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Valley of disenchantment

india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 03:14 IST

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In her article Missing the boat (February 3), Barkha Dutt has focused on the state of people in the Valley. But what affected me most was the question, ‘what about the terrorists who surrender in expectation of a better life?’ The government should take steps to provide them with some sort of future as a reward for their courageous step of making amends for their misdeeds.

Abhishek Pandey
Jaipur

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Barkha Dutt’s investigation of fake encounters in Kashmir is unbiased and focuses on the violations of human rights. Ask those whose parents or dear ones have been killed in such deplorable encounters. It is pertinent that the recent revelation of alleged encounters is only an example. How could this enchanted Valley be reduced to a graveyard?

Afaq Ahmad
via e-mail

III

Barkha Dutt is pointing towards the son of Ghulam Rasool Padroo but not to the innocent people who were killed by police, army and terrorists. The government should take steps to ensure that the Kashmiri people get security, education, employment and entertainment. Otherwise, terror and insecurity will prevail for years to come.

Sumaiya Rafiq Zargar
Srinagar

IV

Barkha Dutt is more concerned about the rehabilitation of terrorists than the victims of terrorism in Kashmir. She is ignoring the fact that more than three lakh Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to leave the Valley need to be rehabilitated. On the one hand, she is suggesting to set up a commission for inquiring the disappearance of Kashmiri Muslims, but on the other she is not saying even a word about the Pandits who were killed by terrorists.

Sunil Bhat
via e-mail


Urban nightmare

Apropos of the report Mismanagement has led to the present civic mess (February 8), we expect this will continue as long as vote-bank politics takes precedence over good governance. Delhi cannot be compared with any foreign city as the requirements here are different. The city has grown from an overgrown village to a capital city without any change in its culture. Skyscrapers will cause more traffic problems as the roads are not wide enough to take the extra vehicular traffic.

Shivraj
Delhi


In a fix again

Apropos of the report Windies cricketer in betting net (February 8), the ghost of match fixing could not have come at a worse time. The World Cup is just a month away and unfortunate part is that everytime this issue crops up in India.

Bal Govind
Bareilly


No retail therapy

Supply chain giant Wal-Mart’s entry into the Indian markets is going to have serious repercussions. In India, the employment scenario is already dismal. Wal-Mart’s advent will cause havoc when the local kirana shops sink under the competition. With SEZs already in trouble, the employment situation will worsen further.

Avijit Sharma
Delhi


Make pro-people

Abhirup Sarkar in Real estate, unreal methods (February 8) has analysed the various aspects of land acquisition for setting up new industries. Industrialisation is must for development and so is the land for new projects. The government should convince the farmers and protect their interests so that they give their land willingly. There is no reason that Singur, Nandigram etc. should occur when every development is for the people.

Abhishek Shekhar
via e-mail


Left in the lurch

The report Buddha offers to dump SEZs if comrades want (February 9), industrialisation in West Bengal took a backseat during the early days of Left rule when the focus was shifted to rural reforms. The attitude of the Left allies, who are stuck with the ideological baggage of the past, is unfortunate. They should learn from China and understand that an ideology that does not evolve is reduced to a meaningless dogma.

JM Manchanda
Delhi


Real fears

Abhirup Sarkar in Real estate, unreal methods (February 8) buttresses his claim that the quantum of arable land that needs to be acquired for setting up new industries in West Bengal is too small to threaten the future food security of the state’s people. He should remember that many people will lose their livelihoods. This too must be made clear to the public.

Meher Engineer
via e-mail

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