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With reference to the editorial An early spring in the Valley (Our Take, August 30), Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is trying to gain political mileage with his decision to grant amnesty for stone-pelters.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2011 21:26 IST

Abdullah's call for peace will do the Valley more harm than good
With reference to the editorial An early spring in the Valley (Our Take, August 30), Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is trying to gain political mileage with his decision to grant amnesty for stone-pelters. The people who attacked security personnel in the Valley earlier this year don't deserve such leniency. The CM's decision also shows the state's disregard for the securitymen who bravely defended the state against the rioters. Abdullah has set a bad precedent and his decision will have serious repercussions in the days to come.
SK Gurtu, Jaipur

The Cabinet's being a spoilsport
It's indeed sad that the Cabinet has given in to the wishes of the members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and a handful of Union ministers who do not want the board to be brought under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) through the National Sports Development Bill 2011 (Sports bill: Cabinet refuses to play ball, August 31). The latest googly in the debate over the bill confirms that the UPA is not serious about tackling corruption, which is rampant in sporting bodies, especially the BCCI.
B Govind, Noida

Young and responsible
Anna Hazare's 12-day fast has helped our democracy rediscover itself (People's democracy, August 28). Hazare's victory is the victory of each and every Indian. It has proved that it will be naive to dismiss today's youth as the 'MTV generation', as the youth hasn't forgotten its duties and responsibilities towards the nation.
MC Joshi, Lucknow