which the latest attack in Gadchiroli has been executed makes for a chilling narrative. The problem will have to be tackled at a political level as a law and order issue. The government needs to act quickly.
Milind Kher, via email