Apropos of the editorial Keep walking (March 8), the first meeting of the joint terror mechanism indicates that both India and Pakistan have realised that peace is the only alternative for a long-term amicable relationship. Though Pakistan is giving evidence of Indian involvement in Baluchistan disturbances and India showing evidence of jehadi involvement in the Mumbai blasts, this is nothing to be discouraged about as it is part of the game. If both countries show mutual respect for each other, then the distrust can subside.
Although the first meeting of the Indo-Pak joint terrorism mechanism was satisfactory, only time will tell whether this will help restore peace and stop terrorism in the country. Meanwhile, India must stay on its toes to catch any Pakistani attempt to use the mechanism in a wrong way.
Only lip service
It is a fact that empowerment of women can’t be achieved only by talking and giving long lectures on International Women’s Day. The Women’s Reservation Bill must be hailed by all so that the coming generation can reap the benefits. Parents must encourage their female wards and groom their talent so that the gold beneath the sand may shine.
Also, we should try to end the dowry system, educate our girls, stop child marriage and female foeticide.
The editorial Loss of innocence (March 12) gives a picture of what a government committed to the welfare of its people should undertake to protect children from abuse. But is it that easy? When we think about child abuse, the arena stretches to hundreds of innocent children who are forced into physical labour. No amount of money or laws protecting child labour will make any visible change until we become vigilant and work with a mission.