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The editorial A silver lining in a dark cloud (Our Take, October 27) is right in pointing out that though much is not expected from the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors, they can help start a dialogue.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2010 21:27 IST

The Centre must clearlystate its agenda on Kashmir
The editorial A silver lining in a dark cloud (Our Take, October 27) is right in pointing out that though much is not expected from the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors, they can help start a dialogue. Political will and vision is required to deal with such a problem. The Centre must identify the constraints in the Valley and the final objective must be clearly stated instead of forming an arbitrary set of interlocutors who indulge in random talk without any precise agenda.
S.K. Wasan, Noida

Let us create more winners
Rajdeep Sardesai in A level playing field (Beyond The Bite, October 22)
is right in stating that the success of small-town athletes in the Commonwealth Games suggests the emergence of a new sporting culture. Rural youth are stronger than their urban counterpart, thanks to the environment in which they are born and nurtured. The urban youth is educated and matured and also a worthy asset. The need is to nurture them all in the service of the country.
G.K. Arora, Delhi

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Sardesai says that instead of organising mega events in Delhi or other metros, if a fraction of that sum is spent in setting up sports infrastructure, India can produce several more medallists. But the Centre has to ensure that the state governments do not end up encouraging a new breed of state-level contractor-scamsters.
Natarajan Nagarajan, via email

Keeping up with the times
With reference to the editorial Changing its spots (The Pundit, October 27), the CPI(M) has committed several blunders, including the unmaking of a PM from within the party, opposition to the nuclear deal and the subsequent ditching of the UPA. It is set to lose its last bastion, West Bengal, in 2011 election. To re-establish itself, the Left Front must replace dogmatism with flexibility.
Ashok Ghosh, via email