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Stop violence in the Valley

With reference to Balraj Puri’s article It’s not Jammu or Kashmir (August 5), the violent protests in the Valley and in Jammu are dangerous developments.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2008 20:49 IST

With reference to Balraj Puri’s article It’s not Jammu or Kashmir (August 5), the violent protests in the Valley and in Jammu are dangerous developments. The protests will not only divide people on communal lines but will also provide a moral boost to separatists and jehadis. Political parties must sit together and bring the situation under control or else the current imbroglio can do irreversible damage to the secular image of our country.

Ashwani Sharma, via email

Time for solid planning

With reference to the report Real estate killing marshland (August 5), with Delhi’s rising population the demand for water and housing is bound to go up. Hence destroying marshlands to build habitation is not the solution. It destroys ecological balance and also puts the new buildings at risk. The government should think twice before embarking upon this foolish move.

K Venkataraman, Delhi

We are too mild mannered

Apropos of the report US warns Pakistan of serious action (August 4), America’s move is praiseworthy but we are yet to see the US seriously taking action against Pakistan. Pakistan’s involvement in the Kabul blast is proven and India must not mince words in warning Pakistan. How long will we go on being mild-mannered while dealing with Pakistan?

Murari Chaturvedi, Delhi

God’s disowned country

The report Even God cannot change our country (August 6) shows that even our mighty judiciary is exasperated with the state of the nation. There is no political party in our country which is free from corruption and is interested in administration. There is not a single party where there is inner-party democracy. And dissidents have the unenviable job of being traded like horses. What a nation we have become?

Baldev Jalandhry, Delhi

Musharraf’s ISI obsession

Apropos of the report ISI is Pak’s first line of defence: Musharraf (August 5), if the ISI is indeed Pakistan’s first line of defence, it should defend the country from external forces and not perpetrate violence in India and other countries. President Pervez Musharraf is either ignorant of the ISI’s role or is a collaborator in their nefarious activities.

RK Kutty, Bhopal

A problem of plenty

With reference to Srinivas Hebbar’s article All talk, no action (August 4), little do we realise that in India the case is not about lack of an intelligence cadre but of an overkill. When too many intelligence agencies work, we cannot expect results. What is required is to set up a nodal agency, which would be responsible not only for gathering intelligence but also collating it from different sources for research and analysis.

Surendra Deo, Delhi

Being Solzhenitsyn

Apropos of Michael T Kaufman’s article No man is an archipelago (August 5), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was an ardent advocate of democracy who, with his informed criticism, wanted to guide the millions in his country towards greater freedom. He combined his literary genius with his determination to change things for the better. That Soviet rulers sent him into exile shows that they saw him as a threat to their totalitarian ways. In his death the world has lost a man who stood for truth in the face of the most potent opposition.

Chintan Puri, Faridabad