Harsh Mander in his article Generation afraid (August 1) has shed copious tears for those who have suffered during security operations in Kashmir. Sadly, he has no words of sympathy for the members of the security forces who have lost their lives defending the security and integrity of the country. Collateral damages are unfortunate, but no sovereign government can spare secessionists because some collateral damage is likely to take place.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
The story narrated by Harsh Mander may be true, but that does not mean that he should be oblivious to the other side. Who is responsible for the mess in the Kashmir Valley? Why is the Army harsh towards Kashmiris? The reason is that even today, terrorists take shelter with locals. Security forces are ambushed routinely. The jawans are getting killed. If the Kashmiri youth is feeling the heat, they should make the army believe that they are Indians first and Kashmiri later.
GK Arora, Delhi
The biggest fear of the average Kashmiri is to be captured by the police for interrogation. People have become refugees in their own land. Everybody is presumed to be linked with militants unless proven otherwise. The youth are the worst affected.
A.K. Sharma, via email
Don’t let farmers come a cropper
APROPOS of the editorial As you sow, you may not reap (Our Take, July 31), the government should take measures for providing facilities to farmers who suffer due to rainfall deficiency. The monsoons are unpredictable and the kharif crops are water-intensive. Hence precautionary measures are a must.
Kanika Tiwari, via email
Tackle terror sans politics
With reference to Neelesh Misra’s report 10 ways to fight terror (July 28), measures to fight terror can only be effective if we have a well-coordinated system without political interference. Terrorists are not bound by any rules of war and hence would always choose their time, place, target and method to strike.
Vinod K. Sharma, via email
A case of travelling right
Apropos of N. Chandra Mohan’s article Why doesn’t Tata want to flag down a Nano (July 30), taxis plying in the West are older models. New models are seldom put to use as taxis. As far as luxury taxis are concerned, people would prefer big luxury cars to a small car like Nano.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Blood is not thicker than water
Apropos of Can’t use blood donor cards for your grandparents (August 2), it is shocking and absurd that people cannot use their blood donor cards to help their own grandparents. This should be immediately rectified.
Narendra kumar, Delhi
A man of courage and conviction
Harkishan Singh Surjeet was one of the founder-members of the CPI(M) after the CPI’s vertical split in 1964. A staunch opponent of communal politics, it was his efforts that led to the Left supporting the UPA. He was a vehement critic of terrorism in Punjab. He even dared to tear the Union Jack and hoist the tricolour in Hoshiarpur when he was 16, for which he was shot at by the British police and later jailed. I differ with his party’s thinking but my deepest condolences to the family of the departed leader.
Bidyut Chatterjee, Faridabad