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india Updated: Oct 08, 2013 07:34 IST

It’s time to ensure that our elderly can live their sunset years with dignity

With reference to the editorial Still very much a grey area (October 7), it is matter of shame that a survey by NGO Help Age India has revealed more than one-fifth of the elderly across the country experienced abuse at home. Though a lot of assisted-living residential complexes are coming up in various parts of the country, they are very expensive.

They are definitely a very good alternative to run-down old-age homes but because of the high prices they are occupied by senior citizens who are either financially independent or can live off their retirement savings. What about poor senior citizens who neither have savings nor have children to look after them?

As India’s population is ageing sooner than expected, the government must create necessary infrastructure like old age homes especially for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged, wellness outreach programmes and safer neighbourhoods.

V Narayanan, Mumbai

The bandh in Andhra suggests that the UPA misread the Telangana mood

With reference to the report Shoot-at-sight order, blackout as Telangana anger spreads (October 7), it is worrisome that the anti-Telangana protests have crippled normal life in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. Hundreds of villages have plunged into darkness as the state electricity employees went on an indefinite strike.

This grim situation in Andhra Pradesh suggests that the Congress government at the Centre misread the pro-Telangana mood. It seems the UPA is now caught between a rock and a hard place — it can neither go back on the Telangana decision nor can it move forward with it given the anti-Telangana protests.

Mohd Mudassir Alam, via email

For India, talks with Nawaz Sharif are an exercise in futility

With reference to the editorial Little control over this line (Our Take, October 5), the massive infiltration attempts from across the LoC into Jammu and Kashmir from the Pakistani side clearly suggest that Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif has little or no control over the country’s army or the intelligence agency, ISI. It is futile for India to talk to a person who is not really in charge of the situation.

TS Murthy, via email

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