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Rehabilitation of Tamils should be Rajapaksa’s top priority

With reference to the editorial Winning isn’t everything (Our Take, January 28), Mahinda Rajapaksa’s victory in the Sri Lankan presidential elections was not surprising. Sri Lankans have placed their trust in Rajapaksa for ending the extremist violence unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

india Updated: Jan 29, 2010 23:25 IST

With reference to the editorial Winning isn’t everything (Our Take, January 28), Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
victory in the Sri Lankan presidential elections was not surprising. Sri Lankans have placed their trust in Rajapaksa for ending the extremist violence unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In his second term as the president, Rajapaksa should fulfil his promise of amending the Constitution for bringing the Tamil population politically and economically at par with the country’s Sinhala majority. The rehabilitation of Tamils should top the president’s priority list.

Sravana Ramachandran, via email

Nalini must not be pardoned

Barkha Dutt’s demand that Nalini Sriharan, who is serving a life-term for her involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, should be pardoned is absurd (Life, death, and the quality of mercy, Third Eye, January 23). The article on the meeting between Rajiv Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Vadra and Sriharan highlights Dutt’s faith in the politics of fear and her sycophancy towards the Gandhi family.

K.M.P. Singh, via email

I agree with Barkha Dutt’s view that everyone responds differently to violence. While many, driven by emotions, believe in the policy of ‘eye

for an eye’, it’s only a few generous people who forgive others’ mistakes. It’s not surprising that, unlike Priyanka Vadra, people are unconcerned about Sriharan’s young daughter and her future.

Bal Govind, Noida

I agree with Dutt that the final decision of whether Nalini Sriharan should be punished or forgiven should rest with the Gandhi family. But considering that Rajiv Gandhi was a former prime minister, the

people of the country have a right to participate in the debate on whether she should be pardoned or not. Why didn’t Nalini think about her family and her child when she was planning the assassination?

Nupur Shrinet, via email

No roof over their heads

Harsh Mander’s article Cold, unfeeling city (January 27) exposes the

callousness of the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), who have failed to provide shelter to the homeless during the harsh winter months. Those officials found guilty of this neglect should be suitably punished. The Delhi government and the concerned department should realise that its beautification drive cannot be a reason to render poor people homeless.

G.L. Chaturvedi, via email

Overhaul the education system

Rukmini Banerji’s article It just doesn’t add up (January 26) exposes the incompetence of government officials who are responsible for improving the quality of primary education in the country. The truth is that our education system needs a complete overhaul. What is the point of passing a law like the Right to Education Act when problems like lack of
infrastructure, shortage of qualified teachers and old curricula still
persist?

Goutam Goswami, Dhanbad

Devaluing the Padma awards

This refers to Amitava Sanyal’s write-up Padma Bhushan Chatwal (January 29). The fact that Sant Singh Chatwal could not explain the charges levelled against him proves that he had done something wrong. Moreover, why has he been given the coveted honour? He has made no contribution to the social or economic profile of India. The Padma awards are given to people who achieve excellence in their field of work. It is a matter of concern that these days the Padma awards are being given to people of doubtful integrity.

K. Venkataraman, Delhi