On Kashmir, the UPA can’t have the cake and eat it too
If Home Minister P. Chidambaram believes that the solution to Kashmir’s problems lies in fulfilling past pledges made by the Centre, then there was no need for an all-party delegation to visit Kashmir to assess the situation (Must consider past pledges to J&K: PC, September 19). He should grant autonomy to Kashmir and let it secede from India. The UPA is undecided on its Kashmir policy. If it doesn’t want to let go of Kashmir, it should repeal Article 370, arrest the separatists and let the law take its own course.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
Not a beneficiary of growth
Lalita Panicker’s article It’s an emergency (September 17) made for an interesting reading. No one but the Health Ministry must be blamed for the high maternal mortality rate in India. It’s clear that the benefits of national growth are not percolating down to those who need it the most. It’s sad that the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee is oblivious of the inhumane working conditions that are affecting the health of women labourers and their children.
Jugal Kishore, via email
A new diplomatic tool
With reference to the editorial Speaking the right language (Our Take, September 18), Human Resource and Development (HRD) ministry’s decision to introduce Mandarin in CBSE schools is praiseworthy. In a globalised world, it’s important to ensure that linguistic barriers don’t come in the way of building healthy inter-national relations. But cultural exchanges shouldn’t stop at just teaching Mandarin to Indians. The HRD ministry should persuade the Chinese government to introduce Hindi lessons in their school curricula.
Anindita Ghosh, via email