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There’s clear and present danger from jihadis

Ashok Malik in Political plaything (June 23) made the startling revelation about the government deliberately downplaying the role of the UN Security Council-listed Pakistani jihadis in the Samjhauta Express blast that took place in 2007.

india Updated: Jun 25, 2010 23:20 IST

There’s clear and present danger from jihadis

Ashok Malik in Political plaything (June 23) made the startling revelation about the government deliberately downplaying the role of the UN Security Council-listed Pakistani jihadis in the Samjhauta Express blast that took place in 2007. This is a mockery of our claims that we are the worst victims of Islamic terrorism. There are scores of Pakistan-sponsored terror commanders and their cohorts roaming free in India who need to be tried for crimes against humanity. It’s time the Indian government stopped brushing crucial political and security issues under the carpet.

Lalit Ambardar, Delhi

We should keep the faith

Gopalkrishna Gandhi in Taking the high road (Incidentally, June 19) reflected the agony of a person who firmly believes that in truth lies god. All the doubts that Gandhi raises are reasonable. Only faith can win over doubt and in order to let faith take over our lives, all we have to do is be dedicated to the work that we do and concentrate on dharma. For it is only by adopting dharma that we can truly imbibe our national ideals of service and renunciation, which will ultimately benefit civil society.

Sunil Kohli, Delhi

II

Gopalkrishna Gandhi defined effortlessly what sustainable development stands for and the means to achieve it. As Mahatma Gandhi had said “the earth has enough to fulfil everyone’s need, but not greed”. If we were to follow these ideals as a nation, we would be rid of many of our problems.

Debashish Manna, via email

For an equal allocation

This has reference to Samar Halarnkar’s article Am I who I say I am? (Maha Bharat, June 24). That our social security system is entirely flawed is well-known. And the rampant corruption in the government only adds to the misery of the common man. The Centre must make an effort to do away with the corruption so that once the Unique Identity Card (UIC) comes into existence the beneficiaries of the social scheme can get the most out of it. The UIC would help to allocate resources equally among the needy.

D.R. Gulati, via email

At home but often alone

Dev Lahiri in his article Re-learning the alphabet (June 24), rightly pointed out that we need to work towards a more inclusive and efficient educational system. However, just having an exemplary educational system with trained teachers doesn’t solve all problems. We live in a fast-changing world where parents hardly have any time for their children. As a result the children feel neglected and ignored and this often leads to resentment and depression among them. In order to avoid child suicides, we need to strike a balance between home and the outside world.

Arundhuti Ganguly, Kolkata

A goal to aim for

This refers to the editorial Double Deutsche to us (The Pundit, June 23). The West Bengal government’s decision to hold football matches in Maoist-infested areas to alienate negative influences merits praise. And the fact that the best player will be sent to Bayern Munich for training holds much promise. Let’s hope that this scheme doesn’t fizzle out like the other Bengal government’s projects.

Azhar A. Khan, Lucknow

Correction

The article No control freaks, please (June 25) was jointly written by Arvind Verma and Kiran Bedi. Arvind Verma’s credit was left out. We regret the error.

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