With reference to Pankaj Vohra's article Between stones and hard place (Between Us, July 19), it's futile to fret over misgovernance in Kashmir today. The incidents of bomb blasts, cross-border terrorism, ethnic violence and so on, had increased in the 1980s. Weak governments at both central and state levels helped anti-nationalists instigate the people of Kashmir against trusting their democratic leaders. Today, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is being made to pay the price for mistakes committed by his predecessors.
JL Ganjoo, Delhi
David Devadas's article The Kashmir stories (July 21) was quite insightful. Increasing security deployment or imposing curfews will not solve the Valley's problems. The need of the hour is for the Centre to listen to what people of Kashmir — and not the state government or the media — have to say about their problems and their possible solutions.
Somi Das, Delhi
The lioness of Lanka
Gopalkrishna Gandhi rightly states that Sri Lanka faced innumerable political crises in the 60s and the 70s (Srimati Lanka, Incidentally, July 17). However, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, as Gandhi correctly notes, showed the world that women politicians are no less efficient than their male counterparts. She not only worked for Sri Lanka's economic and social welfare, but also defended the nation against many internal and external threats. It's also true that Sri Lanka has always turned to India for help and New Delhi has never disappointed it. The credit for this bonhomie between the two nations goes to ambitious and far-sighted leaders like Bandaranaike.
Ram Anuj, Dehradun
Trial by error as usual
With reference to the report Pillai remark on ISI ill-timed, says Krishna (July 22), it's a pity that Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna fell into Pakistan's trap last week in Islamabad. Pakistan has a knack for derailing peace talks with India. This time, it tried to cover up its shortcomings by making a mountain out of the molehill of Home Secretary G.K. Pillai's comment on the Inter-Services Intelligence's involvement in the 26/11 attacks. But what was shocking was that Krishna approved Shah Mehmood Qureshi's retort to Pillai's remarks. Krishna's mistake cannot be ignored. The prime minister must ask him to quit his post.
Uday Agnihotri, Delhi
Off the rails always
The editorial Chugging into a danger zone (Our Take, July 21) rightly states that it's not very difficult to ensure the safety of the railways. The installation of anti-collision devices (ACDs) and auxiliary warning systems will go a long way towards lowering the number of rail accidents. But Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee seems too busy with West Bengal's politics to take note of the problems that her ministry faces. But then one wonders whether even if Banerjee resigns, given the corruption in the ministry, her successor will be able to ensure that no rail accidents occur in the future?
RK Malhotra, Delhi
A case of subversion
It is unfortunate that senior advocate H.S. Phoolka has been forced to withdraw all cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots ('84 riot case lawyer says he will quit, July 22). The allegation made against him by Paramjit Singh Sarna is incorrect. Sarna, a staunch Congress supporter, is trying to subvert the law to save Congress MP Sajjan Kumar who
was allegedly involved in the riots. The entire Sikh community is indebted to Phoolka for his efforts to get justice for the victims of the 1984 violence.
PJ Singh, Delhi