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Social evil

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 00:28 IST

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The Sachar Committee report on the socio-economic condition of Muslims has added one more spanner on the already bleeding social fabric of this country, which is being divided on caste and communal lines. We claim to be the largest democracy in the world and a secular regime. Is there any other democracy in the world where the State divides its subjects on the basis of caste and religion to meet social or economic objectives.

OP Tandon, Delhi

Old trick

The report Centre plans security cover for aged (November 30) is an eyewash meant to win over the votes of senior citizens at the time of elections. The government wants to absolve itself of responsibility in providing care and support to senior citizens. Why does the government not exempt them from paying taxes or give them higher tax relief, or provide free medical treatment, build old-age living homes and provide them free travel?

India is backward when assessed in terms of liberal facilities available to senior citizens in Britain. Will the government act in time?

AL Agarwal, Delhi

Unhealthy trend

The Violence following the desecration of Ambedkar’s statue is not the first of its kind either in Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country. Anti-social elements, both Dalits or non-Dalits, should be dealt with an iron hand. Protests cannot be allowed to lead to a breakdown of law and order.

KV Seetharamaiah, via e-mail

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Mumbai is the economic capital of India and enemies of the State are trying to destabilise it. This requires careful handling by the government. It must pay as close attention to this as it does in unearthing terrorists.

Bapu Satyanarayana Anand

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