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The price of peace

Apropos of the report Kashmir burns as five die in police fire (August 12), the solution to the Amarnath Shrine land problem should not be sought with an eye on appeasement.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2008 21:34 IST

The price of peace


Apropos of the report Kashmir burns as five die in police fire (August 12), the solution to the Amarnath Shrine land problem should not be sought with an eye on appeasement. There is something called national interest. Both the Vaishno Devi and Amarnath yatras are strong links between Kashmir and the rest of India and should be saved and enriched at all costs. If it takes a piece of land to preserve the sovereignty of our nation, one that includes J&K, then so be it.


Sidharth Sachdev, Ranchi

Shape up or ship out
With reference to the report Stage set for Musharraf’s impeachment (August 11), Pakistani politics is in flux and even the US President has distanced himself from Pervez Musharraf. However, further ignominy and danger to his person should be avoided. He should be given safe passage to his choice of destination, since the Taliban and other terrorist elements may target him for his role in the war on terror. Ironically, after years in power, he is still a stranger to the people of Pakistan. And the masses do not care if he is impeached.
Dawoodi Morkas, Karachi

Bite the bullet for change
With reference to the editorial The man who’s made us trigger-happy (Our Take, August 12), Abhinav Bindra has made the country proud, and the accolades are well-deserved. But one wonders if the rewards coming Bindra’s way from various government agencies could have been utilised for the uplift of sporting facilities instead. There are many Bindras out there in need of better coaching, training and equipment. The money can be channelised better instead of showering Bindra with unneccesary riches.
Neha Rathi, Delhi

II
India has opened its account and won its first-ever individual Olympics gold medal, thanks to Abhinav Bindra’s master marksmanship. Since this honour has taken 108 years in coming, and we do not know how long it might take to repeat the feat, let’s just bask in the glory before the gloom sets in from our expected failures at the Games.
SC KAPOOR, Noida

III
Shooting is an expensive sport. Looking at Abhinav Bindras’ privileged family background, I feel that it would have been very difficult for any ordinary Indian citizen to get the sort of training he has got. The government could start a separate programme for all major sports, by making funds available even at village levels to search for talented youngsters. Those selected should receive specialised training which could be sponsored by big corporate houses. Abhinav's achievement should fire the first bullet of change targeting India’s sporting talent.
RP Pareek, Pilani