The Valley is not all that is there to Kashmir; there's Jammu & Ladakh
This has reference to the editorial A silver lining in a dark cloud (Our Take, October 27). The three Kashmir interlocutors, intellectuals like Arundhati Roy and those in power at the Centre must remember that the Indian Parliament had adopted a unanimous resolution that stated: "The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and shall be an integral part of India and any attempts to separate it from the rest of the country will be resisted by all necessary means."
They must be reminded that the Valley is only a very small part of the state and the separatists do not represent the people of the state, which also comprises Ladakh and Jammu. Unless the aspirations of the people of Ladakh and Jammu and of the Kashmiri Pandits are taken into account, the recommendations of the interlocutors to the Centre will have no legitimacy.
M C Joshi, Lucknow
Arundhati Roy is not a politician, so she should stop talking about subjects of which she has no knowledge of (I said what millions say in Kashmir: Roy, October 27). Roy would do well to educate herself by meeting the Kashmiri Pandits staying in camps across the country.
She should also visit Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and then compare the living and economic standards of those living there with the people of the Valley. The so-called oppression or suppression by the security forces is only a bogey raised by the separatist leaders in the state to hide their links with the terrorists.
The Valley will not be able to sustain independence without Jammu and Ladakh and India's support.
Virendra Kumar, via email
Stop this political drama
This is with reference to the report Rahul rides aam aadmi train (October 29). The incident is nothing but a drama to fool the common people. Riding in a second-class train compartment or eating a meal with a Dalit do not prove in anyway that Rahul is capable of leading the country.
Subhash Behari, Delhi
Enlarge the CWG probe net
The report Delhi govt wants CAG to limit probe (October 28) once again proves that the Congress-led government is reluctant to allow the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to investigate all the 76 projects that were undertaken for the Commonwealth Games.
It seems that the Sheila Dikshit government is trying to shield the corrupt officers and the shoddy work carried out by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Public Works Department. Both agencies spent crores of taxpayers' money on maintenance and resurfacing of the city's roads.
But due to the poor quality of their work, the roads developed potholes even before the Games started. In addition to the financial, the technical aspects should also be investigated.
J P Bhargava, via email
Don't spare the guilty
With reference to the report No green nod given to Adarsh (October 29), the case should be investigated thoroughly because it concerns all those who have given up everything for the welfare and security of the country.
By cornering the flats in one of the best-known areas in Mumbai, the rich and powerful of the country have again proved that they can go to any depths for their own gains.
Raghubir Singh, Pune
Their language hurdles
With reference to the editorial In Queenspeak surely (The Pundit, October 29), it was interesting to note that a small Uttar Pradesh village has understood the importance of mastering English.
However, it also shows that the State's education system has failed to deliver the skills required to move ahead in this competitive world.
Manish Garg, via email