Rise in petrol prices is fuelling dissatisfaction in the country
With reference to the article Petrol up by R1.68 in Delhi from today (March 2), the hike in petrol prices just a day after the Union budget was presented shows how dishonest the UPA government is. The government justifies this fuel price hike by citing external market forces. It must instead give the people a better and more convincing explanation for such arbitrary hikes.
Sush Kocher, Jaipur
Prevention is better than cure
Pulin B Nayak, in his article Long-distance runner (March 1), deftly argues that the government should spend a required amount on social sectors like health and education. The UPA must also focus on provisions for the availability of safe drinking water and sanitation. A focus on preventive rather than curative measures will help improve people's health. The author also rightly points out that the growth of private educational institutions in the higher education sector has come at the cost of liberal arts education in the country.
Shirin Rais, Aligarh
The problem is not so simple
Though Samar Halarnkar's opinion in Reimagining Kashmir (Maha Bharat, February 28) is justified, there are many dimensions to tackling Kashmir. The truth is much more complex than the writer's views. It is easy to single out state and security forces while conveniently forgetting that the local population has also supported those intent on the escalation of violence. To compensate for some imagined guilt, it seems Kashmir has become India's own Tibet. The narrative of Kashmir is informed by the history of Partition, and also by the desire for a safer and happier subcontinent.
Vineet Kaul, Delhi