Omar’s not all that reasonable
Rajdeep Sardesai in his article Cash strapped (July 25) has hyped up Omar Abdullah’s speech in Parliament on the day of the trust vote. Abdullah’s speech, though unusual in the present political atmosphere of Kashmir and, therefore, welcome, also contained a warning that any reconsideration of forest land to the Amarnath Shrine Board would be only over his dead body. This statement does disservice to the National Conference, the secular party founded by his grandfather.
PN Razdan, via email
Whatever Omar might claim, the Home Ministry has confirmed that hundreds of temples have been damaged and a number of Amarnath pilgrims have been victims of fundamentalist attacks in the Valley. Abdullah’s patriotic credentials will be established only if his party facilitates the demand of the Kashmiri Pandits to take control of their religious places and if he oversees the restoration of land to the Amarnath Shrine Board.
Ramesh Manvati, via email
The Speaker has feet of clay
Somnath Chatterjee was elected on the CPI(M) ticket and he became the Speaker only because his party entered into an alliance with the UPA. Now, to cling to his post, he has taken the high moral ground. If he is so concerned about morality, he should allow the broadcast of the tapes containing the notes-for-votes sting. Rajdeep, as editor of the channel that carried out the sting, should show the original tapes to the public so that we all get to know the truth.
Tirath Garg, Ferozepur
It’s Tata to Nano taxis
N Chandramohan in his article Why doesn’t Tata want to flag down a Nano? (July 30) is right in informing that the Mercedes is used as taxis in Germany. Or for that matter the Ford Crown Victoria is used as a cab in the US. Interestingly the brands mentioned in the article have a huge international presence and their largest market, the US, is away from their home — where they are used as cabs. So in a way Ratan Tata is right in flagging down the use of Nano as taxis.
Dhairya Gupta, via email
A process of elimination
The measures Neelesh Misra has spelt out in 10 ways to fight terror (July 28) are pertinent. The need is to implement them confidently. We also need to set up a semi-official agency, similar to the Israeli office that hunts down Nazi war criminals. This agency, working covertly, would be entrusted with liquidating those known to be indulging in anti-Indian activities but are immune from the law. This is bound to be effective in the long run.
Jyotsna Sahai, via email