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The lost generation of J&K

Paro anand’s article Dare to dream (October 16) made for poignant reading. The secessionist violence in the Valley has taken a heavy toll on Kashmiriyat.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2008 22:24 IST

The lost generation of J&K
Paro anand’s article Dare to dream (October 16) made for poignant reading. The secessionist violence in the Valley has taken a heavy toll on Kashmiriyat. Ironically, a state that boasted of a near-zero crime rate till the late 1980s, is now identified with words like ethnic cleansing, exodus, encounter, curfew etc. Children, having lost the best of their childhood, are the worst sufferers. It is a tragedy that an entire generation of Kashmiris, forced to leave the Valley, has been forced to grow up far away from their homeland.
Lalit ambardar, Delhi

Let’s back the right horse
apropos of the report DMK human chain for Tamil cause (October 17), India’s support to the LTTE will only encourage separatists in J&K and embolden Pakistan. Tamils in Sri Lanka have valid reasons to complain, but they should resort to peaceful means of redressal. India can help raise the issue at world fora. Prabhakaran is power hungry and is exploiting the cause to achieve his goal. Loss of lives will cease if the LTTE is neutralised. India must not give in to pressure from Karunanidhi, but should try and facilitate negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamils.
K mohindra, via email

Taxing times
with reference to Pramit Pal Chaudhuri’s article How to fix this mess (Wonk's World, October 16), there can be no denying the fact that the burgeoning fiscal deficit is adding to inflationary pressures, but it isn’t fair to put all the blame on Chidambaram’s shoulders. The present crisis, fuelled by a global rally in commodity prices, including food and oil, has wreaked global havoc with some countries recording inflation rates much higher than India. The widening trade deficit and FIIs selling assets have exerted a downward pressure on the rupee. But none of this was foreseen by the best global minds.
Ashish Athale, Bhopal

II
Finance minister P Chidambaram had claimed that he would withdraw the fringe benefit tax (FBT) and cash withdrawal tax (CWT) if they fail to achieve their purpose. Now it has been proven that these two taxes are illogical and have failed to serve a purpose. Though CWT is to be withdrawn from next year, the Minister has not taken steps to withdraw FBT. Probably just because that would mean admitting he was wrong in the first place.
M kumar, via email

Right trial, wrong jury
with reference to the report No clean chit yet for Batla shootout: NHRC (October 17), in most countries, it is left to the police to deal with killers, but in India trials are conducted by the media and politicians.Clearly, it is these two groups who must restore confidence of the people in the fairness of the law and order machinery, also keeping in mind the victims and their rights too. Let’s not contribute to the distortions we seek to avoid.
PN Razdan, via email

Packaging nutritious meals
apropos of the report No to ready-to-eat meals (October 17), school kids have often fallen ill after consuming cooked mid-day meals. As an alternative, big manufacturers of packaged food can be asked by the government to provide healthy and nutritious packaged food, through partial or full sponsorship of the programme, catering to children’s tastes.
Madhu Agrawal, Delhi